1936 Cord 810
1936 Cord 810
$199,900

1936 Cord 810

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ACD Certified Category 1. Serial number 2387F, Engine FC3131, Unit 1387, Body C92 131, Supercharger V 1283. Formerly owned by ACD president Paul Bryant. Older restoration with brand new top and radials. Rare Cord thats wonderful for touring. Yes, we know there were no supercharged Cords in 1936-this one apparently had the supercharger and attendant side pipes installed sometime in the 1950s. It did not stop it from being certified by the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Club, as it still has its original driveline and bodywork. We dont believe it has ever been disassembled for a full restoration, as the underside is pretty original and a bit grungy. It was probably painted in the 1970s, the interior is quite a bit newer, and the tan canvas top is brand new, installed at significant expense by noted trimmer Ralph Farinacci (its so new we didnt want to risk folding it for photos). The paint is a wonderful shade of burgundy that suits the sporting Sportsman just fine, and even though its probably 50 years old it still has a nice shine to it. Theres some checking and a few touch-ups, but nothing that detracts from the spectacular look of the sleek Cord. Doors fit well, the clamshell hood opens and closes properly, and it has that intangible feeling of quality that only cars that have never been disassembled can offer. Theres not a lot of chrome on an 810, but the brightwork that is in place remains in overall very good condition with no notable issues. Even the side pipes are correct pieces and really add to the sporty look of Cords 2-seat convertible. From any angle, this is a gorgeous car. We believe the tan leather interior is more recent than the paint work, offering extremely clean hides, correct brown carpets for contrast, and pleated door panels that are authentically styled. A big 3-spoke steering wheel with horn ring makes the front-wheel-drive Cord surprisingly easy to handle and the engine-turned dash is probably the most beautiful instrument panel of the 1930s. The critical gauges are operational-speedo, tach, oil pressure, ammeter, fuel gauge (although we dont trust its accuracy), with the liquid-filled temperature gauge being offline. The radio head is missing, sent out for rebuilding and misplaced by the rebuilder but we are in search of a replacement, but the rest of the hardware is in beautiful condition. Of course theres the delicate pre-selector transmission lever on the side of the steering column and if youre a first-time Cord driver itll take some acclimation, but the overall system is pretty easy to use. Twin cranks on the ends of the dashboard operate the pop-up headlights and each seat is adjustable independently so anyone can get comfortable in the Cord. Theres also a battery cut-off switch at the base of the drivers seat (the battery is right underneath the seat), which is always a good idea. Theres a bit of storage behind the seat, including the spare tire, as well as access to the nicely upholstered trunk, which is big enough for all your overnight bags on a long tour. Cords 288 cubic inch V8 is not a finicky engine and this one starts quickly and easily and idles nicely even when its cold. The Startix system has been disabled and theres a simply pushbutton under the dash, making starting the engine a simple procedure-turn the key, press the button, go. The supercharger was reportedly installed in the 1950s and probably adds a few horsepower because this Cord is pretty peppy on the road. Theres nice low-end torque to get it off the line and thanks to the well-chosen gears in the transmission, its a comfortable 65 MPH cruiser. Thanks to a recent service, this one isnt finicky at all and drives quite well once youve mastered the pre-select part of the transmission operation. Like all Cords, there are a few quirks (like a fourth gear that doesnt show up until everything is fully warmed up) but we have no real complaints about how this one goes down the road. And like many of its siblings, the more you use it, the better it will get-keeping all those solenoids and relays and actuators limber and moving is critical to keeping a Cord healthy. Drive it! Braking is confident with 4-wheel drums, and as I mentioned, the steering is quite light despite all the weight being over the front wheels. The underside is a bit grungy but shows no rust or rot or other structural issues, and if this were our car to keep, wed leave it alone-perfection means you wont drive it. Instead, this one is always ready to hit the road and doesnt sweat the small stuff. Theres an electric fuel pump thats surely part of why this one is so easy to start, and a newer muffler gives it a nice V8 burble that we find very appealing. Finally, new 225/75/16 Diamondback wide whitewall radials have just been installed and they look and handle fantastic. Documentation includes certification booklets from the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Club documenting the cars status across several decades of enjoyment. We just watched another Sportsman sell at the ACD Labor Day Festival for nearly $400,000 and were not surprised. Its easily the most dramatic car of the 1930s and the ground-breaking technology makes it a great choice for the vintage tech fan. Add in the best road manners of any pre-war American car and fantastic club support, and you have an A-list celebrity thats probably worth every penny. This car has lived its life with experienced collectors, including a former ACD Club president, making it a nicely-sorted driver thats ready to tour anywhere. Call today! Harwood Motors always recommends and welcomes personal or professional inspections of any vehicle in our inventory prior to purchase.

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Vehicle Specifications

  • VIN
    2387F
  • Classic Car ID
    101942455
  • Stock Number
    120080
  • Category
    Antiques
  • Body Style
    N/A
  • New/Used
    Used
  • Mileage
    12,735 miles
  • Engine
    N/A
  • Transmission
    Manual
  • Exterior Color
    Burgundy
  • Interior Color
    Tan leather
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