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1936-1937 Cord 810/812


1936 and 1937 Cord 810/812 Production and Specifications

The 1936 and 1937 Cord 810/812 were gracefully styled, high performance cars with innovative engineering. Sadly, they couldn't save the Auburn automaker from bankruptcy, so their run lasted only two years. Here are the specifications for the 1936-1937 Cord 810/812:

1937 Cord Supercharged 812 Phaeton Sedan
©2007 Publications International, Ltd.
This 1937 Cord 812 Supercharged Phaeton Sedan displays its roll-down rear quarter windows, another Cord first for an American production model.

General

Manufacturer
Auburn Automobile Company, division Cord Corporation, Connersville, Indiana
Vehicle type
front-engine, front-wheel drive four-door sedan, two-passenger convertible coupe, four-passenger convertible phaeton
Construction
unit steel body with front sub frame
Dimensions/Capacities

Wheelbase, inches
125.0/132.01
Overall length, inches
195.5/202.51
Overall width, inches
71.0
Track, front/rear, inches
56.0/61.0
Overall height, inches
60.0/58.02
Ground clearance, inches
9.0
Turning circle, feet
41.0
Curb weight, pounds
3,715-4,170
Weight distribution, front/rear, percent
55/45
Fuel tank capacity, gallons
17.5
Fuel consumption, miles per gallon
14-15

1standard/long-wheelbase
2sedans/open models

Drivetrain

Engine
Lycoming 90-degree L-head; aluminum cylinder head & pistons; Stromberg dual downdraft carburetor; Startix ignition
Bore × stroke, inches
3.50 × 3.75
Displacement, cubic inches
288.64
Compression ratio
6.5:1
Horsepower @ rpm
125 @ 3,500/170 @ 4,000 supercharged (1937 only)
Supercharger
Schwitzer-Cummins centrifugal; 24,000 max rpm
Transmission
4-speed manual with helical-cut gears and Bendix "Electric Hand" vacuum-servo pre-selector remote control; synchromesh II-IV
Transmission ratios
9.08:1 (I), 5.85:1 (II), 3.88:1 (III), 2.75:1 (IV), 10.89 (Reverse)
Clutch
10-inch semi-automatic dry plate

Chassis

Front suspension
independent; dual trailing box-section swing arms, transverse leaf spring, Lovejoy double-action hydraulic shock absorbers
Rear suspension
tubular steel axle on semi-elliptic leaf springs; Lovejoy double-action hydraulic shock absorbers
Steering
worm-and-roller with Gemmer gear and center-point geometry; 18.2:1 overall ratio; 3.25 turns lock-to-lock
Brakes
steel 11 × 2.25-inch Centrifuse drums with welded cast-iron linings and hydraulic actuation
Brake area, square inches
216.0
Wheels/Tires
ventilated pressed-steel disc/6.50 × 16 six-ply

Performance

Acceleration, seconds3
Speed, mph4
0-30 mph, --/5.0
Average max for 1.2 mile, 98.9
0-50 mph, 13.7/10.5
Best timed 1/2 mile, 102.27
0-60 mph, 20.1/13.2
Maxima (I/II/III), 34/60/88
0-70 mph, 27.5/19.6
Cruise, 75-80

31936 810/1937 Supercharged 812 tested by Autocar
41937 812 Supercharged tested by Autocar

Production

810
Began November 2, 1935; 1,174 registrations
812
Began September 2, 1936 (Supercharged November 18, 1936); 1,146 registrations

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