1937 Cord 812 Supercharged Phaeton

1937 Cord 812 Supercharged Phaeton

1937 Cord 812 Supercharged Phaeton

If there is one thing that the Cord automobile will always be remembered for, it is the stylish design. This is especially true of the 1937 Cord 812 Supercharged Phaeton. The supercharger was an optional election for the automobile that heightened the company’s notability. Unfortunately it was not enough to keep the company operational. The Phaeton is a symbol of elegance and performance that would be a valuable piece to anyone’s collection of American automobiles.

What the 1937 Cord 812 offered is a centrifugal supercharger by Schwitzer-Cummins which attached to a Lycoming L-head V8 engine. In its prime the bhp rated between 185 – 195 and performance tested at an average of 101 mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats over a 24 hour period. Given that the automotive industry was still in its infancy at the time, this is an impressive number.

Other notable features of the 812 Supercharged Phaeton by Cord is the independent front suspension companioned with a rear live axel with semi-elliptic leaf springs. The curb weight of this beauty comes in at 4000 pounds, and despite the early misgivings with the placement of a bespoke transmission, a number of 812s were manufactured. The car was reintroduced in 1940 by Hupmobile and Graham-Paige. This still proved to be an unsuccessful venture, but the car is a prize for collectors fortunate to have it on their floor.

1937 Cord 812 Supercharged Phaeton Pictures

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1935 Hispano-Suiza K6 Cabriolet

1935 Hispano-Suiza K6 Cabriolet

The 1935 Hispano-Suiza K6 Cabriolet is also known simply as K6. It is a luxury, pre-war touring car with a convertible top that falls under the category of limousine/roadster. It was manufactured by Hispano-Suiza, a company headquartered in Barcelona, Spain, and designed by a coachbuilder by the name of Carrosserie Brandone.

The 1935 Hispano-Suiza K6 Cabriolet comes from a time when cars had hood ornaments, shiny trim and featured running boards. The K6 has a large hood ornament that is fashioned as a flying stork. It has 24 carat gold plate accent trim as well as other exterior trim of German silver. Back in the 1930s, this car was one that only the wealthiest people in society could afford.

There is a 5,184 cc overhead valve, inline 6-cylinder, 110-millimeter stroke engine under the hood of the 1935 Hispano-Suiza K6 Cabriolet. This is a vehicle that weighs about 3,968 pounds is 16.08 feet long and approximately 6.135 feet wide, but despite its large size, it will easily attain a top speed of about 87 miles per hour, partly due to its 120 horsepower engine. Some of the other features of the car are the dual ignition system, 3-speed manual transmission, front and rear solid axle suspension with semi-elliptic leaf springs, mechanical brake drums, that are servo-assisted, on all four wheels and power-assisted steering.

The sophisticated, 1935 Hispano-Suiza K6 Cabriolet has won several awards including the Grand Prix d’Honneur, in 1936, for the best French coachwork at the Cannes Cononurs d’Elegance, a two-time Alec Ulmann Trophy winner and was a finalist for the Best of Show award at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in 2008.

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1939 Bugatti Type 64 Coupe

Bugatti Type 64

To have a vision about a stunning vehicle is the seeding of dreams. Automotive visionary Jean Bugatti designed the 1939 Bugatti Type 64 Coupe which almost never was. 73 years after Mr. Bugatti’s vision, it has finally come to fruition. This stunning vehicle was worth the wait! The 1939 Type 64 Coupe features the coachwork that signified the Bugatti line, and adds some new enhancements while maintaining classic elegance.

Originally there were three 1939 Type 64 Coupes slated to be built. However, only one model was fully completed until recently due to the unexpected death of designer Jean Bugatti. The other two had the framing, but no coachwork had begun. The Type 64 was envisioned to be the successor to the infamous Bugatti Type 57 of the mid to late thirties.

Now, thanks to some innovative creativity by forces behind the Mullin Automotive Museum of Oxnard, California, the world will again have the opportunity to see the beauty of dynamic engineering. The new coachwork was handled by Stewart Reed Design of Pasadena.

The Bugatti Type 64 is utilizing a gullwing design that has the look and feel of automotive yesteryear. Many of the sketches of Jean Bugatti were used in the completed design. Forward thinking of an automotive genius taken in his prime may well have catapulted the automobile industry even more than we have seen thus far.

From a performance standpoint, use of a straight eight engine with dual overhead cam and two valves gives this beauty a quick speed of its day with 170 horsepower. This is not a bad performance report for a car of the day.

Other features of the Type 64 Coupe include semi elliptical spring front suspension with an inverted quarter spring rear suspension. Cable drum brakes help to slow this baby down when she gets rolling. The sheer elegance of design and presentation make this car one to remember.

Bugatti Type 64 Top View

The Papillion doors and riveted body design is a classic example of automotive excellence that will never be outdated. Though completed almost a century after it was a vision in one man’s mind, the Bugatti Type 64 coupe is proving to be every bit of automotive legacy had it reached its full potential then.

Automobile connoisseurs have to be pleased with the efforts being made to complete a project that began back before World War II. The design team is certainly not taking any shortcuts and are expending every effort to be sure that the Bugatti legacy is honored in all manners possible. After a brief stay at the Quail in Carmel, California – this masterpiece will be on display at the Mullin Museum in Oxnard, California beginning in the fall.

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