For Sale: 1937 Cord 810 in Morgantown, Pennsylvania

Vehicle Description

1937 Cord 810 Westchester

The 1937 Cord is counted as the most striking and innovative car of its time. Mechanically it was way ahead of its peers. Cord was the first mass-production auto offered with front-wheel drive. The elimination of the rear drive train allowed the car to be so low, running boards were unnecessary. It also featured an "alligator" style hood hinged at the rear, "coffin" front-end styling, concealed door hinges, and teardrop shaped fenders. The disappearing headlights are individually raised and lowered by hand-cranks located on the dash in front of the driver and passenger. Many of these features influenced other manufacturers' designs in the years ahead. When it was unveiled at the New York Auto Show in November 1935, this car caused a sensation. Unfortunately, with so many new features that had not been adequately tested in advance, the Cord gained a reputation for being gorgeous, but unreliable. Thanks to the Heritage Museum for the info.

For consignment, mix of street rod with a healthy dose of class in the form of a 1937 Cord 810 Westchester. The body is a homologation of Cord and Graham Hollywood parts and has many modern-day features within this car's design, and more so now with the street rodded touch. Built in our consignor's garage with all new or rebuilt mechanicals and such niceties as heat and air conditioning, this classy rodder is a stunner to say the least. Complete records and receipts for the parts involved in this build are included with the purchase, as are some photos of the build. Very stylish, very low to the ground and just a beautiful line throughout, this car is barely broken in with only 200 miles on the new crate engine. Isn't it time you set the street rod world on its roof with this Cord? You're sure not to lose it in the field of Fords and Chevrolets....lesser pedestrian!

The Model 810/812 are probably the best-known of the company's products. Styled by Gordon M. Buehrig, this car originally featured front-wheel drive, having front drive enabled the model 810 to be built so low, to render running boards unnecessary. Something not often seen in the mid 1930s. The car caused a sensation at the New York Auto Show in November 1935. Orders were taken at the show with Cord promising Christmas delivery, expecting production of 1,000 per month. Production delays pushed the expected delivery date to February 1936. This still proved optimistic - the first production vehicles were actually delivered in April. In all, Cord managed to sell only 1,174 of the new 810 in its first model year. The car is well known for its flat front nose with a horizontal louvered grille design instead of the common radiator-style grille, that made its nose resemble a coffin, earning it the nickname of "Coffin Nose". This combined with the hidden headlights, (the original lamps were Stinson landing lights), within the pontoon like fenders and long flat area beneath the nose and fenders, it is a very unusual design but nonetheless striking. A split windscreen which is swept rearward, meets up with the rounded roofline that melts into the back of the car via a split rear half oval back glass. The rear fenders, also pontoon inspired, meet up with the downward sloping trunk deck and end up on top of the rear bumper. 15-inch chromed and polished steel wheels are rolled and wrapped with wide whitewall tires. The condition of the exterior surfaces is nearly flawless in regards to the laser straight gaps and depth of the Mitsubishi Tampa Blue Metallic paint as well as the mirror-like chrome plating. Our consignor notes that the body is a mix of Cord and Graham parts, and in all honesty the only Graham parts my trained eye can see are the front doors, as Cord doors did not come equipped with vent windows.

Inside, clean tan leather covers most all surfaces including the lovely door panels. The doors are suicide doors with the latch in the front of the door, and these doors have hidden hinges something else not seen in other cars of this era. Shiny window cranks and an actuator along with painted Tampa Blue frames and chocolate brown carpeting and piping gives an expensive look. Inside a front bench, also in tan leathersits in a leather upholstered curved arm tub. Chocolate brown piping and a smooth bolster separates the seat from the fronts. In the back, accessible by another set of doors, the sprawling rear bench matches the front seat and is surrounded by more tan that rises to the ceiling panels and surrounds the window of the rear glass. More piping in chocolate brown and some clean brown carpeting is noted in the back. The headliner is tan with stitched ribs where the panels come together. The dash is in body matching Tampa blue with a large machined swirl pattern panel to house the round Autometer instruments and Vintage AC and heat controls. Everything inside presents as nearly new and the shifter is now on the banjo wheel topped adjustable column.

Lurking under the "Coffin Hood" is by far not the original 288ci Lycoming V8 named after the company out of Williamsport, Pennsylvania that also manufactured aircraft and automobile engines. The beginning of the rod end of this build lurks front and center and presents in the form of a 350ci Chevrolet V8 with less than 200 miles logged. It has been fitted with ribbed and polished valve covers and a Holley 4-barrel carburetor atop the Dart Sportsman aluminum intake manifold. A brushed stainless cereal bowl type air cleaner lid sits overtop the carburetor and we note supple hoses and cleanly run wiring. A rebuilt TH350 3-speed automatic transmission is bolted to the back and long gone is the front wheel drive as we are in 10 bolt axle rear wheel drive territory now.

Clean, black, structurally solid and like new for the flooring, suspension and unibody with only very minor road dirt and very little surface rust. A new fuel tank and lines are installed and handling the exhale are headers and dual exhaust with Flow FX mufflers by Flowmaster. A Mustang II front suspension with 2" drop spindles, power rack and pinion steering and power disc brakes are up front and in the back we see leaf springs and power drums.

She started right and off to the test track I went. This car is interesting to drive as it combines the look and feel of the original 810 Westchester with the modern amenities of a street rod. With a twist of the key the mighty V8 roared to life and I movedthe shifter to drive and we were off like a prom dress. The car shifted smoothly, had biasfree firm braking and rode beautifully. All functions were operating just fab during my drive, although backing up takes a bit of talent due to the small rear window and even smaller mirrors.

A very interesting car of which not too many were sold due to the depression. Plenty of stars of the era had a Cord, mostly the ones that had the side pipes emanating from the side hood cowl. This one is a very clean design, with hidden headlights that need cranked but do rise to the occasion and embodies all the Cord styling that the upper crust was so in love with. Our consignor did a wonderful job of blending new and old to create a reliable rolling piece of art with just about every modern convenience one could want, now residing in our South mallway and awaiting your star studded sure to call ahead so we can roll out the red carpet for you!

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Vehicle Details

  • 1937 Cord 810
  • Listing ID: CC-1676743
  • Price: $80,500
  • Location:Morgantown, Pennsylvania
  • Year:1937
  • Make:Cord
  • Model:810
  • Exterior Color:Tampa Blue Metallic
  • Interior Color:Tan
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Odometer:68
  • Stock Number:4802
  • VIN:32404A
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Classic Auto Mall
6180 Morgantown Rd.
Morgantown, PA 19543

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