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1930 Cord L-29 Sport Cabriolet Vehicle Profile

1930 Cord L-29 photograph

1930 Cord L-29 photograph

1930 Cord L-291930 Cord L-29
The L-29 Cord was the first front-wheel-drive (fwd) American car to achieve volume production. It was developed under the direction of E.L. Cord, who'd taken control of the Auburn Automobile Company in 1924. In 1927, Cord brought the ultra-luxurious Duesenberg into the Auburn fold. This innovative FWD car bearing his name followed in 1930.

Front-wheel-drive enabled the L-29's low frame height, and also dictated its long hood - which shrouded both the engine and its front-mounted transmission. Auburn designer Al Leamy styled the 137.5-inch wheelbase L-29s. The resulting cars were universally acclaimed for their exceptional proportions and great beauty.

A 125 horsepower straight-8 Lycoming engine of 299 cubic-inch displacement powered all L-29s. The car was produced, with little change, from 1930 to 1932. Total L-29 series production was 5,010.

The Cabriolet, as seen here, was the most popular L-29 body style. Weighing in at 4,300 pounds, it listed for $3,295 new. L-29 Cabriolet bodies were built for Cord by the Limousine Body Co. of Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Auburn, which dated to 1900, initially rebounded under E.L. Cord. The stylish and high-performance cars he backed captivated auto enthusiasts around the globe. But his interest in making automobiles waned when the Great Depression intervened. The last Auburn cars were 1936 models; Cord and Duesenberg shut down for good the following year.



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1930 Cord L-29 Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1930 sales)
1930 CORD L-29 CABRIOLET
Chassis#: 2929384
Sold for USD$173,600
  2021 Bonhams : Amelia Island Auction
1930 Cord L-29 image  1930 Cord L-29 image  
1930 CORD L29 BROUGHAM
Chassis#: FDA1785
Sold for USD$55,000
  2020 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale, AZ
 
1930 Cord L-29 Cabriolet
Chassis#: 2928415
Sold for USD$275,000
  2019 RM Sothebys : Hershey
1930 Cord L-29 image  
1930 Cord L-29 Brougham
Chassis#: 2927601
Sold for USD$103,400
  2019 RM Sothebys : Hershey
 
1930 Cord L29 Cabriolet
Chassis#: FD4121
Sold for USD$75,900
  2019 Mecum : Monterey
 
1930 Cord L-29 Convertible Phaeton Sedan
Chassis#: 2927299
Sold for USD$157,300
  2019 Auburn Spring : RM Auctions
1930 Cord L-29 image  1930 Cord L-29 image  
1930 Cord 1930 Cord L-29 Cabriolet
Chassis#: FD3577A
Sold for USD$95,200
  2019 Bonhams : Tupelo Auction
 
1930 Cord L-29 Convertible Sedan
Chassis#: 2927299
Sold for USD$156,800
  2019 Bonhams : Amelia Island
1930 Cord L-29 image  1930 Cord L-29 image  
1930 Cord L-29 Cabriolet
Sold for USD$203,500
  2018 Mecum : Las Vegas
 
1930 Cord L-29 Convertible Phaeton Sedan
Chassis#: FDA3007
Sold for USD$173,250
  2018 RM Auctions : Auburn Fall
 
1930 Cord L-29 Cabriolet
Chassis#: FD3161BA
Sold for USD$165,000
  2018 RM Auctions : Auburn Fall
 
1930 CORD L29 SPORT PHAETON
Chassis#: 2925858
Sold for USD$253,000
  2018 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale
 
1930 CORD L29 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN
Chassis#: FD3007A
Sold for USD$137,500
  2017 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale
 
1930 CORD L29 4-DOOR BROUGHAM
Chassis#: FDA1785
Sold for USD$300,000
  2017 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale
 
1930 Cord L-29 Cabriolet
Chassis#: 2927648
Sold for USD$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 USD$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 USD$137,500
  2016 RM Sothebys : Arizona
 
