CORD Automobiles

1936 Cord Crest Talla

Cord (automobile) 1929-1932 and 1936-1937 by Auburn Automobile Company Indiana USA

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 A 1929 L-29 Phaeton on display at the 2005 United States Grand Prix
1931 Cord L-29 Convertible Coupe

 1931 L-29 Convertible Coupé

Cord was the brand name of an American automobile company from Connersville, Indiana, manufactured by the Auburn Automobile Company from 1929 to 1932 and again in 1936 and 1937.

The Cord Corporation was founded and run by E. L. Cord as a holding company for his many transportation interests, including Auburn. Cord was noted for its innovative technology and streamlined designs. Cord had a philosophy to build truly different, innovative cars, believing they would also sell well and turn a profit. This did not always work well in practice.

Innovations

1930 Cord L-29

 1930 Cord L-29

Cord innovations include front-wheel drive on the L-29 and hidden headlamps on the 810 and 812.

Hidden headlamps did not become common as a standard feature until the 1960s (though DeSoto used them in 1942). The early Oldsmobile Toronados, whose GM stylists later stated they were trying to capture the “feel” of the Cord’s design, also featured hidden headlamps.

“Servo” shifting was accomplished through a bendix electro-vacuum pre-selector mechanism (a type of electronic shifting).

Cord L-29

This was the first American front-wheel drive car to be offered to the public, beating the Ruxton automobile by several months, in 1929. The brainchild of former Miller engineer Carl Van Ranst, its drive system borrowed from the Indianapolis 500-dominating racers, using the same de Dion layout and inboard brakes. This allowed it to be much lower than competing cars. Both stock cars and special bodies built on the Cord chassis by American and European coachbuilders won prizes in contests worldwide. The L-29 came with full instrumentation, including a temperature gauge, oil pressure gauge, and speedometer on the left with a gas gauge, oil level gauge, and Ammeter on the right of the steering wheel.

It was powered by Auburn’s 4,934 cc (301 cu in) 125 hp (93 kW) L-head Lycoming inline 8 from the Auburn 120, with the crankshaft pushed out through the front of the block and the flywheel mounted there, driving a three-speed transmission. Gearing in both transmission and front axle was inadequate, and the 4,700 lb (2,100 kg) car was underpowered, limited to a trifle over 80 mph (130 km/h), inadequate even at the time, and readily exceeded by the less expensive Auburn. Still, the styling was lovely, and despite the 137.5 in (3,490 mm) wheelbase and steering demanding fully four turns lock-to-lock, handling was reportedly superb. Priced around US$3,000, it was competitive with Marmon, Lincoln, Packard, Franklin, and Stutz; the 1930 Chrysler copied several styling elements. It could not outrun the Great Depression, and by 1932, it was discontinued, with just 4,400 sold. Wheelbase was 137.5″ and the height of the sedan was 61″.

Cord Model 810/812

Main article: Cord 810/812
1937 Cord GTO 812 Westchester sedan

 1937 Cord 812 Westchester sedan

The Model 810/812 are probably the best-known of the company’s products. Styled by Gordon M. Buehrig, they featured front-wheel drive and independent front suspension; the front drive enabled the 810 to be so low, runningboards were unnecessary. Powered by a 4,739 cc (289 cu in) Lycoming V8 of the same 125 hp (93 kW) as the L-29, the 810 had a four-speed electrically-selected semi-automatic transmission, among other innovative features.

The car caused a sensation at the New York Auto Show in November 1935. Orders were taken at the show with Cord promising Christmas delivery, expecting production of 1,000 per month. Production delays pushed the expected delivery date to February 1936. This proved optimistic; the first production vehicles were not delivered until April. In all, Cord managed to sell only 1,174 of the new 810 in its first model year. The car is well known for the flat front nose with a louvered grille design. The front was so similar in look to a coffin, the car was often called “Coffin Nose“.

