1931 Cord L-29 Rumble Seat Cabriolet / 2231 Chassis Information

1931 Cord L-29 photograph

1931 Cord L-29 photograph

1931 Cord L-29 photograph

1931 Cord L-29 photograph

1931 Cord L-291931 Cord L-291931 Cord L-291931 Cord L-29
Rumble Seat Cabriolet
Chassis #: 2231
Serial # 2929157
Engine # FD 3638
Sold for $203,500 at 2010 RM Auctions - Vintage Motor Cars of Meadow Brook.
Sold for $224,000 at 2018 RM Sothebys : Monterey.
The Cord L-29 was the first major American production car to employ front-wheel drive. The configuration meant there was not a driveshaft tunnel which allowed the bodies to be mounted low on the frame. The interiors had flat floors which presented more spacious seating and a comfortable environment. Unfortunately, the Cord L-29 had been introduced just as the Great Depression was wreaking havoc, and production of the car faded away in late 1931.

This particular Cabriolet was built in January of 1931. It was given a concours-quality restoration that was completed in 1970, including installation of frame unit number 2231. It was one of the first examples exhibited in the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum in Auburn, Indiana, where it was on loan for several years in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

In 1985, it was in the care of Gordon R. Klodt of New Jersey. It was later purchased by Louis Wright who retained ownership until 2004, when the Cord was refreshed in its present striking color scheme and joined a Southwestern collection. The current owners acquired the car in 2010.

It has been Certified by the Club as a Category One Original Car, number CL-019.


By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2018

2018 RM Sothebys : Monterey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$225,000-$275,000 
Sale Price :
$224,000

2010 RM Auctions - Vintage Motor Cars of Meadow Brook

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$150,000-$200,000 
Sale Price :
$203,500

2019 1
2018 3
2017 2
2015 2
2014 2
2013 4
2012 4
2011 1
2010 1
2008 1

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2019$242,000$242,0001
2018$159,333$224,0003
2017$211,750$236,5002
2015$168,375$180,0002
2014$258,500$258,5002
2013$291,122$407,0004
2012$305,075$368,5004
2011$63,180$63,1801
2010$203,500$203,5001
2008$154,000$154,0001

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1931 sales)
1931 Cord L-29 Cabriolet
Chassis#: 2928916
Sold for $242,000
  2019 Worldwide Auctioneers : Scottsdale, Arizona
 
1931 Cord L-29 Brougham
Chassis#: 29929177
Sold for $44,000
  2018 RM Auctions : Auburn Fall
 
1931 Cord L-29 Cabriolet
Chassis#: 2231
Sold for $224,000
  2018 RM Sothebys : Monterey
1931 Cord L-29 image  1931 Cord L-29 image  
1931 Cord L-29 Cabriolet
Chassis#: 2928916
Sold for $210,000
  2018 RM Sothebys : Auburn Spring
 
1931 Cord L-29 Cabriolet
Chassis#: 3916
Sold for $187,000
  2017 RM Auctions : Amelia Island
1931 Cord L-29 image  
1932 Cord L-29 Cabriolet
Chassis#: 4987
Sold for $236,500
  2017 RM Sotheby's : Arizona Auction
 
1931 Cord L-29 Cabriolet
Chassis#: 2929506
Sold for $180,000
  2015 WorldWide Auctions - Houston Classic Auction
 
1931 Cord L-29 Convertible Phaeton Sedan
Chassis#: 2930071
Sold for $156,750
  2015 RM Sotheby's : Amelia Island
1931 Cord L-29 image  1931 Cord L-29 image  
1931 Cord L-29 Convertible Sedan
Sold for $258,500
  2014 Worldwide Auctions - Auburn
 