1930 Cord L-29 Convertible Phaeton Sedan
Sold for USD$137,500
  2015 Auctions America - Auburn Fall
 
1930 CORD MODEL L-29 TOWN CAR
Chassis#: 2926823
Sold for USD$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 USD$140,878
  2014 LES GRANDES MARQUES DU MONDE AU GRAND PALAIS
 

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 Cabriolet29268532019 Mecum : Monterey   
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  

Cord L-29 Vehicle Profiles
Brougham
Cord L-29 Brougham

Model Year: 1929
Profile
Cabriolet
Cord L-29 Cabriolet

Model Year: 1929
Profile
Cabriolet
Cord L-29 Cabriolet

Model Year: 1929
Profile

Cabriolet
Cord L-29 Cabriolet

Model Year: 1929
Cabriolet
Cord L-29 Cabriolet

Model Year: 1929
Cabriolet
Cord L-29 Cabriolet

Model Year: 1929
Profile

Cabriolet
Cord L-29 Cabriolet

Engine Num: FDA 1282
Model Year: 1929
Profile and Auction History
Cabriolet
Cord L-29 Cabriolet

Model Year: 1929
Profile
Cabriolet
Cord L-29 Cabriolet

Model Year: 1929
Profile

Cabriolet Convertible Speedster
Cord L-29 Cabriolet Convertible Speedster

Model Year: 1929
Sedan
Cord L-29 Sedan

Model Year: 1929
Profile
Town Car
Cord L-29 Town Car

Coachbuilder: d'Leteren Freres
Chassis Num: 2926758
Engine Num: FD1395
Model Year: 1929
Profile and Auction History

Brougham
Cord L-29 Brougham

Model Year: 1930
Profile
Cabriolet
Cord L-29 Cabriolet

Model Year: 1930
Cabriolet
Cord L-29 Cabriolet

Model Year: 1930

Cabriolet
Cord L-29 Cabriolet

Model Year: 1930
Profile
Cabriolet
Cord L-29 Cabriolet

Model Year: 1930
Profile
Cabriolet
Cord L-29 Cabriolet

Model Year: 1930

Cabriolet
Cord L-29 Cabriolet

Model Year: 1930
Profile
Cabriolet
Cord L-29 Cabriolet

Model Year: 1930
Profile
Cabriolet Convertible Speedster
Cord L-29 Cabriolet Convertible Speedster

Model Year: 1930
Profile

Convertible Sedan
Cord L-29 Convertible Sedan

Model Year: 1930
Profile
Phaeton
Cord L-29 Phaeton

Model Year: 1930
Profile
Phaeton
Cord L-29 Phaeton

Model Year: 1930
Profile

Phaeton
Cord L-29 Phaeton

Model Year: 1930
Profile
Phaeton
Cord L-29 Phaeton

Model Year: 1930
Profile
Sedan
Cord L-29 Sedan

Model Year: 1930
Profile

Dual Cowl Phaeton
Cord L-29 Dual Cowl Phaeton

Coachbuilder: Murphy
Model Year: 1930
Profile
Town Car
Cord L-29 Town Car

Coachbuilder: Murphy
Model Year: 1930
Profile
Sport Cabriolet
Cord L-29 Sport Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Voll & Ruhrbeck
Model Year: 1930
Profile

Town Car
Cord L-29 Town Car

Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis Num: 2926823
Engine Num: FD 2410
Model Year: 1930
Profile and Auction History
Hayes Coupe
Cord L-29 Hayes Coupe

Coachbuilder: Hayes Body Company
Chassis Num: 2927005
Engine Num: FD2638A
Model Year: 1930
Profile and Auction History
Convertible Sedan
Cord L-29 Convertible Sedan

Chassis Num: 2927299
Engine Num: FDA 2221
Model Year: 1930
Profile and Auction History

Sport Cabriolet
Cord L-29 Sport Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Voll & Ruhrbeck
Chassis Num: 2927648
Engine Num: FD 2709
Model Year: 1930
Sport Cabriolet
Cord L-29 Sport Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Voll & Ruhrbeck
Chassis Num: 2927898
Engine Num: FD 3029
Model Year: 1930
Profile and Auction History
Convertible Sedan
Cord L-29 Convertible Sedan

