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1936 Cord 810 Phaeton


1936 Cord 810 Phaeton once was part of O'Quinn collection
1936 Cord 810 Phaeton once was part of O’Quinn collection

So you want to take in the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival in northeastern Indiana over the Labor Day weekend but have nothing in your garage that is a fitting vehicle? Don’t worry, Bunkie, the Pick of the Day is a fully restored 1936 Cord 810 Phaeton that’s ready and waiting for you.

According to the ad placed on ClassicCars.com by the private seller, this isn’t just any ’36 Cord Phaeton but one that formerly was part of the John O’Quinn collection. (For any of you who might be new to the collector car hobby world, O’Quinn was the Texas lawyer who led the fight against the tobacco companies a few years ago, and who used part of his share of the cash to build one of the country’s best car collections before his death.)

The seller reports that the car is one of some 600 convertible phaeton sedans built during the 810’s two-year production run. The Cord features landmark styling by industrial designer Gordon Buehrig, including its “coffin-nose” hood, hidden headlamps and absence of running boards.






And it has front-wheel drive, which contributes to the car’s low-slung design and engineering aesthetics.

The car has undergone a complete restoration, the seller says, and is fitted with external exhaust.

“The paintwork is excellent, finished in cigarette cream (yellow),” the advertisement notes. “The chrome and brightwork are in excellent condition as well as the top.

“The maroon leather interior is in great shape with minor evidence of use. The rear seats are new, the carpets are in great shape. The dash and gauges were all new and all work.”

The car has been driven only 319 miles since the restoration, the seller notes, adding that the car is a Classic Car Club of American full classic and is ready for touring.

The ad points out that the eight-cylinder engine is not supercharged, as some Cord 810 engines were. “With the 4 speed pre-selector transmission, it is very interesting to operate.”

The car is located in East Islip, New York. The asking price is $149,000, or best offer.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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