History of the Classic Cord
Why I built my own Cord
Engineering and Design
Body Construction 1
Body Construction 2
Chassis - Frame and Suspension 1
Chassis - Frame and Suspension 2
Designed and Fabricated Parts 1
Designed and Fabricated Parts 2
Engineering Changes
Final Modifications

Final Details
MN Registration
The World Debut
More Misadventures

Final Recommendations
Glam Shots

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History of the Classic Cord

   The Cord was a truly revolutionary automobile.  It was unlike anything made at the time.  It featured front wheel drive, disappearing headlamps, no running boards and no visible radiator.  It looked fast and it was.  Supercharged models were guaranteed to exceed 100 mph (a big deal in 1936).
In my opinion, the finest book on the history of the Cord  is Josh Malks's "Cord 810/812: The Timeless Classic".   The story of the development of the car is inspirational.  It's a story of risk taking, tight schedules and budgets and the teamwork needed to get the job done.  The web site is also suberb.

   The Cord was in production for only two years - a victim of the depression.
In time the company doors were closed and the assets  sold off.  Glenn Pray of Broken Arrow Oklahoma ended up purchasing these assets and in 1966 introduced a modern version of the timeless classic.  The Glenn Pray Cord was an 8/10th scaled version of the original.  It featured a novel ABS plastic body, and a six cylinder air cooled Corvair engine with an optional turbocharger.  Approximately 95 were made before financial troubles halted production. 

   More information on the Glenn Pray Cords can be found at the official web site:


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