Gordon Buehrig's design for the Cord 810/812 is one of the most memorable, and certainly recognizable, designs of the Classic era. Originally conceived for a Baby Duesenberg with innovative surface-mounted radiators that gave it its coffin-nose shape, it was masterfully adapted to the more conventionally configured Cord, but with front wheel drive that hid neatly below the extended valence in front of the hood. The mechanically retracting concealed headlights were a generation before their time and the subtly chromed execution was the height of Machine Age design. Details like the engine-turned dashboard and teardrop fenders likewise influenced and foreshadowed later designs from famed automobile and industrial designers. It was a landmark, a milestone, and fittingly chosen by the Museum of Modern Art in New York for display among the automobile design masterpieces of the first half-century of the automobile. This 1937 Cord 812 is factory supercharged, producing 190 horsepower at 4,200 rpm from its Lycoming V-8 engine. Finished in deep burgundy with tan leather upholstery piped in cordovan brown and complemented by a matching tan cloth top, this 1937 Cord 812 supercharged Phaeton is an older nut-and-bolt restoration to high standards of fit, finish, function and accurate reproduction of its original factory appearance. A pair of correct Cord fog lights enhances the front bumper and chromed flexible exhaust headpipes aid under hood cooling of the supercharged engine while identifying it as the more powerful Cummins-Schwitzer supercharged power plant. Its restoration has aged well and it can be shown with pride while not being so pristine that using it detracts from its value or enjoyment. It runs and drives well and has the performance that its supercharged engine encourages.
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