1937 Cord 812 Supercharged Convertible Phaeton Sedan / 17834 Chassis Information

Supercharged Convertible Phaeton Sedan
Chassis #: 17834
Sold for $192,500 at 2011 Automobiles of Arizona by RM Auctions.
E.L. Cord's, Cord Corporation, was noted for innovative, sometimes extreme, designs incorporating the newest ideas and technologies. In almost every way, each of Cord's automobiles were more like concept cars than what would be considered regular production cars. Perhaps no single Cord design reflects the company's and Cord's own approach to car making than the Cord Model 812.

The designers at Cord managed to take shapes like arcs and rectangles and create something radical, and yet, that looked so good. And the 812 is perhaps the most extreme adaptation. Minimal was not in the company's vocabulary.

E.L. Cord had been able to rescue Auburn Automobile Company, and then, negotiated the purchase of Duesenberg in 1926. That wasn't enough for Cord. He wanted to have his own car manufacturer that would produce his kind of automobiles. Therefore, later on in 1926, Cord launched the car company bearing his own name.

Using Lycoming engines (another company Cord had purchased), in only three years after coming into existence, Cord produced its L-29. The car was designed to ride low to the ground and was a beautifully designed coupe. It ended up winning the Monaco Concours d'Elegance in 1930. Besides offering custom coachwork, the L-29 introduced the automotive world to an important feature that would be all but standard by the late 1980s. Cord's L-29 was the first American automobile to offer front-wheel drive. After over 5,000 L-29s were built, production ceased at the end of 1931.

Cord decided not to merely re-fashion the L-29, but instead, decided to start over. Debuted at the New York Auto Show in 1935, Cord's new 810, with its expressive shapely lines, belonged more in the world of concept car than regular production model. In and of itself, the car was truly ahead of its time. It incorporated many features that wouldn't be all available in one car for nearly another thirty years.

The brain-child of Gordon Buehrig, the 810 and 812 were part science-fiction and a designer's unlimited imagination. The Cord 810 and 812 were real over-the-top works of art. While the L-29 shared a refined look similar to Cord's other company, Duesenberg, the 810 was a radical departure, more-akin to what a teenager of the time would design.

The 810 introduced more innovations that were ahead of its day. Hidden on the front side of the voluptuous front wheel Pontoon fenders were the car's pop-up headlights. Though offered on a DeSoto during the 1940s, the pop-up headlight wouldn't really become available until the 1960s.

Another of the aerodynamics features that made the 810 out-of-this-world and ahead of its time, was the position of the door hinges on the inside of the car so they did not protrude on the outside. The hood, too, was changed. Most designs of the day had hinged panels that opened from either side of the engine bay. The 810 incorporated a hinge located at the back of the bay near the passenger compartment. This meant the entire hood lifted up. In addition to these innovation design features, the 810 also had variable-speed windshield wipers and a standard radio. A car in those days even having a windshield wiper was a big deal, let alone one that was variable speed. And a standard radio wouldn't even be offered in cars until the 1950s.

Besides the large Pontoon fenders, equally attracting one's attention was what became known as the 'coffin nose'. What essentially is one heavily rounded rectangle based shape, the nose/engine bay sports a wrap-around grille and highly-polished exhausts pouring out of the side of the engine cowling. Inside the passenger compartment, the Phaeton model housed a three-person back seat, whereas, the convertible version used this space for storage of the top.

The only major difference between the 810 and 812 was the inclusion of supercharging. On the 812 a supercharger was included that boosted horsepower to 170 bhp, although it was known to actually produced between 185 and 195 bhp.

The car offered for auction this year was a 1937 model 812, and therefore, one of only about 700. Being a supercharged Phaeton, it is believed this car is one of just 134 produced by Cord. The car has been part of a private collection for many years and just recently went through restoration. Finished in black and accented by highly polished chrome and white-walled tires, this impressive 812 was expected to fetch between $150,000 and $200,000.

Its interior is finished in red leather and is accented in black trim and an etched metal dash. It sports the 812's four-speed pre-selector transmission. It has a transverse leaf spring front suspension via trailing link. This 812 has a trailing arm front axle and a live rear axle. It makes use of four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes for its stopping power.

The supercharged 812s boasted superlative performance. When combined with the magnificent design and innovative features, the 812 provides an experience way beyond its years. Though Cord's car company went out of business, it paved the way for the future. And the 812 truly stretched the limits of automotive design and innovation.

Sources:
'Buy: View Lots (Lot 245: 1937 Cord 812 SC Phaeton)', (http://www.rmauctions.com/FeatureCars.cfm?SaleCode=AZ11&CarID=r207&fc=0). RM Auction Arizona. http://www.rmauctions.com/FeatureCars.cfm?SaleCode=AZ11&CarID=r207&fc=0. Retrieved 11 January 2011.

