Cord L-29 Convertible Sedan
The all-new front-wheel drive Cord made its spectacular introduction in 1929, only months ahead of the highly anticipated new Ruxton. Success at the Indianapolis 500 by front-wheel drive racecars led to a growing fascination of this system. Cord hired famed engineers Harry Miller and Cornelius Van Ranst, as well as driver Leon Duray, to consult in the Cord’s drivetrain that would be fitted in Herb Snow’s new X-frame chassis. The new low-slung frame combined with front-wheel drive allowed for a more dashing overall look, being a mere 58 inches high. In comparison, most of the Cord’s competition sat about 10 inches taller due to being rear-wheel drive.
The large headlamps, gleaming brightwork and grand stature provide this Cord with a road presence rarely seen today. The beltline styling was borrowed from a custom body designed by Hibbard & Darrin that E.L. Cord had ordered to be copied on his phaeton-sedan and cabriolet/convertible sedan models. Perhaps most notably, the Cord L-29 phaeton-sedan won the first “Grand Prix” in the Concours d’Elegance competition in Cannes, France.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2012 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona.
125 bhp, 298 cu. in. side valve inline eight-cylinder engine, front-wheel drive, three-speed transmission, quarter-elliptic front leaf springs at the front with rear semi-elliptic leaf springs and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 137.5"
Source: RM Auctions