Cord 812 SC Custom Beverly Sedan
Chief among changes to the coffin-nose Cord for 1937 was an optional Schwitzer-Cummins centrifugal supercharger that boosted rated output of the Lycoming V8 engine to 170 bhp. Most Cord authorities, however, estimate that the true output was closer to 185-195 bhp. Also new was a longer wheelbase sedan, the Custom Beverly, developed to provide greater legroom. The Custom Beverly entered production in November 1936, and factory documents indicate that cars were built to customer order. It was a sporting automobile intended for the well-to-do in search of a unique yet sporting motor car.
With an older body-up restoration, this supercharged Custom Beverly presents very nicely with good panel fit and lovely paint that is devoid of major defects. All of the brightwork is quite presentable, and the car is fitted with bumper-mounted Cord fog lights, which are in good condition.
The interior presents nicely as well, and any cosmetic defects are only visible upon closer examination. An auxiliary oil pressure gauge has been installed. The maroon cloth upholstery, in particular, is in good condition, as is the headliner. The engine compartment is generally of driver quality, but could easily be upgraded for concours display. An auxiliary electric cooling fan has been fitted to the radiator, making the car amenable to parade work as well as the open road.
Just eight percent of all coffin-nose Cords were Custom Beverly sedans, and only 141 of those were supercharged. This is a rare and very desirable model!
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in July of 2010 at the Shotwell Gustafson Pavilion at Meadow Brook Hall, Rochester, Michigan.
170 bhp, 288.6 cu. in. supercharged L-head V-8 engine with four-speed electric and vacuum preselector transmission, trailing arm front suspension with transverse leaf spring, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 132"
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Darin Schnabel