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Cord Complete – A Study of the Cord 810 and 812 Automobile

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.

  • 810 and 812 Cord cars
  • One of many photographs taken at “Cordhaven” in late 1935 from Errett Cord’s personal album.
  • 810 and 812 Cord power plant
  • An original factory illustration of an early engine and driving unit.
  • ptototype 810 and 812 Cord cars
  •                  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
  • Amelia Earhart with her 1936 810 Cord and her Lockeed 10E Electra.
  • Ab Jenkins on a run witha Cord at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1937
  • Ab Jenkins on a run at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1937.
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  • 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).

Indiana State Police 1937 supercharged 812 Westchester Sedan

12 responses to “Cord Complete – A Study of the Cord 810 and 812 Automobile

  1. I’m a pretty serious car book collector and I have to say this is a great book, especially for the technically minded enthusiast. I’d rank the book up there at Dalton Watson level of quality. The price is amazingly low for such a wonderful book.

  2. There is a lot of folklore , urban legends, and inaccurate information out there about these cars. Google this subject and you will find a lot of conflicting “facts about Cords”. This is especially true about what identifies a car as an 810 or 812 model. There is a lot of confusion about body styles as well.

    Josh knew these cars intimately. This book goes a long way in organizing information about these wonderful cars. He goes to great lengths to identify what is actual fact, what was probable and what cannot be verified at all.

    He loved these cars but it was not with blind devotion. Unlike a lot of works about beloved cars he is very candid about the weak points and compromises involved in building the cars. If you want to get a good idea of what these cars are really like to own and drive Josh is the man to ask. He drove Cords. None of his cars were garage queens.

  3. Even tho’ i’m a grille man and prefer my cylinders in one tidy row, this Cord book is the last word on these novel cars. Donald Gheen, above, well sums this eight-pound life’s work. You might let those looking for a lavish armchair tour know how to order a copy direct from Cord Complete publisher/art director Bob Pease at considerable discount.

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  5. The profession of clay modeler began about the time of the Cord. The Styling Department Bridge, which used lens optics to locate points was key to developing the surfaces of a complex design like the Cord 810. It is a shame that the era was one of prolonged financial distress, similar to today, when risky ventures like the clean sheet of paper Cord and premium products like the Duesenberg could not find enough clients to be viable. In the case of the latter, even the idea of such conspicuous consumption was felt not only gauche but hazardous to one’s personal safety.

  6. I have an early production 810 Westchester sedan. It was mechanically run down when I got it. Like anything worthwhile you have to be devoted and with the help of friends via emails I was able to sort things out and get the car back on the road and running reliably. Some things took more time to sort out properly. I had to fabricate a shroud for the radiator. Adding an electric fuel pump for priming is essential. It drives like a dream on the varied roads we have here in Australia. I have driven over 10,000 miles in five years, mainly cruising at 60 mph in overdrive with the motor ticking over at 1800 RPM.
    For a car that is 80 years old it still turns heads and keeps up with modern traffic. They are wonderful cars but you have to understand them as there aren’t many mechanics around who have experience with them
    It was a real shame the company didn’t keep going. It shut down in August 1937
    Terry Cockerell

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