Wikipedia contributors, 'Cord Automobile', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 20 December 2010, 12:57 UTC, http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Cord_Automobile&oldid=403343000 accessed 11 January 2011

By Jeremy McMullen


2011 Automobiles of Arizona by RM Auctions

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$150,000-$200,000 
Sale Price :
$192,500

2019 6
2018 17
2017 11
2016 11
2015 13
2014 10
2013 10
2012 11
2011 9
2010 10

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1937 sales)
1937 Cord 812 Supercharged Sportsman Convertible Coupe
Chassis#: 32226F
Sold for $258,500
  2019 Mecum : Monterey
 
1937 Cord 812 Phaeton
Chassis#: 633
Sold for $134,400
  2019 RM Sothebys : The Guyton Collection
1937 Cord 812 image  1937 Cord 812 image  
1937 Cord 812SC Phaeton
Chassis#: 32358H
Sold for $75,040
  2019 Bonhams : Tupelo Auction
 
1937 Cord 812 Supercharged Phaeton
Sold for $196,000
  2019 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island
1937 Cord 812 image  1937 Cord 812 image  
1937 Cord 812 Supercharged Cabriolet
Chassis#: 901
Sold for $212,800
  2019 RM Sothebys : Scottsdale Arizona
 
1937 CORD 812 SPORTSMAN S/C CABRIOLET
Chassis#: *31631F
Sold for $231,000
  2019 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale, Az.
 
1937 Cord 812 Phaeton
Sold for $77,000
  2018 Mecum : Las Vegas
 
1937 Cord 812 Cabriolet
Chassis#: 113
Sold for $137,500
  2018 RM Sothebys : Hershey
 
1937 Cord 812 Cabriolet
Chassis#: 1214
Sold for $100,000
  2018 RM Sothebys : Hershey
 
1937 Cord 812 Beverly
Chassis#: 2075S
Sold for $50,600
  2018 RM Auctions : Auburn Fall
 
1937 Cord 812 Beverly
Chassis#: 1006
Sold for $44,000
  2018 RM Auctions : Auburn Fall
 
1937 Cord 812 Supercharged Custom Beverly
Chassis#: 812 310225 S
Sold for $42,900
  2018 RM Auctions : Auburn Fall
 
1937 Cord 812 S/C Cabriolet Sportsman
Chassis#: 81232309F
Sold for $539,000
  2018 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
1937 Cord 812 image  
1937 Cord 812 S/C Custom Berline
Chassis#: 10008B
Sold for $170,500
  2018 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
 
1937 Cord 812 Supercharged Phaeton
Chassis#: 812 32418 H
Sold for $357,000
  2018 RM Sothebys : Monterey
1937 Cord 812 image  1937 Cord 812 image  
1937 Cord 812 'Armchair' Beverly
Chassis#: 1518
Sold for $48,400
  2018 RM Sothebys : Auburn Spring
 
