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1931 Cord L-29 Prototype Speedster / 2927156 Vehicle Information

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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 :
USD $400,000-USD $500,000 
Sale Price :
USD $368,500

2012 Bonhams - The Scottsdale Sale, Az

Sale Price :
USD $290,800

2007 Vintage Motor Cars in Arizona

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

1931 Cord L-29 Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1931 sales)
1931 Cord L-29 Brougham
Chassis#: 2928803
Sold for USD$89,100
  2020 RM Sothebys : The Mitosinka Collection
 
1931 Cord L-29 Cabriolet
Chassis#: 2928916
Sold for USD$242,000
  2019 Worldwide Auctioneers : Scottsdale, Arizona
 
1931 Cord L-29 Brougham
Chassis#: 29929177
Sold for USD$44,000
  2018 RM Auctions : Auburn Fall
 
1931 Cord L-29 Cabriolet
Chassis#: 2231
Sold for USD$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 USD$210,000
  2018 RM Sothebys : Auburn Spring
 
1931 Cord L-29 Cabriolet
Chassis#: 3916
Sold for USD$187,000
  2017 RM Auctions : Amelia Island
1931 Cord L-29 image  
1932 Cord L-29 Cabriolet
Chassis#: 4987
Sold for USD$236,500
  2017 RM Sotheby's : Arizona Auction
 
1931 Cord L-29 Cabriolet
Chassis#: 2929506
Sold for USD$180,000
  2015 WorldWide Auctions - Houston Classic Auction
 
1931 Cord L-29 Convertible Phaeton Sedan
Chassis#: 2930071
Sold for USD$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 USD$258,500
  2014 Worldwide Auctions - Auburn
 
1931 Cord L-29 Convertible Sedan
Chassis#: 2928812
Sold for USD$258,500
  2014 The 7th Annual Auburn Auction
 
1931 Cord L-29 Cabriolet
Chassis#: 2929244
Sold for USD$246,488
  2013 RM Auction - London
 
1931 Cord L-29 Cabriolet
Chassis#: 2929040
Sold for USD$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 USD$407,000
  2013 RM Auctions - Amelia Island
 
1931 Cord L-29
Chassis#: 2929245
Sold for USD$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 USD$368,500
  2012 RM Auctions - St. Johns, Michigan
1931 Cord L-29 image  1931 Cord L-29 image  
1931 Cord L29 Cabriolet
Sold for USD$220,000
  2012 Worldwide Auctions - The Houston Classic Auction
 
1931 Cord L-29 Cabriolet
Chassis#: 2930061
Sold for USD$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 USD$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 USD$63,180
  2011 Bonhams - Greenwich Concours d'Elegance: Collectors' Motorcars and Automobilia
 

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 Cabriolet41172019 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island $300,000$350,000
1931 Cord L-29 CabrioletFDA42012018 Worldwide Auctioneers : Scottsdale $325,000$375,000

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Cord L-29
1929 Cabriolet
Engine Num: FDA 1282

Chassis information for the Cord L-29
1929 Town Car
Coachbuilder: d'Leteren Freres
Chassis Num: 2926758
Engine Num: FD1395

Chassis information for the Cord L-29
1930 Dual Cowl Phaeton
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis information for the Cord L-29
1930 Town Car
Coachbuilder: Murphy

Chassis information for the Cord L-29
1930 Sport Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Voll & Ruhrbeck
Chassis information for the Cord L-29
1930 Town Car
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis Num: 2926823
Engine Num: FD 2410

Chassis information for the Cord L-29
1930 Hayes Coupe
Coachbuilder: Hayes Body Company
Chassis Num: 2927005
Engine Num: FD2638A
Chassis information for the Cord L-29
1930 Convertible Sedan
Chassis Num: 2927299
Engine Num: FDA 2221

Chassis information for the Cord L-29
1930 Sport Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Voll & Ruhrbeck
Chassis Num: 2927648
Engine Num: FD 2709
Chassis information for the Cord L-29
1930 Sport Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Voll & Ruhrbeck
Chassis Num: 2927898
Engine Num: FD 3029

Chassis information for the Cord L-29
1930 Convertible Sedan
Chassis Num: 2928013
Engine Num: FDA3160

Chassis information for the Cord L-29
1930 Cabriolet
Chassis Num: 2928415
Engine Num: FD 3566

Chassis information for the Cord L-29
1931 Rumble Seat Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Limousine Body Mfg. Co.
Chassis information for the Cord L-29
1931 Rumble Seat Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Limousine Body Mfg. Co.

Chassis information for the Cord L-29
1931 Rumble Seat Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Limousine Body Mfg. Co.
Chassis information for the Cord L-29
1931 Rumble Seat Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Limousine Body Mfg. Co.

Chassis information for the Cord L-29
1931 Rumble Seat Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Limousine Body Mfg. Co.
Chassis information for the Cord L-29
1931 Rumble Seat Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Limousine Body Mfg. Co.

Chassis information for the Cord L-29
1931 Rumble Seat Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Limousine Body Mfg. Co.
Chassis information for the Cord L-29
1931 Rumble Seat Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Limousine Body Mfg. Co.
Chassis Num: 2231
Engine Num: FD 3638

Chassis information for the Cord L-29
1931 Prototype Speedster
Coachbuilder: LaGrande
Chassis Num: 2927156
Engine Num: FD2687
Chassis information for the Cord L-29
1931 Rumble Seat Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Limousine Body Mfg. Co.
Chassis Num: 2929040
Engine Num: FD3696A

Chassis information for the Cord L-29
1931 Rumble Seat Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Limousine Body Mfg. Co.
Chassis Num: 2929245
Engine Num: FD 4046
Chassis information for the Cord L-29
1931 Rumble Seat Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Limousine Body Mfg. Co.
Chassis Num: 2930061

Chassis information for the Cord L-29
1931 Phaeton Sedan
Chassis Num: 2930071
Engine Num: FF 4998
Chassis information for the Cord L-29
1931 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Limousine Body Mfg. Co.
Chassis Num: 3916
Engine Num: FD 4023

Chassis information for the Cord L-29
1931 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Limousine Body Mfg. Co.
Chassis Num: 4117
Engine Num: FDA 4201

1931 Cord L-29

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