Few automobiles stir the soul and delight the eye like the 1937 Cord 812 Cabriolet. A classic from the moment it touched pavement, The Cord is one of the greatest automotive designs of the age.
|Supercharged Lycoming V8 |
The side pipes separate the supercharged 812 model from the un-blown 810. The 190 hp Cord did 110 mph.
|Racing Champions Recreates the Classic Cord in 1:60 Scale
The Cord 812 Sportsman is #237 from Racing Champions. This beautiful miniature offers a removable top, opening hood and authentic styled wheels AND TIRES ARE ESPECIALLY NICE. The real car was a bargain in 1937 at $3,575 and Racing Champions offers their small-scale version for the equal bargain of $2.99. It is also available in yellow with a black top and interior.
Every other small-scale diecast producer can look to this model as a standard for the industry. Produced in 1999, it is clearly one of the best of it's class. As the images show, the detail is worthy of 1:43 scale models. The top fits securely and look correct. The engine is chromed and combined with a brass-colored radiator. Even the dash-board is accurate.
The Cord was one of the early front-Wheel drive cars. The concealed headlights were another automotive first and added to the wonderful aero-styled car. Designed by Gordon Buehrig, the coffin-nose look has influenced car design for over 60 years.
Racing Champions has captured the essence of the Cord's lines.
|Faults are Few|
It is hard to find fault with the Racing Champions Cord. The red car shown comes from the 'Classified Classics' series and is mis-labeled as a Cord Phaeton Sedan when it is clearly the 812 Sportsman Cabriolet. The base is chromed plastic with some underside detail. A metal base would be better and provide a more substantial feel.
Two other small-scale Cords have come from Hot Wheels.