Seldom does one find a book that goes into such depth and comprehensive coverage of a subject as does Cord Complete by the late Josh B. Malks. It was his second book on the subject, his first: Cord 810/812 – The Timeless Classic has gone on to become a collector’s item. Malks was a former Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Club President and was also the Technical Editor of the Club’s magazine for a number of years.
The title Cord Complete sums up the content, which covers all of interesting details of the car starting with the design of the body by Gordon Buehrig, followed by the development, testing and sales of the sensational automobile. Also covered is the work by Roy Faulkner, the President of the Auburn Automobile Company that was in charge of the project.
The work of engineers Herbert C. Snow, who designed front-wheel-drive and suspension and that of Harry A. Weaver on the transmission and differential are fully documented. Additional coverage in the book gives a detailed look at Lycoming Engines role in designing and producing the V8 engine and the work of other suppliers. Ab Jenkins runs with Cords at both the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Bonneville Salt Flats is also covered in a separate chapter.
The large 14 x 19-inch book is an exceptional work and is finished off with an attractive fitted slipcase. It contains over three-hundred pages and a countless number of period photos, patent drawings, advertisements, artwork and contemporary images. But don’t just take our word for it, check in with Cord Complete where you can learn more, view a slideshow of the contents and see all of the other glowing reviews this outstanding book has received.
- One of many photographs taken at “Cordhaven” in late 1935 from Errett Cord’s personal album.
- An original factory illustration of an early engine and driving unit.
- A prototype with the early style of headlights that opened to the inside of the fender.
- Amelia Earhart with her 1936 810 Cord and her Lockeed 10E Electra.
- Ab Jenkins on a run at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1937.
- A recreation of Gordon Buehrig’s styling bridge used for accurate location of points on styling models.
- An Indiana State Police 1937 supercharged 812 Westchester Sedan (below).