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1936 Cord 810 Phaeton Sedan
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$170,500.00 None Auction Results
Description: 1936 Cord 810 Phaeton Sedan
RM Auctions
Automobiles of Amelia Island Collector Car Auction
Amelia Island, Florida
March 13, 2009
AUCTION RESULTS: Lot 129 - Sold at a price of $170,500

190 hp, 269 cu. in. L-head, side valve flathead Lycoming V8 engine, four-speed electric pre-selector gearbox, front-wheel drive. Wheelbase: 125"

To overcome sagging sales during the Great Depression, Cord introduced the 810. The car was conceived using a proven formula for sales success: a combination of styling, performance and reasonable price. Highly advanced, the new car offered hidden headlights, a sleek "coffin nose" hood, no running boards and, of course, front drive. It was an instant sensation.

Approximately 600 of the very attractive Convertible Phaeton Sedans were built during the two-year life of the Cord Front Drive, making them rare when new – and rarer still today. They offer a beguiling combination of landmark styling, exceptional performance and open air motoring. The Phaeton design was a unique four-passenger convertible as one of the first production examples of this body style. Until Cord's Phaeton, two-door, four-passenger convertibles were called convertible victorias. Their blind quarter convertible tops were elegant but made for poor visibility for rear seat passengers.

The example offered here has benefited from a full restoration, intended to be of nice driver quality as opposed to professional concours show quality. It has been fitted with external exhaust, although the car is not supercharged.

Today, the paintwork is quite good, finished in cigarette cream with only minor defects due to aging and light orange peel in the finish. Similarly, the chrome and brightwork is highly presentable. The undercarriage is undercoated, and the tan top is in good condition.

The maroon leather interior is quite good, with no significant flaws and only minor evidence of use. The rear seats are as new, and the door panels have sagged slightly. The carpets are well done and nicely fitted, and the dash and gauges are as new. The engine bay is highly detailed, very correct and well done. The odometer indicates 123 miles, which would be consistent with mileage since restoration.

This lovely example is a CCCA Full Classic and as such would make an ideal tour or CARavan car. With their seamless preselector transmissions and four-speed gearboxes, these Cords offer effortless cruising at modern highway speeds.
Keywords: 1936 Cord 810 Phaeton Sedan


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