1937 Cord 812 Convertible

Summary

The 1937 Cord's swooping fenders, sweeping horizontal radiator grille, and hidden headlights were unlike anything else on American highways. And although it wasn't the first, Cord was the only front-wheel-drive production car available in America for the next three decades.

The 1937 Cord's swooping fenders, sweeping horizontal radiator grille, and hidden headlights were unlike anything else on American highways. And although it wasn't the first, Cord was the only front-wheel-drive production car available in America for the next three decades.

Artifact

Automobile

Date Made

1937

Creators

Auburn Automobile Company 

Buehrig, Gordon M., 1904-1990 

Place of Creation

United States, Indiana, Auburn 

Creator Notes

Manufactured by Auburn Automobile Company in Auburn, Indiana; designed by Gordon M. Buehrig.

Driving America
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Driving America

Object ID

57.25.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Lawrence Lowell Reeve.

Material

Steel (Alloy)
Metal
Glass (Material)
Canvas
Leather
Rubber (Material)

Color

Black (Color)
Red

Dimensions

Height: 58 in

Width: 73 in

Length: 195 in

Wheelbase: 136.5 in

Inscriptions

On plate: CORD FRONT-WHEEL DRIVE. / MODEL 812 / SERIAL NO. 1507 H / ENGINE NO. F. B. 1967 / GIVE THESE / NUMBERS WHEN / WRITING OR / ORDERING PARTS. / MFG. BY AUBURN AUTO CO. / AUBURN, IN. USA UNDER US PAT. / DESIGN PAT. NO. 97.697-DEC. 3, 1935 / DESIGN PAT. NO. 99.973-JUNE 9, 1936 On another plate: CENTRAL / MFG. CO. / c 91 419

Specifications

Make & Model: 1937 Cord 812 convertible

Maker: Auburn Automobile Company, Auburn, Indiana

Engine: V-8, L-head valves, 289 cubic inches

Transmission: 4-speed manual

Height: 58 inches

Wheelbase: 125 inches

Width: 73 inches

Overall length: 195.5 inches

Weight: 3863 pounds

Horsepower: 125 at 3500 revolutions per minutes

Pounds per horsepower: 30.9

Price: $2,645

Average 1937 wage: $1,259 per year

Time you'd work to buy this car: about 2 years, 1 month

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