- The 810 model was considered the best looking car at the 1935 New York Automobile Show.
- It was designed by famous stylist Gordon Buehrig with hidden headlights, rear hinged “alligator-style” hood, no visible radiator (a coffin-nose design) and no running boards.
- It has front-wheel drive.
In 1929, Errett Lobban Cord incorporated the Cord Corporation which included Auburn and Duesenberg cars, various bodybuilding companies, Lycoming engines and Stinson aircraft. To this he added a radical new design of car, the front wheel-drive Cord L-29. Front-wheel drive wasn’t new. Cugnot’s steam-driven tricycle was pulled by its single front wheel when it ran in Paris in 1769; J. Walter Christie patented his front-wheel drive in 1904; and in 1925 the Miller race car had front-wheel drive. The L-29 was, however, the first American front-wheel drive car to go into serious production. More than 3,000 L-29s were made before production ceased in 1931.
Cord next produced the front-wheel drive Model 810 designed by Gordon Buehrig with disappearing headlights, no running boards, “alligator” style hood opening and “coffin nose” front end styling. The Model 810 was considered the best looking car at the 1935 New York Automobile Show. Despite many orders at the show, the 810 did not go into production until February 1936, by which time many customers had become impatient and cancelled their orders. This fact, combined with problems with the transmission and overheating, dampened Model 810 sales and only 1,174 were built in 1936. A longer wheelbase and a chauffeur’s division were offered in 1937, together with an optional supercharger on 810 and 812 models. Only 1,146 1937 Cords were sold before production ceased.