1930 Cord L-29 Convertible Sedan / 2927299 Chassis Information

1930 Cord L-29 photograph

1930 Cord L-29 photograph

1930 Cord L-291930 Cord L-29
Convertible Sedan
Chassis #: 2927299
Engine # FDA 2221
Sold for $156,800 at 2019 Bonhams : Amelia Island.
Sold for $157,300 at 2019 Auburn Spring : RM Auctions.
Production of the L-29 began at the Auburn, Indiana plant in April of 1929 with a two-day press launch in June. The L-29 had a front-wheel drive layout which gave it a low center of gravity and increased passenger space. Errett Lobban Cord had been impressed by the performance of the Harry Miller designed front-wheel drive Junior 8 Special at Indianapolis, and in 1926 he purchased the passenger-car rights to Miller's FWD design. Cornelius Van Ranst worked on the development and by November of 1927 the first production was ready for testing.

The L-29 was initially offered in Brougham, Phaeton, Convertible Coupe, and Sedan body styles with prices ranging from $3,095 to $3,295. Unfortunately, the car's biggest Achilles Heel was its timing; it was introduced to dealers' showrooms just as the Wall Street Crash of October 1929 crippled the market.

Price cuts were made but it did little to inspire sales of the world's first practical front-wheel drive production car. By 1932, production had come to an end after 5,010 L-29s were built. It is estimated that approximately 300 examples of all types exist today.

This particular example was manufactured in 1930 and was bodied as a convertible sedan by the Limousine Body Company. It left the factory finished in emerald green.

The early history of this convertible sedan is not fully known. In 1977, it was in Oklahoma and owned by Mr. William F. McDuff Junior. Around this time, the car had been disassembled in preparation for a restoration project. In this unfinished state, the car was sold to Robert Randolph who had the car sent to Colorado. The restoration was entrusted to Rich Babb and Tim Stadler. After the comprehensive restoration was completed in 1997, it was finished in red with maroon fenders and tan top.

This Cord remained with Mr. Randolph until his passing.


By Daniel Vaughan | May 2019


2019 Auburn Spring : RM Auctions

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$200,000-$250,000 
Sale Price :
$157,300

2019 Bonhams : Amelia Island

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$140,000-$180,000 
Sale Price :
$156,800

2019 6
2018 4
2017 2
2016 3
2015 2
2014 2
2013 2
2012 2
2011 2
2010 1

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2019$143,933$275,0006
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

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1930 sales)
1930 Cord L-29 Brougham
Chassis#: 2927601
Sold for $103,400
  2019 RM Sothebys : Hershey
 
1930 Cord L-29 Cabriolet
Chassis#: 2928415
Sold for $275,000
  2019 RM Sothebys : Hershey
 
1930 Cord L29 Cabriolet
Chassis#: FD4121
Sold for $75,900
  2019 Mecum : Monterey
 
1930 Cord L-29 Convertible Phaeton Sedan
Chassis#: 2927299
Sold for $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 $95,200
  2019 Bonhams : Tupelo Auction
 
1930 Cord L-29 Convertible Sedan
Chassis#: 2927299
Sold for $156,800
  2019 Bonhams : Amelia Island
1930 Cord L-29 image  1930 Cord L-29 image  
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
 

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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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-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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