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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Rare Supercharged Cord at Russo and Steel’s Monterey Auction


1937 Cord 812 Supercharged Phaeton
Courtesy of Russo and Steele

I love cars from the Thirties, so when I saw this one featured on Russo and Steele’s website, 
I knew I had to cover it. It’s a 1937 Cord 812 Supercharged Phaeton, and has been certified by the Auburn – Cord – Duesenberg Club as an original. The Cords are interesting not just because of their style, but because they were front wheel drive.

1937 Cord 812 Supercharged Phaeton
Courtesy of Russo and Steele
According to the folks at Russo and Steele the 810 and 812 Cord models with their “coffin noses” were based on a design by Gordon Buehrig, also known for the Auburn boattail speedster. The design was originally supposed to be for a small Duesenberg, but became a Cord instead. Wikipedia says this particular design was recognized by the Museum of Modern Art.

Not only is the car stylish, it’s also rare. 1937 is the year Auburn (Cord’s parent company) filed for bankruptcy. Only 1,146 Cord 812s were built, and of those, only 688 were supercharged. Russo and Steele say the supercharged version was the fastest American production car at the time. Both gorgeous and fast, but too expensive for the market of its day.

The Monterey auction will run from August 16 to 18.
1937 Cord 812 Supercharged Phaeton
Courtesy of Russo and Steele


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