1931 Cord L-29 Cabriolet

1931 Cord L-29 Cabriolet

Exquisite restoration by respected marque specialist Ken Clark. ACD Category 1 Certified with original engine, body, and chassis. A proven veteran of numerous shows and tours. One of the finest L-29s available.​

Exceptionally presented in brilliant colors, this Cord L-29 Cabriolet is a stunning example of America’s front-wheel-drive pioneer. Beautifully turned-out with a world-class restoration by a noted marque expert, this desirable later production example featured original chassis, body, and original FD-series engine. In the mid-1980s, a lifelong Cord enthusiast discovered this car hidden away in a Key West, Florida garage. Said to be a remarkably complete, sound and rust free example when found, the owner purchased it with the intention of restoring it to concours standards. Sadly, he did not see his plan come to fruition; however, his brother (also a dedicated Cord aficionado) later acquired the car and eventually commissioned the kind of restoration it so deserved.

The owner entrusted the Cord to Ken Clark of Ken’s Classics in Pittsfield, Maine to perform a highly detailed restoration to exacting standards. Mr. Clark is a foremost expert on Cord automobiles, and his painstakingly researched projects have won countless awards and accolades through the years. For this car, Clark and his team meticulously researched and restored every component down to the smallest detail, noting along the way that this car retained much of its original wooden body frame as well as the original serial number tag. They capped off the project by finishing it in a visually striking two-tone blue livery with chrome wheels, black wall tires and gray upholstery.

Fresh from restoration, it earned its ACD Club certification as a Category 1 Original Car. Shown extensively within the ACD Club, honors include the Alan Leamy Award for Best L-29 at the 2014 National Reunion. It is also a Senior Award winner in both the AACA and CCCA, and a Lion Award recipient at the Concours d’Elegance of America at St. Johns. Importantly, the driving experience was not overlooked, and Clark ensured this L-29 was dialed-in and properly sorted for touring and rallies. In addition to racking up concours trophies, it has been a regular participant on events like the ACD Festival Hoosier Tour, and ACD Club Spring Meet tour. The current owner takes pride in this being one of the best-performing L-29s and has not been shy about enjoying it to the fullest on the road.

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