1937 Cord 810 Westchester

Cadet Grey exterior and dark blue interior with grey accents
289 CID Lycoming L-head V-8 engine
Four-speed semi-automatic transmission with Bendix pre-selector
Four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes
Independent front suspension with trailing arms and transverse leaf spring; live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs
Correct chrome and trim
There are few American original cars left but we have one here at MotoeXotica Classic Cars. We are quite proud to present this 1937 Cord 810 Winchester sedan.

Dressed in Cadet Grey, this car’s paint and trim are in overall excellent condition, after a restoration to high standards, however there are minor blemishes visible at the driver’s side A-pillar and at the fuel filler door. The windows are in very good order and the lights are as well. This Cord rides on 16-inch steel wheels with vented factory wheel covers surrounded by Goodyear wide whitewall tires. The tires and wheels are in very good order.

This car’s bodywork is straight and solid, including its “coach” front doors, its trunk is in good order with a full-sized spare tire, the engine bay is tidy, the battery looks new and the chrome bumpers show good fits with the body. However, the car has no windshield wiper arms; there are wiper blades in the glovebox. The horns are inoperable.

Its Lycoming 289 CID L-head V-8 engine was matched with a four-speed semi-automatic transmission with Bendix’s electrically operated pre-selector gearshift system.

Inside, the car’s dark blue interior with grey piping and trim is in overall very good order. The front and rear bench seats look great, as does the matching carpet and headliner. The black and metallic dashboard, with its multiple round gauges, including tachometer, levers and other controls, still looks snazzy, however the fuel gauge is inoperable. The original, glossy, three-spoke steering wheel faces the driver. The driver’s side inner door panel shows some blemishes, but overall, the panels, mirror glass and shift lever look good. There is no radio in this vehicle.

Contemplated as a “Baby Duesenberg” yet made for only 1936 and 1937, E. L. Cord’s 810/812 series has been a collector favorite for many years. The 810/812 series succeeded the L-29 Cord, continuing Cord’s penchant for blending stunning styling with engineering wonders, all at affordable prices. Indeed, Cord chief stylist Gordon M. Buehrig penned the design, using cues from styles rejected by Harley Earl, his former GM styling boss, such as its “coffin” nose, retractable headlights and pontoon-style front fenders. Other new ideas included hidden door hinges, front-wheel drive, a hidden fuel filler door, variable-speed windshield wipers and a rear-hinged hood as opposed to the then-regular side-opening type.

Front-wheel drive meant the car had no driveshaft beneath the passenger compartment so there was no transmission tunnel to steal foot room and rob passenger space in the cabin. The car’s body was lower than many of its contemporaries and made running boards a thing of the past.

Competition to this Cord in 1937 included Auburn’s Speedster, Buick’s Century, Cadillac’s Series 60, Chrysler’s Airstream, Duesenberg’s Model J, LaSalle’s Series 50, the Lincoln-Zephyr, Packard’s One-Twenty and Oldsmobile’s Series L models.

This car is currently located at our facility in St. Louis, Missouri. Current mileage on the odometer shows 11,081 miles. It is sold as is, where is, on a clean and clear, mileage exempt title. GET OUT AND DRIVE!!!

Price: Auction

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Location: Saint Louis, Missouri, United States