Cord 812 Review

1937 Cord 812 Westchester V8 from North America

Model year1937
Year of manufacture1936
First year of ownership1988
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission V8 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired98000 miles
Most recent distance101000 miles


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.

General Comments:

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

30th Nov 2006, 06:18

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.

30th Nov 2006, 14:42

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?

Average review marks: 5.8 / 10, based on 1 review