1937 Cord 812 Phaeton
Chassis#: 9071
Sold for $126,500
  2018 RM Sothebys : Fort Lauderdale
 
1937 CORD 812 PHAETON
Chassis#: 1827H
Sold for $95,500
  2018 Premier Auction Group
 
1936 Cord 812 Westchester Fastback Sedan
Chassis#: 812 31874 A
Sold for $49,280
  2018 Bonhams : Amelia Island Auction
 
1937 Cord 812 Supercharged 'Sportsman'
Chassis#: 31631F
Sold for $112,000
  2018 Bonhams : Amelia Island Auction
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1937 Cord 812's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1937 CORD 812 SPORTSMAN CONVERTIBLE COUPE812 1256 F2019 Worldwide Auctioneers : The Auburn Auction   
1937 Cord 812 Phaeton 2019 RM Auctions : Auburn Fall   
1937 Cord 812 Supercharged Phaeton812 31415 H2019 Bonhams : Quail Lodge Auction $125,000$150,000
1937 Cord 812 Supercharged Phaeton812 32269 H2018 RM Sothebys : The Petersen Automotive Museum $220,000$260,000
1937 Cord 812 Supercharged Phaeton11942018 RM Auctions : Auburn Fall   
1937 Cord 812 Supercharged Sportsman31631F2018 Bonhams : Scottsdale $175,000$250,000
1937 Cord 812 Phaeton 2017 GAA : November$110,000  
1937 Cord 812 Beverly Sedan 2017 Collector Car Toronto Fall Classic$65,000  
1937 Cord 812 Phaeton812 1155 H2017 Auctions America : Auburn Fall $165,000$185,000
1937 Cord 812 Westchester Sedan1471A2017 Mecum : Monterey$55,000  
1937 Cord 812 Convertible PhaetonFB19972017 Motostalgia : Amelia Island $165,000$200,000
1937 Cord 812 Beverly 4dr Sedan1704A2017 Motostalgia : Amelia Island $65,000$90,000
1937 Cord 812 SC Sportsman Convertible Coupe8121163F2017 Worldwide Auctioneers : Scottsdale, AZ $175,000$225,000
1937 Cord 812 Sportsman8121163F2016 Mecum : Monterey$120,000  
1937 Cord 812 Phaeton1339H2016 The Finest : Aspen $120,000$140,000
1937 CORD 812 SUPERCHARGED SPORTSMAN31631F2015 Bonhams : The Frederiksen Auction $1,000,000$2,000,000
1937 Cord 812 Sportsman Convertible Coupe 2015 Auctions America Auburn Fall$140,000  
1937 Cord 812 Custom Roadster 2015 Auctions America Auburn Fall$62,500  
1937 Cord 812 Custom Beverly Sedan 2015 Auctions America Auburn Fall$75,000  
1937 Cord Beverly Supercharged Sedan 2015 Auctions America Auburn Fall$40,000  
1937 Cord Beverly Sedan SC Compresseur31959 S2015 Rétromobile by Artcurial Motorcars $75,000$85,000
1937 CORD 812 PHAETON31735F2014 BarrettJackson, Las Vegas   
1937 Cord 812 Supercharged Phaeton32419H2014 Bonhams : Goodwood Revival $120,000$150,000
1937 Cord 812 Phaeton 2014 Mecum : Indianapolis$132,500  
1937 CORD 812 PHAETON31735F2014 BarrettJackson : Palm Beach   
1937 Cord 812 Cabriolet812 2214 F2014 RM Auctions Amelia Island $90,000$120,000
1937 Cord 812 S/C Sportsman32420F2014 Gooding & Company Amelia Island Sale $250,000$350,000
1937 Cord 812 Phaeton812 1339 H2014 RM Auctions Automobiles of Arizona$150,000  
1937 Cord 812 Beverly1677 S2014 Gooding & Company The Scottsdale Auction $60,000$80,000
1937 Cord 812 Westchester Sedan 2013 Auctions America Auburn Fall$36,500  

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Cord 8121937 Convertible Coupe
Chassis Num: 310164 S
Engine Num: FC2779
Chassis information for the Cord 8121937 SC Phaeton
Chassis Num: 31690H
Engine Num: FC2265
Chassis information for the Cord 8121937 SC Phaeton
Chassis Num: 32339H
Engine Num: FC3079
Chassis information for the Cord 8121937 Supercharged Sportsman
Chassis Num: 32420F
Engine Num: FC 2807
Chassis information for the Cord 8121937 SC Phaeton
Chassis Num: 32462H
Engine Num: FC3249
Chassis information for the Cord 8121937 Cabriolet
Chassis Num: 38010A
Engine Num: FB2003
Chassis information for the Cord 8121937 Beverly Sedan
Chassis Num: 812 10180 S
Engine Num: FB 2003
Chassis information for the Cord 8121937 Sportsman
Chassis Num: 812 1163 F
Engine Num: FC 2133
Chassis information for the Cord 8121937 Convertible Phaeton Sedan
Chassis Num: 812 1339 H
Engine Num: FB 2454
Chassis information for the Cord 8121937 Convertible Phaeton Sedan
Chassis Num: 812 1546 H
Engine Num: FB 3258
Chassis information for the Cord 8121937 Convertible Phaeton Sedan
Chassis Num: 812 1933H
Engine Num: FB 2578
Chassis information for the Cord 8121937 SC Phaeton
Chassis Num: 812 31643 H
Engine Num: FC 2133
Chassis information for the Cord 8121937 Cabriolet
Chassis Num: 812 31762 F
Engine Num: FC 2575
Chassis information for the Cord 8121937 Cabriolet
Chassis Num: 812 32023 F
Engine Num: FC 3232
Chassis information for the Cord 8121937 SC Phaeton
Chassis Num: 812 32269 H
Engine Num: FC 2984
Chassis information for the Cord 8121937 SC Phaeton
Chassis Num: 812 32418 H
Engine Num: FC 2124
Chassis information for the Cord 8121937 Supercharged Sportsman
Chassis Num: 81232309F
Engine Num: FC 3044
Chassis information for the Cord 8121937 SC Phaeton
Chassis Num: FB1997
Engine Num: FB1997


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