1931 Cord L-29 Cabriolet / 4117 Chassis Information

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

1931 Cord L-29 photograph

1931 Cord L-29 photograph

1931 Cord L-29 photograph

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-29
Cabriolet
Coachwork: Limousine Body Mfg. Co.
Chassis #: 4117
Engine #: FDA 4201
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.

Cabriolet
Coachwork: Limousine Body Mfg. Co.
Chassis #: 4117
Engine #: FDA 4201
This front-wheel-drive Cord L-29 was built in February of 1931 and equipped with the more powerful 'FF' engine, a larger 322 cubic-inch unit introduced late in L-29 production. The current caretaker acquired the car from the estate of his brother, who had purchased it in Key West, Florida, in the mid-1980s. The car was a sold and rust-free example in need of a restoration.

The car was soon sold to Ken Clark of Ken's Classics in Pittsfield, Maine. The car was given a restoration and then received its ACD Club Certification as a Category 1 Original Car. It has been shown extensively with the Club, eventually achieving Senior Emeritus honors and the Alan Leamy Award for Best L-29 at the National Reunion in 2014. It's also a Senior car in the AACA and CCCA. The car is a Lion Award winner at the Concours d'Elegance of America at St. John's. Other show appearances include the Pinehurst Concours d'Elegance and the CCCA Museum Experience.


By Daniel Vaughan | Jul 2019


2019 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$300,000-$350,000 
Lot was not sold

2018 Worldwide Auctioneers : Scottsdale

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$325,000-$375,000 
Lot was not sold

2019 1
2018 3
2017 2
2015 2
2014 2
2013 4
2012 4
2011 1
2010 1
2008 1

1931 Cord L-29 Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1931 sales)
1931 Cord L-29 Cabriolet
Chassis#: 2928916
Sold for $242,000
  2019 Worldwide Auctioneers : Scottsdale, Arizona
 
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 image  1931 Cord L-29 image  
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  

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-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 Convertible Sedan
Chassis Num: 2927299
Engine Num: FDA 2221
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-291930 Cabriolet
Chassis Num: 2928415
Engine Num: FD 3566
Chassis information for the Cord L-291931 Prototype Speedster
Coachbuilder: LaGrande
Chassis information for the Cord L-291931 Rumble Seat Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Limousine Body Mfg. Co.
Chassis information for the Cord L-291931 Rumble Seat Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Limousine Body Mfg. Co.
Chassis information for the Cord L-291931 Rumble Seat Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Limousine Body Mfg. Co.
Chassis information for the Cord L-291931 Rumble Seat Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Limousine Body Mfg. Co.
Chassis information for the Cord L-291931 Rumble Seat Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Limousine Body Mfg. Co.
Chassis information for the Cord L-291931 Rumble Seat Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Limousine Body Mfg. Co.
Chassis information for the Cord L-291931 Rumble Seat Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Limousine Body Mfg. Co.
Chassis information for the Cord L-291931 Rumble Seat Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Limousine Body Mfg. Co.
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
Coachbuilder: Limousine Body Mfg. Co.
Chassis Num: 2929040
Engine Num: FD3696A
Chassis information for the Cord L-291931 Rumble Seat Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Limousine Body Mfg. Co.
Chassis Num: 2929245
Engine Num: FD 4046
Chassis information for the Cord L-291931 Rumble Seat Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Limousine Body Mfg. Co.
Chassis Num: 2930061
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
Chassis information for the Cord L-291931 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Limousine Body Mfg. Co.
Chassis Num: 4117
Engine Num: FDA 4201


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