Lot 212

Hershey 2018

1937 Cord 812 Cabriolet


$137,500 USD | Sold

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Chassis No.
Serial No.
812 1113 F
Engine No.
FB 2193
Body No.
C 92 158
  • Wonderful, rarely seen factory-correct color of Ganges Green
  • Restored with a factory prototype-style rumble seat
  • Well-preserved older restoration
  • Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) Full Classic

The cabriolet offered here is one of the earliest surviving Cord 812 cabriolets, the two-passenger convertible version of Gordon Buehrig’s legendary streamlined design. Former owners included early enthusiasts Dick Spencer and Paul Marut of New Jersey; Marut owned the car for many years, and was recorded as its owner in the Auburn Cord Duesenberg (ACD) Club rosters in 1971 and 1984. Later the car was part of the personal collection of well-known Cord restorer, Stan Gilliland, in Wellington, Kansas.

As seen today the Cord is restored in the rare, unusual factory-correct color of Ganges Green with a proper green leather interior, original radio, and Deluxe heater. Reportedly the engine, a correct 1937 replacement unit, was rebuilt with insert bearings in the rod and main bearings, as well as new aluminum heads, while the car was fitted with new heavy-duty steel wheels and whitewall radial tires. It retains the correct factory brass windshield frame, top bows, and latches. During the restoration the car was fitted with the desirable feature of side exhausts, as well as a rumble seat, a feature used on a handful of prototype 810 cabriolets.

The car retains its original serial number and body tags. Further, in addition to the aforementioned ACD Club rosters, it is recorded in both of Josh B. Malks’ well-known Cord references, The Timeless Classic and Cord Complete.

This is a fascinating and unusual Cord cabriolet, ideal for carrying up to four passengers in next year’s ACD Festival Parade of Classics, in Ganges Green style!