Monday, September 24, 2012

1965 Cord 8/10

The brainchild of Glenn Pray, the Cord 810 was developed over several years and first sold to the public in 1966.

The Cord was designed by Gordon Buehrig in his basement as a secret project as to not interfere with his job at Ford Motor Company.  At the request of Henry Ford III, Buehrig abandoned the project and Pray worked directly with US Rubber on the molds.

This is one of six prototype bodies built by US Rubber in 1963. “Royalite” a form of ABS rubber was the product for the project and was used for all production cars from Cord.

A new 1964 Corvair turbocharged engine was mounted in front on the new chassis to accomplish the front wheel drive system like the original Cord. Pray’s partner was a Chevrolet Dealer and sourced the engines from GM for the project.

The complete story is available in the new book  “Glen Pray- The Man who brought the legend to life” by Josh B. Malks

Only 66 cars were built. A true piece of Cord history!!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

1936 Packard 8 cylinder 1404 Phaeton

This very solid Packard 8 Phaeton is benefiting from a BODY-OFF every nut and bolt restoration.  The project was started several years ago by a well known restoration shop.  Sadly, the previous owner of the car could not complete the project. Over $100,000 has been spent to date (invoices available) and that does not include the $100,000 paid for a "ready to drive" great Classic from the late Dee Howard Collection in Texas.
I have simply placed the body on the chassis, bolted it securely, added the fenders, running boards, hood and grille shipment to make shipment easy.  It would take several hours to remove the above.
Please note the chassis is done and beautiful, including a new wiring harness. The body and all panels have been stripped and primed by the restoration shop.  All panels and door fit perfectly.  This was NOT a rusty old car !!!  All chrome is tagged and perfectly redone- ready to mount.  Even the dash was removed and sent out to be regrained. All of the body and door interior wood is original and excellent. A freshly chromed DUAL WINDSHIELD setup is also with the project.
This is an easy project and deserves to be finished.
The enigne is FRESH, and completely rebuilt by a Packard specialist.
Note the 6 wheels have been sandblasted and painted in a beautiful deep green with new tires installed.  Assembly is straight forward because every piece and part of the car- including the bolts are clearly marked and boxed.  The Packard can actually be driven out of my garage for a test drive.  Please call with questions.  Priced to sell NOW at $99,500.