When you picture a classic car with front-wheel drive, a supercharged V8, chrome-plated side-exhaust pipes, hidden headlights, and a disappearing convertible top, what do you see? It’s not a mainstream brand many people know about—it’s the revolutionary Cord. The Cord 810, and later 812, produced in 1936 and 1937 by the Cord Automobile division of the Auburn Automobile Company, are visions of luxury and innovation. It was the first American-designed and built car with front-wheel drive with independent front suspension. The two models were also the first to feature hidden headlights.
The Cord 810 was offered as a sedan as well as two- and four-seat convertibles. The 810 had a 125hp Lycoming V8 under the hood and a four-speed gearbox. The interior of the car featured an aircraft-inspired instrument panel, which had illuminated dials. Cranks for the headlamps were located at each end of the instrument panel. The 1937 model, named the 812 had pretty much the same components as the 810. Although the designs of these models were timeless, Cord only had a short run in the automotive industry before going into bankruptcy. The innovation and beauty of these cars survived however and is a great piece for any classic car enthusiast. Bidding starts in the $140,00-$160,000 price range. Learn More