1930 Cord L-29 Cabriolet Convertible Speedster Vehicle Profile

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

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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Cabriolet Convertible Speedster
In the early 1920s, E.L. Cord used his business and sales talents to gain control of the Auburn and Duesenberg automobile companies. In 1929, he created his namesake, the Cord, as the middle-class volume sales part of his ACD conglomerate.

The L-29 was engineered by racecar builder Harry Miller and one Cornelius Van Ranst. Its power plant began as the 125 horsepower, 289.6 cubic inch, Auburn straight eight, but ended up quite different. The cylinder head was modified for a rear engine mount. According to one Cord authority, the L-29 engine had over 70 unique parts.

The super-long front allowed body engineer John Oswald to craft a flowing hood fenders ensemble, and Auburn chief designer Al Leamy applied a Duesenberg-style radiator that only accented that impressive length and lowness conferred by front-wheel drive. In all, the L-29 looked sensational in its four 'factory' body types: Sedan, Brougham, Phaeton, and Cabriolet. Numerous celebrities bought L-29s, and coachbuilders at home and abroad created stunning custom bodies. Standard models were fairly priced in the $3100-3300 range.

Brooks Stevens purchased this Speedster new and redesigned the body in the mid-1930s. It has many advanced design features for its time and is extremely fast and agile for an L-29. Mr. Stevens kept the car for 65 years and used it in many road races, hill climbs and road rallys. Stevens wanted more than a cabriolet - he wanted a unique speedster. He extensively restyled the car, adding skirted fenders, a speedster tail and Woodlites. He drove it in races, hill climbs and other sporting events until his death in 1995. The current owner purchased the car from his estate in 1997 and commissioned a two-year restoration.

Chassis#

No auction information available for this vehicle at this time.

Analysis

Chassis number Auction Sales History

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

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2018$253,000$253,0001
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 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
 
1930 Cord L-29
Chassis#: 2928140
Sold for $187,000
  2009 Sports & Classics of Monterey
1930 Cord L-29 image  1930 Cord L-29 image  
1930 Cord L-29 Cabriolet
Sold for $181,500
  2009 Automobiles of Arizona
 
1930 Cord L-29
Chassis#: 2927005
Sold for $1,078,000
  2008 Gooding & Company
1930 Cord L-29 image  1930 Cord L-29 image  

No Sale

1930 Cord L-29's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
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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