1937 Cord 812 Supercharged Phaeton
1937 Cord 810 Supercharged Sportsman
The graceful lines of the elegant Cord Phaeton were designed by Gordon Beuhrig, literally to be a “show stopper”. First introduced in the auto shows during the summer of 1936, the Cord was an instant success. This exquisite vehicle captured the media's attention and the imagination of history. In all, some 610 units of this exclusive automobile were built. At this time, in the history of the Cord, they were largely built by hand. Only 196 were equipped with super chargers.
Today these vehicles are produced at the Prototype Research & Development factory with the same meticulous attention to detail as at Cord Automobile Company. The frame is jig welded and all mechanical components are jig installed. This produces a full rolling chassis, which is then mated with a hand laminated, steel reinforced fiberglass body. The body has 12 coats of rubbed base clear to give a deep enduring finish. Specially selected rich leather touch material and the best of the Hartz convertible topping set off the vehicle interior while chromium plated bronze castings and stainless steel detail pieces complete the exterior.
From its inception, this vehicle has served an exclusive clientele. In the thirties it was the darling of the Hollywood set, to such actors as Clark Gable, Errol Flynn, and Al Jolson. Traditionally, Cords were owned by influential members of society such as doctors, business tycoons, and royalty. Today’s reproduction by Prototype Research & Development Ltd. preserves this tradition.