This 1936 Cord 810 Sportsman Convertible is a beautifully restored, concours award-winning example with southern history. Established in 1929, the Cord Corporation, was the namesake holding company for Errett Lobban E.L. Cords automotive ventures, including his shares in the Auburn Automobile Co. and Dusenberg, Inc., and the Lycoming Mfg. Co. among others. Shortly after the establishment of the Cord Corporation, the company began producing its first automobile in June 1929 with the Cord nameplate, the Cord L-29. While the Cord L-29 was and continues to be lauded for its gorgeous stance and appearance, the timing for its release could not have been worse. With the onset of the Great Depression starting in late 1929 and then continuing into 1930 and beyond, Cord production ceased in the end of 1931 and the remaining 157 models in stock were sold off at 1932 models. By the mid-1930s the economy began to recover and Cord reintroduced its novel front-wheel-drive automobiles, only this time sporting a new, distinctive Coffin Nose design. Styled by Gordon Buehrig, the new Coffin Nose Cord 810 models were essentially designed to be the Baby Duesenberg. Not only did the 1936 Cord 810s feature famous new styling, they are also renowned for a number of revolutionary updates automobile design including front wheel drive, semi-automatic transmissions, hide-away convertible tops, and roll up headlights. Touted in advertising materials as a car that always goes where it is pointed, the front wheel drive design of the 810 Cord also allowed for a lower ride height, which eliminated the need for running boards. Another innovation for Cord in 1936 was the introduction of a semi-automatic transmission that utilized a remote-controlled pre-selector shifter that is set into the desired gear on the dash and then when the clutch is depressed the transmission shifts into the selected gear. Not only did this unique transmission design make for a roomier drivers compartment, it also paved the way for the true automatic transmissions that rose in popularity in the 50s and now dominate in automobiles today. Despite their ingenuity, financial issues finally put a halt on Cords production in August 1937, with the company producing a mere 2,992 810 and 812 models during its short run from 1936-1937. This particular example spent its most recent years in several prominent collections and was awarded Best in Class and Best in Show awards at a concours event several years ago. Powering this 36 Cord Sportsman is a 288.64 Cubic Inch Lycoming V8 engine fed by a single 2 barrel carburetor that together were said to have created 125 horsepower when new. The 289 Lycoming V8 is mated to a 4 speed manual transaxle that is shifted via a novel for 1936 dash-mounted remote control shifter where the driver selects their desired gear, then depresses the clutch pedal and the car shifts into that gear. Exhaust exits this Cords impressive powerplant via a single chrome-tipped exhaust port. Driving power is sent from the Lycoming V8 and transaxle to the front wheels making this Cord Convertible a front wheel drive vehicle. This 1936 Cord 810 rides on a set of wide whitewall bias-ply tires mounted on steel wheels and they are accented with a set of full wheelcovers, which together give this convertible a truly upscale look. The exterior chrome and brightwork on this 1936 Sportsman is gorgeous and helps an already stand-out car further stand out in a crowd. The black cloth convertible top is in wonderful condition as well and, like virtually every car of the pre-war era, is manually operated. Another novelty of this 1936 Cord Convertible are the retractable headlights that can be raised for nighttime driving or lowered flush into the fenders during the day. The exterior on this 36 Cord 810 has been refinished in a beautiful Rich Maroon paint that completes the fantastic exterior appearance of the CCCA Full Classic. The interior on this 1936 Cord 810 Sportsman is absolutely stunning! The bench seat has been reupholstered in beautiful black leather that provides a nice contrast with the rest of the car. The matching upholstered door panels and armrests, black carpeting, color-matched painted dash with its engine-turned instrument panel, and steering wheel are all in fantastic condition as well and appear to be in their stock configuration. The instrument cluster features an impressive collection of important instrumentation including a 150 MPH speedometer, 5,000 RPM tachometer, oil pressure gauge, temperature gauge, amp gauge, and fuel gauge, along with an AM radio and full-size clock. The dash is finished with a pair of locking gloveboxes that straddle the instrument panel. Whether youre buying your first full classic car or youre an established ACD or CCCA collector, this 1936 Cord 810 Sportsman Convertible would make an excellent choice. Give Ellingsons a call today at 763-428-7337!