1940's DREAM CAR

The Envy of all boys....

1930 Cord L-29 Cabriolet

The Cord L-29—the first front-wheel-drive automobile sold in the American market. A Lycoming straight-eight engine, modified to drive a front-mounted transaxle assembly, provided power. The price for the L-29 was $3000 (about $42,000 in today’s dollars). The L-29 was available in four body styles: sedan, brougham (a formal sedan with a padded top, often driven by a chauffeur), convertible sedan, and convertible coupe.

1937 Cord 812 Cabriolet

The Cord Corporation founded by Errett Lobban Cord (1894-1974). Other transportation entities included in the Cord Corporation were Stinson Aircraft, Checker Cab and American Airways which later became American Airlines.


Long and low, the front-wheel-drive Cord 810 had a conventional radiator but retained Buehrig’s concealed headlamps and blunt “coffin nose” front end with wraparound horizontal bars. Under the hood was a 125-horsepower Lycoming V-8 mated to a four-speed gearbox actuated by a Bendix Electric Hand shifter.