Full-classic 1937 Cord 810 Westchester in driver condition

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The Cord Westchester wears beautiful bodywork by Gordon Buehrig

If you had attended the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on Sunday, you might now be thinking hard about acquiring a full classic car. With all the amazing cars on the field restored to such a high level, that goal might seem unobtainable, considering their enormous values.

Still, there are a few undervalued cars in the full-classic category, cars that are affordable to mere mortals. They will likely not be 100-point restorations, but instead nice driver-level cars that are eligible for top concours events, or could be perfectly restored to Pebble Beach or Amelia Island, Florida, concours standards.

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The sedan is powered by a Lycoming V8 engine

The Pick of the Day is one of those cars, a 1937 Cord 810 Westchester that might be perfect but is still an exquisitely lovely classic automobile.

The car does have some small paint issues as well as some interior wear, according to the seller, a dealer in St. Louis, Missouri, advertising the Cord on ClassicCars.com. The sedan also is missing its windshield-wiper arms, and the fuel gauge is currently inoperable, the seller adds.

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The elegant profile of the full-classic Cord

This Cord is one of only 1,174 Cord 810 and 812 cars produced, and it is eligible for essentially any concours event in the country. These were very advanced cars in their day, using Lycoming V8 engines and front-wheel drive mated to a Bendix pre-selector gearbox.

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The styling, created by the legendary Gordon M. Buehrig, is one of the most iconic designs of the 1930’s, with the unique “coffin nose” front-end treatment being emblematic of the brand, although Buehrig reportedly hated that term.

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The handsome dashboard looks to be in good shape

A car like this would cost quite a bit to restore to concours condition, but the Cord 810 is a fantastic driving car and one that even in less-than-ideal condition will get loads of appreciative attention everywhere you take it.

And a special classic car like this could increase in value to such a point that spending the money on a top-tier restoration would make economic sense, and could be covered by the sale price whenever you decided to let it go.

With an asking price of just $54,900, this Cord could represent a relatively affordable step into the elegant world of full classic car ownership, sharing space with some of the most-exclusive vehicles in the world.

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

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Andy Reid's first car, purchased at age 15, was a 1968 Fiat 124 coupe. His second, obtained by spending his college savings fund, was a 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2. Since then, he has owned more than 150 cars—none of them normal or reasonable—as well as numerous classic motorcycles and scooters. A veteran of film, television, advertising and helping to launch a few Internet-based companies, Reid was a columnist for Classic Motorsports magazine for 12 years and has written for several other publications. He is considered an expert in European sports and luxury cars and is a respected concours judge. He lives in Canton, Connecticut.

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