1936 Cord 810

This 1936 Cord 810 Westchester 4-door sedan is a remarkable survivor that has never had, nor has it ever needed, a restoration. Originally conceived as the "Baby Duesenberg", the Cord 810 was intended to restore Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg's leadership position in the automobile industry as the country worked its way out of the Great Depression. The combination of front wheel drive, Lycoming V8 power and Gordon Buehrig's breakthrough body design was an immediate hit and remains to this day one of the most influential, dramatic, dynamic automobiles ever created. With only 56,325 miles from new, this amazingly well preserved 810 Westchester (differentiated from the similar Beverly by the Westchester's bench-style rear seat) has a remarkably complete and original interior including elements like the headliner and door panels that almost never survive, complemented by new carpets. The exterior has had a single high quality repaint in a dark Cigarette Cream color characteristic of the mid-30's. The chrome has been redone and it has freshly repainted wheels with new tires that give it the aspect of a clean new car. The engine runs well and the front wheel drive transmission shifts slickly and with precision, something frequently missing from these cars. The brakes and clutch are great. The engine compartment is clean and freshly detailed. This is a singularly well maintained and preserved example of one of the most important marques and models of the mid-Thirties. It is as nice as it gets without being restored -- which for some sophisticated collectors is even better than a great restoration.

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