£43,912

Auction THOROUGHBRED & VINTAGE AT FONTWELL HOUSE September 2016

Lot Details

Lot Number 116
Reg. Number UK Registered
Chassis Number 1206A
Year 1936
Make Cord
Model Winchester

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Description

The Cord 810) 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. It followed the 1934 Citroën Traction Avant and the Cord L-29, both of which also had front wheel drive.

Both models were also the first to offer hidden headlights. 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 had rushed to build the 100 cars needed to qualify for the show, and the transmission was not ready. Even so, Cord took many orders at the show, promising Christmas delivery, expecting production of 1,000 per month, but the semi-automatic transmission was more troublesome than expected, and 25 December came and went with no cars built. The first production cars were not ready to deliver until February, and did not reach New York City until April 1936.

This lovely example had been stored in a barn for some 55 years and was restored over a 4 year period between 2010 and 2014. All bodywork was restored, repainted and new interior also fitted. The original engine and gearbox were rebuilt. The owner also had the car re wired and re chromed. Where required, the woodwork was replaced. This wonderful iconic American motor car is UK registered and currently on the road and has done only 150 miles since its restoration and is a matching numbers vehicle. It also comes with a 1949 US Title from New York State.


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