1931 Cord L-29 Convertible Sedan
Chassis#: 2928812
Sold for $258,500
  2014 The 7th Annual Auburn Auction
 
1931 Cord L-29 Cabriolet
Chassis#: 2929244
Sold for $246,488
  2013 RM Auction - London
 
1931 Cord L-29 Cabriolet
Chassis#: 2929040
Sold for $231,000
  2013 RM Auctions - St John's
1931 Cord L-29 image  1931 Cord L-29 image  
1931 Cord L-29 Cabriolet
Chassis#: 2929758
Sold for $407,000
  2013 RM Auctions - Amelia Island
 
1931 Cord L-29
Chassis#: 2929245
Sold for $280,000
  2013 Bonhams - The Scottsdale Auction
1931 Cord L-29 image  
1931 Cord L-29 La Grande Boattail Speedster Recreation
Chassis#: 2927156
Sold for $368,500
  2012 RM Auctions - St. Johns, Michigan
1931 Cord L-29 image  1931 Cord L-29 image  
1931 Cord L29 Cabriolet
Sold for $220,000
  2012 Worldwide Auctions - The Houston Classic Auction
 
1931 Cord L-29 Cabriolet
Chassis#: 2930061
Sold for $341,000
  2012 RM Auctions at Amelia Island, Fla
1931 Cord L-29 image  1931 Cord L-29 image  
1931 Cord L-29 LaGrande Speedster
Chassis#: 2927156
Sold for $290,800
  2012 Bonhams - The Scottsdale Sale, Az
1931 Cord L-29 image  1931 Cord L-29 image  
1931 Cord L-29 Brougham
Chassis#: 2929340
Sold for $63,180
  2011 Bonhams - Greenwich Concours d'Elegance: Collectors' Motorcars and Automobilia
 
1931 Cord L-29 Cabriolet
Chassis#: 2929157
Sold for $203,500
  2010 RM Auctions - Vintage Motor Cars of Meadow Brook
1931 Cord L-29 image  1931 Cord L-29 image  

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1931 Cord L-29's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1931 Cord L-29 CabrioletFDA42012018 Worldwide Auctioneers : Scottsdale $325,000$375,000

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Cord L-291929 Town Car
Coachbuilder: d'Leteren Freres
Chassis Num: 2926758
Engine Num: FD1395
Chassis information for the Cord L-291930 Dual Cowl Phaeton
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis information for the Cord L-291930 Town Car
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis information for the Cord L-291930 Sport Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Voll & Ruhrbeck
Chassis information for the Cord L-291930 Town Car
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis Num: 2926823
Engine Num: FD 2410
Chassis information for the Cord L-291930 Hayes Coupe
Coachbuilder: Hayes Body Company
Chassis Num: 2927005
Engine Num: FD2638A
Chassis information for the Cord L-291930 Sport Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Voll & Ruhrbeck
Chassis Num: 2927648
Engine Num: FD 2709
Chassis information for the Cord L-291930 Sport Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Voll & Ruhrbeck
Chassis Num: 2927898
Engine Num: FD 3029
Chassis information for the Cord L-291930 Convertible Sedan
Chassis Num: 2928013
Engine Num: FDA3160
Chassis information for the Cord L-291931 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Limousine Body Mfg. Co.
Chassis information for the Cord L-291931 Rumble Seat Cabriolet
Chassis Num: 2231
Engine Num: FD 3638
Chassis information for the Cord L-291931 Prototype Speedster
Coachbuilder: LaGrande
Chassis Num: 2927156
Engine Num: FD2687
Chassis information for the Cord L-291931 Rumble Seat Cabriolet
Chassis Num: 2929040
Engine Num: FD3696A
Chassis information for the Cord L-291931 Rumble Seat Cabriolet
Chassis Num: 2929245
Engine Num: FD 4046
Chassis information for the Cord L-291931 Phaeton Sedan
Chassis Num: 2930071
Engine Num: FF 4998
Chassis information for the Cord L-291931 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Limousine Body Mfg. Co.
Chassis Num: 3916
Engine Num: FD 4023


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