A ‘Cursed’ 1937 Cord 812 up for sale hides a political history. It’s a historic car in a lot of ways.
The polished lines of a 1937 Cord 812 Beverly coming up for auction hide its once-hidden past.
Not only was the silver sedan one of just two 812s built in 1937 with spare tire carriers on both fenders, but it also has bulletproof plates inside the doors and behind the rear seats, making it the only armored 812 ever produced by the factory.
According to BarnFinds.com, the car was originally submitted by the Louisiana government in 1935 with the intention to protect Senator Huey Long, the controversial and popular politician who previously served as governor of the state. It was an eerily perspective purchase, as the presidential hopeful was murdered just a few months later in Baton Rouge, before the car could be completed.
The small automaker eventually transported the automobile, but it was hardly ever driven and eventually made its way to the U.S. Coast Guard, where it was given to an officer who was later killed in World War II, The Abbortsford News reports, giving it the reputation that it was cursed. After sitting in storage for many decades, the Cord was bought in the 1980s by Canadian collector Gary Morgan who discovered the armor and its history while he was working on it.
Now fully restored by Morgan and 360 Fabrication, the front-wheel-drive and V8-powered four-door is set to cross the block at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction in January. The auction house hasn’t put an estimated dollar figure amount on it, and while standard 812s often go for under $100,000, the really-unique nature of this one makes it virtually impossible to predict what it will sell for. But we’ll know real soon.Auto News, Blog