Chassis Num: 2928013
Engine Num: FDA3160
Model Year: 1930
Profile and Auction History

Cabriolet
Cord L-29 Cabriolet

Chassis Num: 2928140
Model Year: 1930
Profile and Auction History
Cabriolet
Cord L-29 Cabriolet

Chassis Num: 2928297
Model Year: 1930
Profile
Cabriolet
Cord L-29 Cabriolet

Chassis Num: 2928415
Engine Num: FD 3566
Model Year: 1930
Profile and Auction History

Cabriolet
Cord L-29 Cabriolet

Chassis Num: 2929384
Engine Num: FDA2093
Model Year: 1930
Profile and Auction History
Convertible Sedan
Cord L-29 Convertible Sedan

Chassis Num: FD2936A
Model Year: 1930
Profile and Auction History
Convertible Sedan
Cord L-29 Convertible Sedan

Chassis Num: FDA 3837
Model Year: 1930
Profile and Auction History

Cabriolet Convertible Speedster
Cord L-29 Cabriolet Convertible Speedster

Chassis Num: FDA1423
Model Year: 1930
Profile and Auction History
Brougham
Cord L-29 Brougham

Model Year: 1931
Phaeton Sedan
Cord L-29 Phaeton Sedan

Model Year: 1931
Profile

Sedan
Cord L-29 Sedan

Model Year: 1931
Sedan
Cord L-29 Sedan

Model Year: 1931
Profile
Prototype Speedster
Cord L-29 Prototype Speedster

Coachbuilder: LaGrande
Model Year: 1931
Profile

Rumble Seat Cabriolet
Cord L-29 Rumble Seat Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Limousine Body Mfg. Co.
Model Year: 1931
Profile
Rumble Seat Cabriolet
Cord L-29 Rumble Seat Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Limousine Body Mfg. Co.
Model Year: 1931
Profile
Rumble Seat Cabriolet
Cord L-29 Rumble Seat Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Limousine Body Mfg. Co.
Model Year: 1931
Profile

Rumble Seat Cabriolet
Cord L-29 Rumble Seat Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Limousine Body Mfg. Co.
Model Year: 1931
Profile
Rumble Seat Cabriolet
Cord L-29 Rumble Seat Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Limousine Body Mfg. Co.
Model Year: 1931
Profile
Rumble Seat Cabriolet
Cord L-29 Rumble Seat Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Limousine Body Mfg. Co.
Model Year: 1931
Profile

Rumble Seat Cabriolet
Cord L-29 Rumble Seat Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Limousine Body Mfg. Co.
Model Year: 1931
Rumble Seat Cabriolet
Cord L-29 Rumble Seat Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Limousine Body Mfg. Co.
Chassis Num: 2231
Engine Num: FD 3638
Model Year: 1931
Profile and Auction History
Prototype Speedster
Cord L-29 Prototype Speedster

Coachbuilder: LaGrande
Chassis Num: 2927156
Engine Num: FD2687
Model Year: 1931
Profile and Auction History

Rumble Seat Cabriolet
Cord L-29 Rumble Seat Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Limousine Body Mfg. Co.
Chassis Num: 2929040
Engine Num: FD3696A
Model Year: 1931
Profile and Auction History
Rumble Seat Cabriolet
Cord L-29 Rumble Seat Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Limousine Body Mfg. Co.
Chassis Num: 2929245
Engine Num: FD 4046
Model Year: 1931
Profile and Auction History
Rumble Seat Cabriolet
Cord L-29 Rumble Seat Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Limousine Body Mfg. Co.
Chassis Num: 2930061
Model Year: 1931
Profile and Auction History

Phaeton Sedan
Cord L-29 Phaeton Sedan

Chassis Num: 2930071
Engine Num: FF 4998
Model Year: 1931
Profile and Auction History
Cabriolet
Cord L-29 Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Limousine Body Mfg. Co.
Chassis Num: 3916
Engine Num: FD 4023
Model Year: 1931
Profile and Auction History
Cabriolet
Cord L-29 Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Limousine Body Mfg. Co.
Chassis Num: 4117
Engine Num: FDA 4201
Model Year: 1931
Profile and Auction History


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