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First To FWD: 1936 Cord Westchester

1936 Cord Westchester

Cord may have been the first American manufacturer to produce a front wheel drive car (the L-29), but I have a feeling that despite their innovations, the company is best remembered today for the styling of the 810. It was a sleek machine with its pop-up headlights and a coffin shaped hood. The lines swept back just a bit more than other American cars at the time so I’m sure it look quite futuristic. Under the skin they actually were futuristic with a V8 engine feeding the front wheels. Little did the world know that front wheel drive would eventually become the standard for most production cars. This particular project has many issues and someone was a little zealous with the primer, but there’s reason to get excited anytime a Cord comes to market. Supposedly this one was also once owned by the Ford Motor Company. There’s no title to prove it, but there is a bill of sale from 1959. Find it here on eBay out of New Baltimore, Michigan.


  1. Rich

    This guy really likes primer!!! All kidding aside. looks like a great starting point for a project. Nice pics of all of the trouble spots too.

  2. Ed P

    This looks like an excellent restoration car. The location of the exhaust manifold is unusual, but must have offered some breathing advantage to a flat head v8.

  3. Will

    The primer is very likely hiding a lot of rust. There are holes in the rear. Behind and in front of both wheels. The rear is riddled with holes. There is quite a bit of metal needing replaced. I wouldn’t buy it without seeing frame pics.

  4. pontiactivist

    This one looks better than the one I found last fall in meadville pa.was the first one I ever saw in person. Somewhere in the family photo album there is a pic of my grandfather in his 37 conv. He sold his in the 50’s and it got totalled a week later.

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