1937 Cord 812 Beverly Sedan

Gordon Buehrig originally conceived the brilliant Cord 810/812 as a “baby Duesenberg” that would carry E.L. Cord’s renowned flagship brand beyond the 1930s. But a faltering economy led to Duesenberg’s demise, so E.L. Cord instead utilized the design to revive his eponymous car company. The highly advanced Cord 810 and 812 were years ahead of their time, featuring semi-monocoque construction, front-wheel drive, and a pre-select gearbox. However, it was the styling that truly set it apart. The fascinating, unconventional shape eschewed contemporary norms such as running boards and upright chrome radiator shells. Buehrig’s Cord featured curvaceous, aerodynamic fenders with hideaway headlights, slab-sided bodywork with hidden running boards, and the distinct coffin-shaped hood with wraparound “grille” slats. It is widely recognized as one of the most significant works in automobile design history and a timeless American motoring icon.

Cord offered the 810 and 812 series in various open and closed body styles, ranging from the sporty two-seat Sportsman convertible to the luxurious long-wheelbase Custom Berline. This 1937 Cord 812 is a superb example of the elegant Beverly Sedan and is one of the best we’ve have had the pleasure to offer. Finished in a gorgeous shade of dark blue over blue leather trim, this 812 wears a lovingly-maintained, high-quality restoration, and is an ACD Club #1 Certified car. It has known history back to the 1950s and has been in the care of one passionate owner for over twenty years. It was in their hands that it received its high-quality restoration, and ever since, it has been lovingly maintained and enjoyed in ACD Club and other concours events. The restoration has mellowed slightly with time and use yet remains in superb condition overall with a crisp and highly attractive character.

Beautiful dark blue paintwork complements the Beverly sedan’s sophisticated, elegant profile. The finish quality is excellent, applied to straight panels with even, consistent gaps. Gordon Buehrig used brightwork purely to accent the form, with chrome appearing only on the bumpers, grille trim, windscreen surround, wheels, and minor hardware. This car wears excellent chrome plating all around, with lovely straight bumpers, and correct full wheel covers.

The luxurious cabin is trimmed in beautiful dark blue leather with gray piping and accents. Seats and door panels feature correct patterns and stitching; all finished to a high standard. Some light creasing is visible on the driver’s seat, consistent with the car’s history of on-road enjoyment. Dark blue carpets bound in gray were selected to complement the leather and are in superb order in the front and rear. The owners chose a distinct and beautiful matching blue leather headlining, which provides a striking finishing touch to the luxurious cabin. All Cord 812s feature the beautiful engine-turned alloy instrument panel, which looks particularly stunning against this car’s dark blue dash and French gray steering wheel. The instruments and switches all appear in good order, and even the original radio works as it should. The delicate H-pattern shifter operates the pre-select gearbox with a satisfying mechanical click through the miniaturized gate.

The Lycoming-supplied L-head V8 engine presents in excellent condition and is properly detailed with the correct clamps, hardware, wiring, and paint finishes. The engine bay is neat and orderly, displaying a light patina that is appropriate for a car that has been driven and enjoyed. It runs and drives very well, and the history file includes meticulous documentation of nearly every service and maintenance task performed since the restoration.

We rarely encounter Beverly Sedans so well restored and lovingly maintained. This outstanding example is sure to bring much joy to its next caretaker, much as it has for the past twenty years.


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