1937 Cord 812 Westchester V8
To drive a Cord is true glory
Carb got plugged with fuel filter diaphragm particles that disintegrated due to modern gas formula;
Right headlight cable got stuck in down position after getting wet and rusting from running thru deep puddle;
Car leaks like sieve in rain (so I try to avoid wet weather);
Car makes the occasional undiagnosable weird noises.
Absolutely gorgeous design that feels like driving a car 15-20 years newer.
Front wheel drive works well;
Mine shifts well;
I'm running Good Year All Weather whitewalls, not radials, because I want the original feel;
The car gets 16 mpg and cruises all day at 70 (2100 on tach in 4th gear) and runs cool.
Yes, a Cord can be reliable, but you have to do your homework.
More "firsts" in this one car than any other I can think of, plus eternally stylish art-deco design.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 28th November, 2006
What body style is this Cord, is it a convertible or closed body style? Just wondering due to the water leak. If it is a closed body style (& not a convertible top leak), there are companies that can find & repair the leaks.
This is the kind of car I love seeing a review on! Wasn't this car a first in having front wheel drive, as well as flip-up headlight covers that were recessed into the fenders?