1937 Cord 812 Phaeton

Still For Sale

RM | Online Only - ONLINE ONLY: PALM BEACH 20 - 28 MARCH 2020 - The Schluter Collection

Chassis No.
  • Buy It Now: $143,000
  • Offered from the Schluter Collection
  • A timeless Gordon Buehrig design
  • One of just 612 convertible phaetons built
  • Superbly presented older restoration
  • Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) Full Classic
  • Please note this lot will need to be collected from West Palm Beach, Florida

Produced only for 1936 and 1937 before the ultimate demise of E. L. Cord’s massive automotive and industrial empire, the innovative Cord 812 Phaeton offered here remains an undisputed collector favorite today. Conceived as the eventual successor to the groundbreaking and handsome but short-lived front-drive Cord L-29 of 1929, the later 810/812 series continued to exemplify company president E. L. Cord’s proven formula for sales success: a combination of cutting-edge styling and high performance, all at a surprisingly reasonable price point.

Again fitted with an advanced front-wheel drivetrain, the new 812 offered a 288-cubic-inch V-8 engine from Lycoming, one of Cord’s many companies, mated to an innovative four-speed, electrically shifted pre-selector transmission. The smooth Gordon Buehrig–designed body was an equally major step forward in automotive design, featuring a blunt louvered “coffin” hood, retractable headlights, and the absence of running boards. Its reception at the November 1935 New York Auto Show was enthusiastic, and orders poured in. Alas, production startup was slow, and by the time supply finally caught up with demand, some customers had changed their minds. All in all, some 2,900 examples were built, 612 of those being phaetons.

The car being offered here is said to have been restored some years ago and beautifully maintained since. It is painted in superb medium blue with a matching leather interior and is currently fitted with a pair of accessory fog lights. Of the 612 convertible phaetons, this car is certainly among the most attractive and well-maintained, and as a CCCA Full Classic, it’s the perfect candidate for CARavans and judged shows. It is sure to offer many more miles of enjoyment to its fortunate new owner.


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