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History of the Classic Cord
The Cord was a truly revolutionary automobile.
It was unlike anything made at the time. It featured front wheel
drive, disappearing headlamps, no running boards and no visible radiator.
It looked fast and it was. Supercharged models were guaranteed to
exceed 100 mph (a big deal in 1936).
In my opinion, the finest book on the history of the Cord is Josh
Malks's "Cord 810/812: The Timeless Classic". The
story of the development of the car is inspirational. It's a story
of risk taking, tight schedules and budgets and the teamwork needed to
get the job done. The web site is also suberb.
The Cord was in production for only two years - a victim
of the depression.
In time the company doors were closed and the assets sold off.
Glenn Pray of Broken Arrow Oklahoma ended up purchasing these assets and
in 1966 introduced a modern version of the timeless classic. The
Glenn Pray Cord was an 8/10th scaled version of the original. It
featured a novel ABS plastic body, and a six cylinder air cooled Corvair
engine with an optional turbocharger. Approximately 95 were made
before financial troubles halted production.
More information on the Glenn Pray Cords can be found
at the official web site:
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