1937 Cord 812 Supercharged Phaeton For Sale by Auction
To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION WITHOUT RESERVE at RM Sothebys' Palm Beach event, 20 - 21 March 2020. An iconic Gordon Buehrig designOlder restoration in exciting colorsPowered by the optional supercharged engineClassic Car Club of America (CCCA) Full Classic Sometimes known as the “Baby Duesenberg” and produced only for 1936 and 1937, the innovative “coffin nose” Cord remains an undisputed collector favorite today. Conceived as the modern successor to the groundbreaking and handsome but short-lived Cord L-29, the later 810/812 series exemplified E. L. Cord’s proven formula for sales success: a combination of cutting-edge, streamlined styling, quality engineering, and high performance, all at a surprisingly reasonable price point.The 812 phaeton offered here is believed to be an early-production car, actually a leftover 1936 810 which was renumbered to be sold for the 1937 model year. According to Auburn Cord Duesenberg Club records, it was assigned the current serial number during restoration some years ago and was originally powered by a non-supercharged “FB” engine. Some years later the car, now with a factory-supercharged “FC” engine and its distinctive side exhaust mounted, was sold to the current owner from the estate of Tom Lutzi of Emerald, Nebraska, in August 2004.Following acquisition the car underwent a restoration, with the paint and bodywork finished by a local shop in Omaha, Nebraska, and the transmission, heads, radiator, and mechanical work by Arbor Garage; Tom Sewell supplied the interior. The carburetor and water pump were both rebuilt by the late Henry Portz, a well-regarded Cord specialist in Arroyo Grande, California. Overall the car is in good driver-quality condition in an eye-catching red over a tan leather interior and would be welcomed to any number of ACD Club events.To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/fl20.
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