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February 4, 2023

Cord 810/812: One of the Best Cars Ever Made

The Cord 810, and later Cord 812, was a luxury automobile produced by the Cord Automobile division of the Auburn Automobile Company in 1936 and 1937. It was the first American-designed and built front wheel drive car with independent front suspension. It was preceded by Cord’s own 1929 Cord L-29, and the French 1934 Citro├źn Traction Avant front wheel drive cars, but the 810 / 812 was commercially less successful than these.

The Cord 810 and 812 were also the first production cars to feature hidden/pop-up headlights. Additionally, the radical new styling of its nose completely replaced the traditional radiator grille, in favor of horizontal louvers, that curved all around the sides of the nose, earning the car's styling the nickname of ‘coffin nose’.

The design of the Cord 810/812 remains one of the most distinctive of the 20th Century. Here is a set of beautiful photos of the Cord 810/812.












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