‘Magnificent’ 1929 Cord L-29

The Pick of the Day is a stunning pre-war classic that looks like it just drove out of a Clive Cussler novel

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The Cord L-29 is a full classic that features front-wheel drive.

Most of you have heard by now that famed author, adventurer and car collector Clive Cussler passed away last week. I had the honor of being his friend for the past 20 years, and as a tribute to him, the Pick of the Day is one of his favorite classic cars, as well as that of his character Dirk Pitt: a 1929 Cord L-29 cabriolet.

An L-29 was the automotive star of Cussler’s book Treasure. He described the Cord as “Magnificent. Big and sleek, a thing of beauty that belonged to an era revered by older generations.” The Cord is all of that and so much more.

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According to the seller, this L-29 started out life as a sedan but was sent back to Cord in period to have its body replaced with this fabulous cabriolet coachwork.

The Cord was one of the finest cars in the world when new, the equal of the best cars in the world. It was considered to be highly innovative, one of the world’s first cars with front-wheel drive.

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This car was completely restored in 2019 with dark blue paint with silver beige accents, according to the Sarasota, Florida, dealer advertising the car on ClassicCars.com. The mechanical part of the restoration of this L-29 was handled by Auburn, Cord, Duesenberg club president Bill Bicknell.

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The car still has its original engine and chassis, and it is ready for any concours d’elegance in the world, the seller says.

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This Cord was recently purchased from a 29-year owner, the seller notes, and looks to be in absolutely spectacular condition.

The restoration of a full classic like this L-29 Cord can run many hundreds of thousands of dollars, which means that unless you are amazingly skilled at restorations, you should always buy a car like this that has already been restored.

The asking price of this L-29 is $269,900 and could be a perfect candidate to take on the concours circuit this year, everywhere from Greenwich and Hilton Head, to Amelia Island and Pebble Beach.

So take a long look at this stunning automobile. It truly is, as Dirk Pitt would say, “Magnificent.”

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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  1. Stunning is the right adjective to describe this car. I have long thought that the demise of EL Cord’s automobile company was one of the biggest tragedies of the Great Depression.

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