Today the Cord 810/812 still looks fresh, interesting, creative and elegant. Imagine how impressive it was over seventy years ago when it was new. There was, literally, nothing else on the market like it. Only the Chrysler Airflows came close to being as imaginative and aerodynamically effective as the Cord, but somehow Gordon Buehrig's design for the Cord harmonized with the market. Chrysler's Airflow fell flat. Only a very few Cord 810/812s were the attractive, sporting and practical Phaeton, coachwork that has become especially appreciated by today's collectors for its mix of style, top-down enjoyment and the practicality of room for four friends. This 1937 Cord 810 Phaeton (a 1936 810 model replated by the factory as a 1937 to facilitate sales) was restored in the mid-90's by a Cord specialist known for the quality of his work and the excellent drivability of the cars he restored. Finished in the period correct color of Cigarette Cream with Burgundy leather upholstery and a black cloth top, it was displayed at the A-C-D Festival after the restoration was completed and has been driven with pride and carefully maintained by the same owner since the restoration was completed. It is fitted with burgundy steel wheels, full hubcaps, Goodyear wide whitewall tires, radio and heater. When it was restored everything was done right and to factory specifications and finishes, backed up by a large file of restoration receipts. The caliber of the restoration is apparent in how well it has stood up for almost twenty years, and it is a car its next owner can count on to make a positive impression on friends, judges, A-C-D enthusiasts and onlookers in general.
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