Pre-war roar: 1937 Cord 812 SC Convertible Phaeton


The 30s were very special: especially after the crisis of 1929, in the USA the gap between rich and poor increased enormously and so on the one hand there were so many people who could not put together lunch with dinner, from there were other people driving spaceships like this which, in 1937, cost the equivalent of six years of the average american salary.


“Spaceship” is not an exaggeration: it was the first car with folding headlights (this innovation alone was enough to amaze anyone who saw this car running in the streets), then this was the first American designed and built front wheel drive car with independent front suspension, other than being pushed by a 289 ci flathead engine fed by a Schwitzer-Cummins supercharger.


The specimen reviewed here needs a complete restoration but all in all it looks like a healthy car: we believe that the real difficulty, for a possible European buyer, is to find the necessary knowledge to make a restoration worthy of this car which seems to lack the soft top frame, and in reality this could be a serious problem, but otherwise the car is ready to be restored to its former glory. Find it for sale at €104,950 (today $117,500) here in Brummen, Netherlands.


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