Cord Supercharged 812 Beverly Sedan

After trying to manufacture and market a front-wheel drive car with his 1929-30 L-29 model, Errett Lobban Cord tried again in 1935. Retaining front-wheel drive, his new 810 model was powered by a V-8 engine, driving through a four-speed electrically-shifted preselector transmission. The body, designed by Gordon Buehrig, was a thing of beauty. Its blunt louvered hood gave rise to the nickname “coffin nose,” always a term of endearment. Its reception at the November 1935 New York Auto Show was enthusiastic, and orders poured in. 

There were four body styles, two of them sedans and two open cars, a two-passenger Convertible Coupe and five-passenger Convertible Phaeton Sedan. Least expensive was the five-passenger Westchester Sedan. A four-passenger Beverly Sedan had a more luxurious interior that included an outsized arm rest in the back seat, akin to armchair seating.

Chief among changes to the coffin-nose Cord for 1937 was an optional Schwitzer-Cummins centrifugal supercharger that boosted rated output of the Lycoming V-8 engine to 170 bhp. Most Cord authorities, however, estimate that the true output was more like 186-195 bhp. The car was now designated 812, and a longer wheelbase sedan, the Custom Beverly, was developed to provide greater legroom.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in July of 2011 at The Inn at St. John's, Plymouth, Michigan.

170 bhp, 288.6 cu. in. supercharged L-head V-8 engine, four-speed preselector transmission, trailing arm front suspension with transverse leaf spring, tubular rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 125"

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Aaron Summerfield

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