1931 Cord L-29 Cabriolet Vehicle Profile

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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Cabriolet
Coachwork: Limousine Body Mfg. Co.
There is no disputing the fact that the Cord front wheel drive automobiles of the 1920's are a true engineering and styling marvel. The powerful straight eight engine provides 125 horsepower, allowing performance that rivals its impressive styling.

The L-29 is credited as being the first American front-wheel drive car to be offered to the public, beating the Ruxton automobile to the market by several months in 1929. The brainchild of former Miller engineer Carl Van Ranst, the design of the drive system was borrowed from Indianapolis 500 dominating racers, using the same de Dion layout and inboard brakes. This allowed it to be considerably lower than other cars. The L-29 features full instrumentation, including a temperature gauge, oil pressure gauge, and speedometer on the left, with a gas gauge, oil level gauge, and Ammeter on the right of the steering wheel. A number of ahead of its time features are also found on this Cord. Among them are the inboard mounted brakes and central internal chassis lubrication, uncommon among luxury automobiles of the era.

This L-29 Cabriolet was found in a garage in Key West, Florida in the mid-1970's. The current owners' brother had started a full restoration, but was unable to complete it. The current owner then took on the task, commissioning the final restoration which was completed in 2010. Finished in Brilliant Blue with gleaming chrome wheels, this is an outstanding example of one of the classic era's sleekest and most desirable Cabriolets.

Chassis#

No auction information available for this vehicle at this time.

Analysis

Chassis number Auction Sales History

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
 

No Sale

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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