1930 Cord L-29 Sport Cabriolet / 2927898 Chassis Information

1930 Cord L-29 photograph

1930 Cord L-29 photograph

1930 Cord L-29 photograph

1930 Cord L-29 photograph

1930 Cord L-29 photograph

1930 Cord L-29 photograph

1930 Cord L-29 photograph

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Sport Cabriolet
Coachwork: Voll & Ruhrbeck
Chassis #: 2927898
Engine # FD 3029
Sold for $990,000 at 2013 RM Auctions - Amelia Island.
Voll and Ruhrbeck of Berline was a world-class builder of fine custom coachwork. Their work graced the finest of chassis, including Horch, Mercedes, Daimler, Bugatti, Maybach, and Rolls-Royce. Their work would also adorn the Cord automobile.

This example wears Sport Cabriolet coachwork by Voll and Ruhrbeck. It is believed that, in order to expedite the process, the chassis was absconded from the original show car sedan. Just 10 months after the chassis had departed Indiana, it appeared in its new formal dress, as it wears today. It made its debut at the February 1931 Berlin Motor Show. It was among a selection of Auburn and Cord offerings presented by Fahrkraft G.m.b.H., the Auburn-Cord distributors in Berlin. The March issue of Auburn's dealer newsletter, The Accelerator, displayed the sport cabriolet, picturing it with Mr. Schmidt, of Hamburg distributor Franck & Schmidt, and Ruth Ingrid Richard, Miss Germany.

The car has very large doors that open to reveal a five-passenger interior clothed in thick leather and capped with polished mahogany. In the front are bucket seats and a assist handles crafted of woven leather to help in closing the massive doors. There is beltline molding that flows through the doors and then sinks under the edges of the convertible top and flows down around the rear fenders. There is a low, raked windshield with a subtle visor. The top bears landau irons and wraps around an unusual spring-loading mechanism, which assists in raising and lowering the bows and fabric. The windows roll down through custom tracks, which then fold away to disappear when the windows and top are lowered.

Inside is a complete interior headliner, giving it the fell of being an enclosed car. In the back is a leather-covered trunk.

It is believed the car remained in Germany until around 1940, when it departed the country for reasons unknown. The final destination was Argentina. The story resumes in the early-1970s, when it came into the care of Ken O'Connor, of California. Selling the automobile was Argentinean broker Hector Mendizabal. Mendizabal had described the car as a German bodied Cord bearing the coach number 1686. Upon arrival to the pier in San Francisco, CA, the car was not in pristine condition, but it was complete and retained its original serial number plate and numerous custom trim pieces. At the time, it was the only known extant European-bodied L-29, and it was an ideal basis to begin a restoration.

O'Connor planned to complete the restoration work himself, but as years passed, the car was never completed. In 2002, he sold the project to Jim Fasnacht who had the work completed. The restoration was handled by the specialists of LaVine Restorations in Nappanee, Indiana. Numerous L-29 experts were contacted and interviewed, ensuring the work was done correctly. The goal was 'cost-no-object' perfection in every nut and bolt. The work was completed in March 2004 and then shown at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in August 2005, marking the first time that the Voll & Ruhrbeck Sport Cabriolet had been displayed to the world since 1931. The car scored Second in Class, behind the 1931 DuPont Model H Sport Phaeton by Merrimac.

A month later, the car returned to Auburn, Indian, for the first time since its chassis departed for Europe seven decades prior, to be shown at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Club's National Reunion. The car was awarded the E.L. Cord Award, marking it as the Best L-29 of the show. It also won the Harold Ames Trophy for Best of Show from over 300 judged ACD cars. Its next show appearance was at the 2013 Concours d'Elegance of America at St. John's.


