1937 Cord 812 Cabriolet / 38010A Chassis Information

1937 Cord 812 photograph

1937 Cord 812 photograph

1937 Cord 8121937 Cord 812
Cabriolet
Chassis #: 38010A
Engine # FB2003

Cord: A Brief History

Cord 812
Super-salesman Erret Lobban 'E.L.' Cord saved the Auburn Automobile Company in the mid-1920s by taking their drab sedans, repainting them in spiffy colors and aggressively promoting them throughout the country. Having saved Auburn, he then bought the company in 1928 and proceeded to build a steady flow of very good-looking Auburns, including the stunning boattail speedster. In 1929, Cord announced a car carrying his own name: a front-wheel-drive luxury automobile with extremely low lines and ravishing good looks. To complete his whirlwind year of automotive activity, he also produced the mighty Model J Duesenberg, completing plans for his very own automotive empire.Cord 812
L-29 Cord production ceased after two years, but E.L. had another car in the works - a 'Baby Duesenberg,' also a front-driver, but with V-8 power from his Lycoming Engine Company and priced in the upper-medium band. Called the Cord 810, this car was created to help Auburn Automobile out of the deep financial hole that dismal sales during the worst years of the Depression had caused. A totally clean-sheet design by the hugely talented Gordon Buchrig, it debuted at the 1935 New York Auto Show and was the hands-down hit of that event with its 'coffin nose' front styling, retractable headlamps, lack of running boards, and sleek, integrated shape. Cord salesman couldn't write orders fast enough.

Cord 812
However, teething troubles with the cars themselves, along with assembly line glitches plus a financial pinch, made for a slow delivery of Cords, and the first cars didn't get into owners' garages until mid-1936. With Auburns and Duesenbergs halted after 1936, the Cord was continued into 1937. But on August 7, 1937, the last Cord rolled off the assembly line and the glory days of Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg came to an abrupt end. In its two years of existence less than 3,000 Cord 810s and 812s had been built.


Cord 812
The Cord 812
There's a popular misconception among collectors that all Cords with an 812 designation indicate supercharged cars, but the 812 merely distinguishes the 1937 model-year cars from the 1936 run.

Cord 812
The 810 and 812 Cords are identical to each other in all specifications and other respects. Even if Cord had wanted to fiddle with Buehrig's superb design, the money wasn't in the till to mess it up with face-lifts or big mechanical changes. In both years, only four body styles were offered: the Phaeton, Beverly and Westchester sedans and the Sportsman convertible.


This Car
Finished in the popular Cord shade called 'Cigarette Cream,' the interior has been authentically reupholstered in dark burgundy leather. A beige canvas top complements the exterior and interior colors.

The timeless design of the Cord 810/812 continues to fascinate even 70 years after its public introduction. All Cords are Full Classics as recognized by the Classic Car Club of America and are eligible for all of the activities that the club offers for its members and their cars.

Source - Gooding & Company


No auction information available for this vehicle at this time.

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

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2019$184,623$258,5006
2018$135,911$539,00017
2017$161,968$412,50011
2016$136,443$269,50011
2015$93,135$220,00013
2014$133,220$220,00010
2013$189,998$341,00010
2012$144,711$385,00011
2011$117,150$198,0009
2010$182,615$286,00010

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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