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Saturday, July 23, 2022

Here's an American elegant-styled fancy car of 1930s

Lost&Found While surfing on the internet, we came across a unique classic car picture. From some pictures, it can be seen that this elegance classic car has smooth curves all over its white colored body. It is seem like an American elegant-styled fancy car of 1930s, then we tried to find out what car it was? 
1936 Cord 810 - Westchester Sedan. (Picture from: ClassicDigest)
From several sources on the internet we found that mentioned car named the Cord 810 was produced by Cord Automobile, a division of Auburn Automobile Company  ranging from 1936 up to the end of 1937. As is well known that all modern styling touches of the Cord 810 are the work of designer Gordon M. Buehrig and his team of stylists, including Vince Gardner and Alex Tremulis.
1937 Cord 810 - Beverly Sedan. (Picture from: Pinterest)
The Cord 810 is a four-seater luxury classic car (produced in several models such; Westchester Sedan, Beverly Sedan, Sportsman and Phaeton), all rode on 125-inch wheelbases. In 1937, two models, the Westchester and Beverly sedans, kept their 125-inch wheelbase, but the other four models-Sportsman, Phaeton, Custom Beverly and Custom Berline-had longer, 132-inch wheelbases. The longer-wheelbase cars had eight louvers on the hood side panels, with the shorter-wheelbase cars having seven louvers.
1936 Cord 810 - Westchester Sedan. (Picture from: ClassicDigest)
This classic car is also known as the first car featured with headlights hidden on its front fenders (could be said as the ancestor of modern pop-up headlights). Besides that the Cord 810 is a front wheel drive car designed and built for the first time in the United States with independent front suspension. And reportedly the car adopts many elements from the Citroen Traction Avant (one of which became a beautiful Willy Bernath made cabriolet of 1944), and Cord L-29, both of which also apply front-wheel drive. However, even though the Cord 810 is still carrying the old version of the tube rear axle with a semi-elliptic rear spring.
1937 Cord 810 - Phaeton Convertible. (Picture from: Drive-My)
The car's power comes from the Lycoming 289 cubic-inches V8 engine with a capacity of 4,739 cc which is also adopted from the Cord L-29 and is combined with a four-speed semi-automatic transmission (three plus overdrive). So the engine is capable of producing around 125 hp (93 kW) allowing the car to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 20 seconds, before reaching a top speed of 93 mph (150 kph). The engine featured aluminum cylinder heads, to take advantage of the heat-dissipating benefits, but strangely, only a single exhaust was used and, of course, a six-volt electrical system.
1937 Cord 810 - Sportsman Convertible. (Picture from: Mecum)
In its debut at the 1935 New York Auto Show, the Cord 810 caused a tremendous sensation from visitors and the media. So that the crowd was so dense that many visitors stood on the bumpers of other cars to see this iconic new car.
1937 Cord 810 - Phaeton Convertible. (Picture from: Drive-My)
Unfortunately, because assembly of the Cord 810's semi-automatic transmission was more troublesome than previously thought, the first production cars weren't ready to ship until February, and even reached New York City in early April 1936.
Besides that, there were also other problems with several elements, including slipping of the gear and vapor lock which further reduced customer enthusiasm to the Cord 810. Although mostly new owners liked their sleek new car, Auburn decided to discontinue the Cord 810' production in late 1937 after launching around 3,000 units. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | PREWAR | CLASSICDIGEST | JOURNAL-CLASSICCARS | HEMMINGS | DRIVE-MY | MECUM ]
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