1930 Cord L-29 Town Car / 2926823 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

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

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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Town Car
Coachwork: Murphy
Chassis #: 2926823
Engine # FD 2410
Sold for $1,760,000 at 2015 Bonhams Amelia Island Auction.
The effects of the Great Depression were deepening and a toll was be exacted all around. In order to remain in business, industries had to become creative and maximize every angle possible. For Errett Cord, that opportunity rested with Hollywood and Cord had the perfect car in which to capture the market and propel his image forward.

The chassis would be called the L-29 and it was meant to bridge the gap between the Auburn automobiles and the mighty Duesenbergs. However, the L-29 was no stop-gap measure. The L-29 would end up the foundation for elite Sedans, Broughams, Convertibles, Coupes and Phaetons.

The grandest examples of them all would have to be four Town Cars supplied to custom coachbuilders. And, perhaps, one of the greatest of them all would have to be a Town Car with coachwork from Murphy & Co.

Chassis 2926823 would be among the most exceptional of all automobiles, let alone Cord. A little more than 5,000 examples of the L-29 would be produced over the course of production and only a very few would ever end up in the hands of custom coachbuilders. Among those 5,000, only about 300 examples of the L-29 remain. Thankfully, of the greatest and grandest, the Model L-29 Murphy Town Car, there are apparently still four in existence. One of them is 2926823.

Cord played to the Hollywood elite and the Town Car would be considered the ultimate in luxurious pleasure. Jay Hyde would recognize the status derived from the imposing Town Car and would have one commissioned to be built by Murphy & Co.

Considered the coachbuilder of choice for Duesenberg, Murphy & Co. was certainly recognized for producing some of the most opulent and luxurious coaches in the United States. The Town Car would be an interesting mixture. Sitting behind the long, narrow nose, the driver sat exposed just ahead of a comfortable enclosed interior. It was, from many angles, a sporty and aggressive looking machine. But then, from other angles, it appeared, and was, one of the most impressive estate cars around. It is considered one of the most beautiful and elegant American cars ever built.

Of the four Town Cars that are known to exist, two were apparently owned by actors John Barrymore and Dolores Del Rio. It is widely accepted that this particular chassis belonged to Dolores Del Rio sporting a shorter wheelbase and rear-mounted spare tires, unlike Barrymore's examples which was longer in wheelbase and had rear-mounted spare tires.

During the glitzy pre-war days of Hollywood, the Town Car would have been a sight in and of itself. By the end of the Second World War the car would be found all the way up in the northwest of the country and the property of Fred Thorsen.

In 1959, Jay Hyde would purchase the Town Car and the Cord would remain in the family for more than five decades. For the most part the car remained hidden away in seclusion. It wasn't lost or forgotten about; it just wasn't seen. Then, in 1987, a glorious day would dawn when the car emerged alongside other Cords at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.

Last seen publicly in 2000, the 1930 Cord still remained highly original. And, while there would be clear evidence of the originality of the car with some deteriorating features, the car was as grand as ever.

Sympathetically cleaned and maintained throughout the years, 2926823 retains its original look and feel and instantly transports gawkers back to another period. Cord would eventually dissolve into memory. However, Cord's marketing strategy was right. There is no way of looking at the Town Car and not remembering the days of Hollywood's golden age.

Offered via Bonhams' 2015 Amelia Island auction, the 1930 Cord Model L-29 Town Car would be a unique opportunity to own a stately, highly-original, Cord. When the bidding came to an end, the final sale price would be $1,760,000, inclusive of the buyer's premium.

By Jeremy McMullen

2015 Bonhams Amelia Island Auction

Sale Price :
$1,760,000

2018 4
2017 2
2016 3
2015 2
2014 2
2013 2
2012 2
2011 2
2010 1
2009 2

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2018$198,688$253,0004
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
Sold for $203,500
  2018 Mecum : Las Vegas
 
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
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

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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1930 Cord L-29 vehicle thumbnail image  1930 Cord L-29 vehicle thumbnail image  
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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 Rumble Seat Cabriolet
Chassis Num: 2231
Engine Num: FD 3638
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 Rumble Seat Cabriolet
Chassis Num: 2929245
Engine Num: FD 4046
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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