For Sale: 1937 Cord 812 in Rogers, Minnesota

Vehicle Description

This 1937 Cord 812 Supercharged "Sportsman" Cabriolet is a beautiful, supercharged example of one of the most iconic and technologically advanced Pre-War cars ever produced. Established by namesake founder Errett Lobban "E.L." Cord in 1929, the Cord Corporation served as Mr. Cord's holding company for his automotive ventures, including his shares in the Auburn Automobile Company and Dusenberg, Inc., as well as engine builder, Lycoming Mfg. Co. To satisfy E.L. Cord's desire to produce his own namesake motor vehicle, Cord began producing the Cord L-29 in June of 1929 which served as a somewhat intermediate model sitting above the more affordably priced Auburn and below the top-of-the-line Duesenberg. Famously, the 1929 Cord L-29 beat out Ruxton to be "America's First Front-Drive Car;" however, in actuality, several automakers at the turn of the century had experimented with front wheel drive vehicles but none were particularly successful. Nonetheless, the 1929 release of the L-29 could not have come at a worse time, with the onset of the Great Depression starting in late 1929 and then continuing into 1930 and beyond. Consequently, Cord ceased production of the gorgeous L-29 at the end of 1931 and the remaining 157 models in stock were sold off at 1932 models. By the mid-1930s however, the economy appeared as if it were beginning to recover from the horrific effects of the Depression and the Cord Corporation decided it was time to revive its novel front-wheel-drive automobiles, with a brand new design both inside and out. Styled by famed automobile designer Gordon Buehrig, the new Cord 810/812 models were essentially designed to be the "Baby Duesenberg" and featured an iconic "Coffin Nose" design. In addition to their unique style, the new Cord models are renowned for a number of revolutionary upgrades in automobile design including rear opening hoods, front wheel drive, "semi-automatic" transmissions, hide-away convertible tops, and "roll up headlights." Additionally, Cord's "coffin nose" front wheel drive design allowed for a lower ride height, which eliminated the need for running boards which would soon become obsolete across most American cars produced in the following decade or so. Similarly, items such as the rear-hinged hoods, hide-a-way convertible tops, and the pop-up headlights were unheard of before the Cord 810/812 but would become commonplace in the decades to come. Of course, one of Cord's biggest innovations were introduced in 1937 with the incorporation of a supercharger that bumped the 812's horsepower from 125 to 170! In spite of all of the Cord's technological and design innovations, Cord's financial issues finally put a halt on production in August 1937, with the company producing a mere 2,992 810 and 812 models during its short run from 1936-1937. In total, a mere 2,992 "Coffin Nose" Cords were produced during their short production run from 1936 through 1937 and it is believed that just a handful of Supercharged "Sportsman" Cabriolet Convertible Coupes were produced in this configuration, which means that this particular example is quite a rare piece of automotive history. Due to its unique design, mechanical innovations, and overall rarity, the Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) has designated all Cord automobiles as Full Classics which means this '37 Cord 812 SC "Sportsman" is eligible to participate in CCCA events and CARavans. This particular example comes to us from the hands of a long line of prominent collectors, and most recently from an esteemed collection where it resided for a period of over ten years. Under the iconic, revolutionary rear-hinged hood on this '37 Cord 812 is a supercharged Lycoming 288.64 Cu. In. V8 fed by a single 2 barrel carburetor that together were said to have created an impressive 170 horsepower when new. The 289 Lycoming V8 is mated to a 4 speed manual transmission that shifted using the innovative remote controlled column-mounted pre-selector shifter. Unlike virtually all pre-war classic cars which were rear wheel drive, power is sent from the supercharged Lycoming powerplant via the transaxle to the front wheels on this front wheel drive Cord. This '37 Cord SC Sportsman rides on a set of wide whitewall bias-ply tires, accented with chrome wheelcovers and beauty rings which gives this convertible an upscale look whether parked at the local car show or cruising down the road. The luxurious look and feel of this supercharged 1937 812 Sportsman Convertible is further supplemented with front and rear bumper guards and a pair of amber-lensed Cord-branded fog lights. In addition to the fog lamps, both headlights manually crank up and down which is one of the many technological and forward-thinking innovations of the Cord 810/812 series. This 1937 Sportsman is equipped with a manually operated beige cloth convertible soft top along with an accessory removable hardtop, both of which appear to be in wonderful condition. The exterior on this '37 Cord 812 Sportsman has been refinished in a beautiful Dark Thrust Brown paint that completes the stunning exterior look of the CCCA Full Classic. The interior on this 1937 Cord 812 Sportsman Convertible Coupe is absolutely gorgeous! The bench seat has been reupholstered with beautiful tan leather that provides a beautiful contrast from the rich exterior appearance. The matching upholstered door panels and armrests, along with the burgundy carpeting, dark ivory painted dash with its engine-turned instrument panel, and body color-matched steering wheel with chrome horn ring are all in fantastic condition as well and appear to be in their stock configuration. The instrument cluster features a wide array of instrumentation and gauges including a 150 MPH speedometer, 5,000 RPM tachometer, oil pressure gauge, temperature gauge, amp gauge, and fuel gauge. The dash is topped by a rearview mirror and then completed with an AM radio and full-size clock, as well as with a pair of locking gloveboxes that straddle the instrument panel. Whether you're buying your first full classic car or you're an established ACD or CCCA collector, this 1937 Cord 812 "Sportsman" Cabriolet would make an excellent choice. Give Ellingson's a call today at 763-428-7337!

*Supercharged 288.64 Cu. In. Lycoming V8
*Single 2 Barrel Carburetor
*Remote Controlled Preselect 4 Speed Manual Transmission
*Front Wheel Drive
*Wide Whitewall Tires w/ Full Wheeelcovers & Beauty Rings
*1 of 2,992 "Coffin Nose" Cords Produced
*Dark Thrush Brown Exterior
*Tan Leather Bench Seat Interior
*Beige Cloth Convertible Top & Removable Hardtop
*Accessory Amber Lensed Cord Fog Lights
*Stock Instrumentation
*Odometer Reads: 1,510 Miles

Vehicle Details

  • 1937 Cord 812
  • Listing ID: CC-1858147
  • Price: $225,995
  • Location:Rogers, Minnesota
  • Year:1937
  • Make:Cord
  • Model:812
  • Exterior Color:Dark Thrush Brown
  • Interior Color:Tan
  • Transmission:Manual
  • Odometer:1510
  • Stock Number:8908
  • VIN:32463
Listed By:
Ellingson Motorcars
20950 Rogers Dr
Rogers, MN 55374

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