By Daniel Vaughan | May 2013

Chassis# 2927898

2013 RM Auctions - Amelia Island
Sale Price : $990,000

Analysis

Chassis number 2927898 Auction Sales History
2013$990,000

2018 3
2017 2
2016 3
2015 2
2014 2
2013 2
2012 2
2011 2
2010 1
2009 2

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2018$197,083$253,0003
2017$218,750$300,0002
2016$176,000$203,5003
2015$948,750$1,760,0002
2014$158,439$176,0002
2013$528,550$990,0002
2012$254,375$324,5002
2011$187,000$209,0002
2010$286,000$286,0001
2009$184,250$187,0002

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1930 sales)
1930 Cord L-29 Cabriolet
Chassis#: FD3161BA
Sold for $165,000
  2018 RM Auctions : Auburn Fall
 
1930 Cord L-29 Convertible Phaeton Sedan
Chassis#: FDA3007
Sold for $173,250
  2018 RM Auctions : Auburn Fall
 
1930 CORD L29 SPORT PHAETON
Chassis#: 2925858
Sold for $253,000
  2018 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale
 
1930 CORD L29 4-DOOR BROUGHAM
Chassis#: FDA1785
Sold for $300,000
  2017 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale
 
1930 CORD L29 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN
Chassis#: FD3007A
Sold for $137,500
  2017 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale
 
1930 Cord L-29 Cabriolet
Chassis#: 2927648
Sold for $187,000
  2016 RM Sotheby's : Motor City
1930 Cord L-29 image  1930 Cord L-29 image  
1930 Cord L-29 Cabriolet
Chassis#: 2928140
Sold for $203,500
  2016 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island
1930 Cord L-29 image  1930 Cord L-29 image  
1930 Cord L-29 Cabriolet
Chassis#: 2928423
Sold for $137,500
  2016 RM Sothebys : Arizona
 
1930 Cord L-29 Convertible Phaeton Sedan
Sold for $137,500
  2015 Auctions America - Auburn Fall
 
1930 CORD MODEL L-29 TOWN CAR
Chassis#: 2926823
Sold for $1,760,000
  2015 Bonhams Amelia Island Auction
1930 Cord L-29 image  1930 Cord L-29 image  
1930 CORD L-29 SEDAN PHAËTON
Chassis#: L29 00185
Sold for $140,878
  2014 LES GRANDES MARQUES DU MONDE AU GRAND PALAIS
 
1930 CORD L29 PHAETON
Chassis#: FD2936A
Sold for $176,000
  2014 Barrett-Jackson's 43RD Annual Scottsdale Auction
1930 Cord L-29 image  1930 Cord L-29 image  
1930 Cord L-29 'Roadster'
Sold for $67,100
  2013 Worldwide Auctions - Auburn
 
1930 Cord L-29 Sport Cabriolet by Voll & Ruhrbeck
Chassis#: 2927898
Sold for $990,000
  2013 RM Auctions - Amelia Island
1930 Cord L-29 image  1930 Cord L-29 image  
1930 Cord L-29 Convertible Sedan
Chassis#: 2928013
Sold for $324,500
  2012 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auction
1930 Cord L-29 image  
1930 Cord L-29 Convertible Sedan
Chassis#: FDA 3837
Sold for $184,250
  2012 RM-Automobiles of Arizona
1930 Cord L-29 image  1930 Cord L-29 image  
1930 Cord L-29 Boattail Speedster
Chassis#: FDA1423
Sold for $165,000
  2011 RM Auctions - Hershey
1930 Cord L-29 image  1930 Cord L-29 image  
1930 Cord L-29 Sedan Phaeton
Chassis#: 2927039
Sold for $209,000
  2011 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Amelia Island
 
1930 Cord L-29 Boattail Speedster
Sold for $286,000
  2010 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auctions
 
1930 Cord L-29
Chassis#: 2928140
Sold for $187,000
  2009 Sports & Classics of Monterey
1930 Cord L-29 image  1930 Cord L-29 image  

No Sale

1930 Cord L-29's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1930 Cord L-29 Convertible SedanFDA30072018 Bonhams : Greenwich Concours $160,000$200,000
1930 Cord L-2929268532016 Motostalgia : Amelia Island Auction $425,000$550,000
1930 Cord L-29 Roadster 2013 Auctions America Fall Carlisle$60,000  
1930 Cord L29 Cabriolet 2012 Leake Auctions Tulsa$140,000  
1930 CORD L29 CABRIOLET29270332011 Worldwide Auctions The Auburn Auction $175,000$200,000
1930 CORD L29 CABRIOLET29270332011 Worldwide Auctions The Auburn Auction $175,000$200,000
1930 Cord L-29 Phaeton Convertible 2009 Carlisle Auction 09 Fall Carlisle Collector Car Auction   
1930 CORD SEDAN FOUR DOOR 2001 Kruse Auction Auburn, IN$74,000  

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