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  • 1937 Cord 812 Phaeton
  • 1937 Cord 812 Phaeton
  • 1937 Cord 812 Phaeton
  • 1937 Cord 812 Phaeton
  • 1937 Cord 812 Phaeton
  • 1937 Cord 812 Phaeton
  • 1937 Cord 812 Phaeton
  • 1937 Cord 812 Phaeton
  • 1937 Cord 812 Phaeton
  • 1937 Cord 812 Phaeton
  • 1937 Cord 812 Phaeton
  • 1937 Cord 812 Phaeton
  • 1937 Cord 812 Phaeton
  • 1937 Cord 812 Phaeton
  • 1937 Cord 812 Phaeton
  • 1937 Cord 812 Phaeton
  • 1937 Cord 812 Phaeton
  • 1937 Cord 812 Phaeton
  • 1937 Cord 812 Phaeton
  • 1937 Cord 812 Phaeton
  • 1937 Cord 812 Phaeton
  • 1937 Cord 812 Phaeton
  • 1937 Cord 812 Phaeton
  • 1937 Cord 812 Phaeton
  • 1937 Cord 812 Phaeton
  • 1937 Cord 812 Phaeton
  • 1937 Cord 812 Phaeton
  • 1937 Cord 812 Phaeton
  • 1937 Cord 812 Phaeton


1937 Cord 812 Phaeton

Lot No. 5097

Auctioned on Saturday, September 2, 2017

This vehicle is still for sale. If you are interested in making an offer, please contact one of Auctions America's Car Specialists at (260) 927-9797.

Estimate: $165,000 - $185,000

  • A genuine 812 phaeton with its original engine
  • High-quality restoration in attractive colors


Serial no. 812 1155 H
Engine no. FB 1644
Body no. C 91 269

When the “new Cord” made its debut at the New York Auto Show in November 1935, it turned the automotive world on its ear. Onlookers reportedly stood on the roofs of other cars just to catch a glimpse of Gordon Buehrig’s stunningly advanced “new, original, and ornamental design for an automobile,” with its aerodynamic “coffin nose” louvered hood lacking a traditional radiator shell; its “step-down” floor; its unitary body construction; its hidden door hinges; its pop-up headlamps; and its total lack of running boards. Underneath was no less innovative, with a Lycoming V-8 running the front wheels through a four-speed, electrically shifted pre-selector transmission, which was operated by a “key” off the steering column; essentially, it was an H-pattern gearshift in miniature.

Orders for the new Cord flooded the manufacturer’s headquarters in Auburn, Indiana, but the car was not quite ready for production. By the time cars finally began to be delivered, many impatient customers had cancelled their orders, and the car that could have saved the Auburn Automobile Company became its death knell. The new Cord was only built for two years, and it has since gone down in history as one of the most beautiful automobiles of its time, being regularly displayed in art museums as what Buehrig referred to as “rolling sculpture.”

The 812 phaeton offered here is a very well-maintained restoration, in the attractive color scheme of Geneva Blue over dark blue leather upholstery. Its paint has a wonderful deep shine and remains in virtually show-worthy condition, as does the interior. Accessories include a proper radio and heater, as well as dual Cord amber fog lights. Further, the car retains its original engine, as-delivered in 1937.

An excellent Cord for both showing and touring, this car represents Gordon Buehrig’s design genious at its very best.


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