1931 Cord L-29 Prototype Speedster / 2927156 Chassis Information

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1931 Cord L-29 photograph

1931 Cord L-29 photograph

1931 Cord L-29 photograph

1931 Cord L-29 photograph

1931 Cord L-29 photograph

1931 Cord L-29 photograph

1931 Cord L-29 photograph

1931 Cord L-29 photograph

1931 Cord L-29 photograph

1931 Cord L-29 photograph

1931 Cord L-29 photograph

1931 Cord L-29 photograph

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1931 Cord L-291931 Cord L-291931 Cord L-291931 Cord L-291931 Cord L-291931 Cord L-291931 Cord L-291931 Cord L-291931 Cord L-291931 Cord L-291931 Cord L-291931 Cord L-291931 Cord L-291931 Cord L-291931 Cord L-291931 Cord L-291931 Cord L-291931 Cord L-291931 Cord L-291931 Cord L-291931 Cord L-291931 Cord L-291931 Cord L-291931 Cord L-29
Prototype Speedster
Coachwork: LaGrande
Chassis #: 2927156
Engine # FD2687
Sold for $418,000 at 2007 Vintage Motor Cars in Arizona.
Sold for $290,800 at 2012 Bonhams - The Scottsdale Sale, Az.
Sold for $368,500 at 2012 RM Auctions - St. Johns, Michigan.
In 1930, Auburn Automobile Company president Roy Faulkner ordered Cord's in-house LaGrande coachbuilders to create an L-29 Speedster show car based on concept sketches provided by stylist Phillip O. Wright. The boat-tail speedster was sleek and modern, with aircraft inspired 'pontoon' fenders and a steeply raked Vee windshield. The LaGrande Speedster made its show debut at the 1931 New York Salon, followed by an appearance at the Paris Auto Show and then a French Concours d'Elegance. Near the close of 1931, it was sent to Toronto for a photo-shoot. It is believed to have returned to Europe a short time later. Unfortunately, that is where the history ends. It is believed to have been scrapped during World War II.

In the mid-1990s, Arnold A. Addison was commissioned to restore a cord L-29 convertible Sedan. The result of the work netted him a spare L-29 frame and other authentic components. A correct 298 cubic-inch Cord L-29 engine and front-drive three-speed transmission was also obtained.

After extensive research, work began on re-creating the legendary 1931 Cord L-29 LaGrande Speedster. The car was finished in Cashmere Cream and Royal Cranberry colors. In 2004, after nine years and 20,000 man-hours of research and labor, the new LaGrande Speedster was completed.

The car features a working convertible top, a cigar rack built into the driver's door, and a bar set including two decanters which fits into the passenger door. As per the original, a (reproduction) Duesenberg-type altimeter supplements the standard L-29 instrumentation.

In 2007, the car was purchased by the late John O'Quinn.

In 2012, the car was offered at The Scottsdale Sale presented by Bonhams. It was estimated to sell for $250,000 - $350,000.


By Daniel Vaughan | Jan 2012

2012 RM Auctions - St. Johns, Michigan

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$400,000-$500,000 
Sale Price :
$368,500

2012 Bonhams - The Scottsdale Sale, Az

Sale Price :
$290,800

2007 Vintage Motor Cars in Arizona

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$400,000-$600,000 
Sale Price :
$418,000

2018 3
2017 2
2015 2
2014 2
2013 4
2012 4
2011 1
2010 1
2008 1
2007 2

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
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
2007$324,500$418,0002

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1931 sales)
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 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  
1931 Cord L-29 Cabriolet
Chassis#: 2927940
Sold for $154,000
  2008 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona
 

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 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 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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