We haven’t had a Modern Art Monday piece in a very long time, and my last one was this very good looking Cord… Funny how that works out. However, this is a Cord Replica, built in 1966 by the Cord Automobile Company of Tulsa Oklahoma. The designation 8/10 was actually the scale of the replica, as it was 20% smaller than the original Cord 810 from the 30s. So, what do you think of this diminutive pretender?
I found a similar Cord 8/10 that was sold, and used most of the description for this post here. You can view the original ad listing here. The Cord 8/10 was:
This vehicle is one of only 97 factory built by the Cord Automobile Company of Tulsa Oklahoma in 1966. This is not a kit car, but a factory re-release of a 1936/37 Cord Sportsman as originally designed by Gorden Miller Buehrig back in 1936/37. He was commissioned to design this vehicle to an 80% scale of his original Cord design, and it is true to scale. This vehicle has a 100 inch wheel base and carries it’s own full steel frame (440 lbs). It is a 2 seater with a very small jump seat.
This car looks like it has the 140 HP version of the Corvair engine with the Corvair transaxle and Powerglide automatic transmission. The powertrain is mounted up front and this permits the vehicle to have front wheel drive just as the original 1936 models.
The body, deck lid, hood and doors are all manufactured from a product called Royalex (made by US Royal). The windshield frame, front and rear bumpers, lid hinge straps & latches and instrument panel plate and moldings are all original 1936/37 Cord parts.
There is very little about the car within the ad as the seller is more interested in describing the car as a true collectible because of the Dick Clark connection. It may be in very good condition, and there is a celebrity connection, but the selling price of $55,999 is pure fantasy, in my opinion. A turbocharged version was listed at $27,500, and I doubt if the seller realized that amount.
Look, these are merely interesting curiosities, a footnote to the Cord Automobiles from a long time ago. Do you think they are close to the asking price, with or without any celebrity connection? See the ad here: [sc:ebay itemid=”350759844573″ linktext=”Dick Clark’s 1966 Cord 8/10 Sportsman” ]