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Cord Convertible Phaeton

Year: 1936|Ext: White|Int: Red|call for price|

This 1936 812 is a desirable Convertible Phaeton finished in attractive white over deep red leather interior. It is a very attractive example that wears an older restoration that was treated to a cosmetic freshening in 2014. Prior to that, our consignor informs us the car once belonged to Glenn Pray, the famous savior of the Cord company, who purchased the remnants of Auburn, Cord and Duesenberg and supplied spare parts and restoration services for owners of these important cars through the 1960s and 1970s. It is believed that this car was first restored in Glenn Pray’s famous Broken Arrow, Oklahoma workshop. It is finished in a handsome white over a burgundy interior and a black canvas top. The body is straight and tidy, and the car is very attractive overall with excellent paintwork and quality detailing. Chrome is good, and this car sports the signature exposed exhaust pipes which were fitted to both the supercharged and non-supercharged 812s such as this.

The interior presents very well, with lovely deep red leather seats showing limited use and feeling nice and supple. Door panels, carpets and other soft trim are all in very good condition. The Cord 812 has one of the most beautiful dash designs of the era, with stylish engine-turned alloy mixed with painted steel panels. The switchgear and instruments are in good condition, and the controls work as they should.

Overall, this is a very tidy and beautifully maintained Cord 812, wearing one of the most desirable open body styles offered. It comes to us from a large collection of significant American cars and it presents in fine running and driving condition, ready for use in road events with the likes of the CCCA or AACA or in regional shows and concours. This is a fine opportunity to acquire a wonderful example of one of the most significant, groundbreaking designs of the 20th century. We welcome your questions, please contact Alex Ruozzi at RB Collection for more information.

Gordon Beuhrig’s Cord 812 is one of the most recognizable and unique American automobiles of the classic era. The 810 and 812 were devised by E.L. Cord as a replacement for the revolutionary, front-wheel drive L29 which ended production in 1932. The four-year gap between the L29 and 810 allowed Cord to take a radical approach with his new car. To style the new car, Cord employed Gordon Buehrig, who was previously responsible for such cars as the Auburn 851 boat tail speedster and was a significant contributor to the Duesenberg model J. Buehrig later when on to work for Ford Motor Company where he was responsible for such greats as the 1951 Victoria Coupe and 1956 Continental MkII. While Alan Leamy’s Cord L-29 was a beautiful car in its own right, the new 812 was on an entirely different level. Buehrig was essentially given free-reign to design the car and he made radical decisions such as the elimination of the traditional grille and running boards, and of course those signature hide-away headlights fitted in the voluptuous sculpted front fenders. The Art-Deco styled body featured sweeping curves and was notably clean and free of excessive chrome trim. Front wheel drive combined with independent front suspension (a first for any American car) allowed for a low body height thereby allowing Buehrig eliminate running boards. Power was courtesy of the proven Lycoming V8 mated to a pre-selector transmission. The car caused such a sensation when it debuted at the New York Auto Show in 1935 that orders came pouring in, however delays in production tempered excitement and sales struggled once the car hit the market in 1936. For 1937, the 810 was updated for the 812. Some 812s gained a supercharger while some were renumbered and updated 1936 810’s. The Cord 810/812 was perhaps too far ahead of its time, and early reliability issues certainly held it back from greater success, but there is no denying the fact that it is one of the most individual, revolutionary American cars of all time.

  • Very desirable Cord Convertible Phaeton
  •  Belonged to Glenn Pray
  • One of the most beautiful dash designs
  • A revolutionary American cars of all time