-  1937 Cord 812 Westchester Sedan RHD  -

This bold and exciting car (serial number 1577A) with iconic American styling has beautiful Westchester coachwork. It embraces the new principles in motor vehicle design which emerged in the 1930s, combining the greatest measure of comfort and safety, with impressive performance under all traffic conditions. It has a louvred ‘coffin’ nose, an absence of running boards, and is streamlined with spat-shaped wings. This innovative design quickly became influential in American car design.

The car has some unusual design features for its day, including front-wheel drive, independent front suspension, monocoque construction, and hydraulic brakes. The Lycoming V.8 engine and four-speed, pre-selector electro pneumatic gearbox are set further back in the chassis, enabling the car to produce 125 b.h.p.

1577A was originally purchased by a client in South Africa in 1937, for around £1,000 from Auburn Motor Company’s factory in Indiana. In 1976 it was sold to Mr Peter Laufer from Arthur Mechin’s estate, and was imported back to the UK. At this time the coachwork was painted its distinctive bright red, previously having been black and then white. In the late 1970s the car was loaned to the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, where it remained on static display until 2016.

This year the car has undergone significant mechanical work, particularly to the engine. It is up and running, and available to test-drive at any time, but we suspect that potential buyers may choose to embark upon improvements to bring the car to its full potential. These Cord cars were only manufactured by Auburn Motor Co. for a limited period of time, so are rare items. Moreover, 1577A is one of only four right hand drive Cords constructed, making it a worthy investment.

Price: £68,000