1931 Cord L-29

E.L. Cord broke new ground with his front wheel drive line, officially designated the Cord Front Drive but now universally known as the L-29 (its internal project number.) Fashionably related to successful front drive race cars from Miller (a consultant on the design), the front engine, transmission and differential dropped the Cord's frame close to the ground where it complemented dramatic low-slung body styling, arguably the most beautiful automobiles of the late Twenties. Introduced in late 1929 just as Wall Street crashed, the middle luxury car maker evaporated. Cord's Front Drive stayed in production until 1932, but only 5,010 were built and only a fraction, estimated at around 300 survive. The most practical of all Cord Front Drives was the four-door Brougham, a beautiful sedan with formal blind rear quarter passenger compartment and long, elegant hood that accented the Front Drive's sweeping front fenders with a close-coupled passenger compartment. Finished in green with dark green body accent, saffron coachline, wire wheels with chrome trim rings, dual side-mounted spares with chrome wraps and body color side enclosures mounted with mirrors and a separate luggage trunk, whitewall tires, a padded roof, this 1931 Cord Front Drive Brougham's sleek low roof body with glass windshield visors accents the Front Drive's sophisticated drivetrain and dropped chassis frame. Designated "Model B" on its chassis plate, this appears to be a highly original example that has never been completely disassembled. The beige and brown striped cloth upholstered seats appear to be restored but the door panels are probably original. The rear compartment has a robe rail, interior lights and a window shade for privacy. Sympathetically restored by a Cord Front Drive specialist, this is an exceptional example of the marque and model that stands proudly beside its more conventional designs of the era as an imaginative, sophisticated union of concept, engineering, design and rarity.

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