1936 Cord 810 Cabriolet Convertible
Engine: Lycoming V-8
Displacement: 288 Cubic Inches
Horsepower: 125 BHP
Cost New: $2,195
When the Cord 810 made its debut at the 1935 New York Auto Show, it picked up the nickname "Baby Duesenberg." Designed by Gordon, Buehrig, the new 810 Cord was an instant sensation as the car of the future. Powered by a 125 BHP V-8 Lycoming engine, (175 BHP with the supercharger), the new Cord was sleek, fast, and cutting edge. It was so low to the ground that it did not need running boards and the headlights were concealed in the pontoon front fenders. With little chrome, the car was like nothing else on the road. The new Cord used front-wheel drive and a pre-select gear transmission. To operate, you would choose the gear and then press and release the clutch. Tucker would later use the same transmission in his cars. 1930 was the last full production year for the Auburn, Cord, Duesenberg Company. E.L. Cord, under investigation by the IRS. and S.E.C, sold off what was left of the company in 1937. The 1930 Cord is recognized as one of the greatest cars ever made. The Museum of Modern Art named the 810 Cord as one of the ten most significant cars of the 20th century. The cord became a favority of Hollywood, with renowned western star Tom Mix dying in a fatal accident while driving a car like this one.