Sunday, February 15, 2015

The Cord 812

The Cord 810 (and related Cord 812) was an automobile produced by the Cord Automobile division of the Auburn Automobile Company in 1936 and 1937.

It was the first American-designed and built front wheel drive car with independent front suspension. The 810/812 was also the first to offer hidden headlights.

Cord 812 Beverly Sedan
The car caused a sensation at its debut at the New York Auto Show in November 1935. The crowds were so dense, attendees stood on the bumpers of nearby cars to get a look.
Cord 812 convertible

1937 Cord 812 Supercharged Convertible Phaeton Sedan
Supercharging was made available on the 1937 812 model. Supercharged 812 models were distinguished from the normally aspirated 812s by the brilliant chrome-plated external exhaust pipes mounted on each side of the hood and grill. With supercharging, horsepower was raised to 170.
The design of the Cord 810/812 remains one of the most distinctive of the 20th Century. In 1996, American Heritage magazine proclaimed the Cord 810 sedan ‘The Single Most Beautiful American Car’. The ‘Classic Cord’ Hot Wheels toy car of the 1960s, a convertible coupé, is one of the most valuable, and commands up to US$800 (2006) if still in an unopened package.

1937 Cord 812 Supercharged Phaeton. Sold for $225,500 in 2011