Lot 3159

Auburn Fall 2018

1930 Cord L-29 Cabriolet

The Richard L. Burdick Collection


$165,000 USD | Sold

United States | Auburn, Indiana



Identification No.
  • Offered from the Richard L. Burdick Collection
  • The first successful production American front-wheel-drive car
  • The most desirable and sought-after factory body style
  • Original engine, chassis, and body as delivered in 1930
  • 125-hp, 298-cu. in. inline eight-cylinder engine, and three-speed manual transmission
  • Very original example with older restoration; records 65,000 miles
  • Eligible for all Auburn Cord Duesenberg (ACD) Club activities and meets
  • Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) Full Classic
Addendum: Please note that this lot is titled as a 1929.

Among the most exciting automobiles in the Burdick Collection is this extremely original Cord L-29 cabriolet, an example of the most desirable factory body style. Listed in the ACD Club’s 1999 70th Anniversary roster of known cars with Gene McKay of Spokane, Washington, it has been a long-term part of Mr. Burdick’s collection, and wears an older cosmetic restoration in two tones of caramel. Close inspection indicates that the car seems to have never received a full restoration; it retains its original structural woodwork, in good condition, and the original serial number and body tags are still in place, a reassuring confirmation of its purity. More recently the interior and top were both redone very professionally and in the original materials. The original metal trim is still in good condition, inside and out, and the car retains its original Bijur lubricating system and windshield wiper motor. An ideal basis for light freshening and tours, or the best possible beginning to a full restoration, this is an L-29 to treasure.