Highlights

  • Lycoming 299/125 HP side-valve Straight Eight engine
  • 3-speed manual transmission
  • Wagner Lockheed hydraulic brakes
  • Engraved door handles
  • Firewall-mounted sidelights
  • Dual side mount spares
  • Chromed mesh grille
  • Chrome wire wheels
  • Golf club compartment
  • Luggage rack
  • A 10% buyer premium applies

Story

The new Cord Front-Drive, introduced in the summer of 1929, would decades later become known by enthusiasts as the L29 Cord. With its concept by E.L. Cord, its engineering by Harry Miller and Cornelius Van Ranst, and its low and rakish styling by Alan Leamy, the Cord was an instant success at every level. This restored L29 Cabriolet is built on the standard 137.5-inch wheelbase X-braced chassis and rolls on 18-inch, chrome-plated, steel-spoke wheels mounted with 7.00-18 wide, dual-sided, white sidewall tires, including twin fender-mounted spares. Stopping is provided by 12-inch, drum-type Wagner-Lockheed hydraulic brakes all around. The engine here is a Lycoming-built 298.6 CI L-head inline-8 that produces 125 HP through a single Schebler updraft carburetor. The front-drive power unit includes a 3-speed manual transmission shifted by a lever protruding through the instrument panel.

At $3,295, the Cabriolet was the most expensive of the four models offered, and its sporty design made it one of the most popular. This Cabriolet is finished in deep black with spectacular red moldings. The rear fuel tank cover and the undersides of the fenders are also finished in bright red. A rear-mounted, folding luggage rack provides space for an accessory trunk, while a storage compartment on the right side of the body is perfect for carrying golf clubs or other items. Engraved door handles operate the rear-hinged doors.

Unique Cord chrome bumpers fill out the front and rear views, while the brightwork carries over to the chrome-plated vertical windshield that sits behind bright cowl-mounted side lights and supports the front of the black cloth convertible top. The chrome-plated radiator shell sits between the large, chrome headlights, is protected by a mesh stone guard and surrounds the round front differential cover with its distinctive Cord badge. The interior of this Cord is trimmed in bright red leather with matching red, wool carpeting. The instrument panel background is gloss black with bright individual panels in front of the driver and black steering wheel. The Auburn-Cord Duesenberg Club motto is “For those who have never relished the commonplace,” and this L29 Cabriolet epitomizes that in every way.

Arrangements to purchase this vehicle can be made by contacting Dana Mecum directly or through Mecum representative Rob Williams by phone or text at (262) 236-7705 or by email at rwilliams@mecum.com.