1937 Cord 812
Production of the Cord 812 ended in August 1937. This brought to an end the 35 year existence of the Auburn Automobile Company. E.L. Cord knew this was to be his last chance to obtain a new 812 before it disappeared into automotive history. Cord requested Lucius B. Manning, president of the Cord Corporation, to obtain one of his namesakes for Cord’s own use. According to Cord’s grandson, this particular Cord 812 Supercharged Beverly had been returned to the factory for repair and was unsold at the time of the Connersville, Indiana, assembly line shut down. It was immediately shipped to Mr. Cord’s Beverly Hills residence, Cordhaven, and used as his personal vehicle. It remained in the family until it’s donation to the museum in 2007.
It is often the misperception that a Cord Beverly is distinguished by the bustle trunk. A Beverly was determined by the arm-rest mounted on both front and rear seats, whether fixed or fold-down.
It has a wheelbase of 125 inches. Weighs 3,927 lbs.
Upholstery and interior
L-head, supercharged, cast-iron block, aluminum cylinder heads.