Demise of the Cord

Early reliability problems, including slipping out of gear and vapor lock, cooled initial enthusiasm, and the dealer base shrank rapidly. Unsold left-over and in-process 1936 810s were re-numbered and sold as 1937 812s. In 1937, Auburn ceased production of the Cord. A single 1938 Cord prototype with some changes to the grille and transmission cover was built, and it still exists (2015). The Cord empire, amid allegations of financial fraud, was sold to the Aviation Corporation, and E.L. Cord moved to Nevada where he earned millions in real estate and other enterprises.

Revival

1941 Hupmobile Sedan Skylark

Hupmobile Skylark

The Cord 812 design was re-marketed almost immediately in 1940, as ailing automakers Hupmobile and Graham-Paige tried to save money, and revive the companies, by using the same body dies. Except for their similarity to the 810, their four-door sedans, the Hupp Skylark and the Graham Hollywood, were unremarkable. Retractable headlights gave way to plain headlight pods, and power came from a standard front-engine/rear-wheel drive design. While Hupp Motor Company built a few prototypes in 1939 that gained them sales orders for the 1939 model year they did not have the resources to manufacture the car. Graham Paige stepped in offering to build the Hupmobile Skylarks on a per piece contract basis. Graham built a combined 1850 units for sale in the 1940 model year. Hupmobile closed before the 1941 model came around. Of the 1850 cars produced in the 1940 model year by Graham only about 450 were the Hupmobile Skylarks. Graham continued to build the Hollywood late into 1941. They stopped production in November of that year having only built a rumored 400 units. The Hollywood was powered by a supercharged Continental in line six making 124 HP, almost 50 less than the original supercharged Cord.

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RAMSEIER, STREUN and CO. JENZER WORBLAUFEN Switserland

RAMSEIER, STREUN & CO.// WORBLAUFEN

Carrosserie Worblaufen worblaufen

Bern 1929-1958

Worblaufen Citroën TA 15/6

In 1948 “Carrosserie Worblaufen” started to convert Citroëns TA 15/6 into Convertibles.
At the 1949 Geneva Salon Sir Fritz Ramseier presented his 15/6 Cabriolet with four seats, the two doors hinged at the front and four windows.
At the end of the Salon several orders were signed.

There are 16 Tractions converted, all differ in details and it seems only two still remain.

Bentley Mark-VI-Ramseier Front-view

Bentley Mark-VI-Ramseier Front-view

CARROSSERIE WORBLAUFEN 
F. RAMSEIER & CO.
Worblaufen
1929 – 1958

One of the most important SchweizerCarrosseriebau-company for passenger cars.  Production of outstandingly elegant Cabriolets and roadsters on Isotta – Fraschini, Mercedes – Benz, Alfa-Romeo and Bugatti chassis.  After the second world war mostly on Talbot – Lago, Delahaye, Citroën and Lancia chassis.  Making some pieces on Jaguar, BMW and Bentley basis.

Traditionell gehaltenes Talbot T26 Record (1947) Cabriolet von Carrosserie Worblaufen

Traditionell gehaltenes Talbot T26 Record (1947) Cabriolet von Carrosserie Worblaufen

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RAMSEIER + JENZER
Biel
1919 – 1989

Initially, touring and city cars light production.  In the 1920s also producing luxury cars on expensive chassis.   In addition to cars, the company always also commercial vehicles and buses produced for private and municipal companies, as well as for the Swiss Post (PTT).  In 1933 the production was hired by car bodies.  After the acquisition of Lauber in Nyon, the company became the most important Carrosserie company of Switzerland.

1934 Worblaufen Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 Cabriolet a 1934 Worblaufen Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 Cabriolet b 1934 Worblaufen Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 Cabriolet c

1934 Worblaufen Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 Cabriolet

1935 Worblaufen Bugatti T57 Grand Raid Roadster #57246 a 1935 Worblaufen Bugatti T57 Grand Raid Roadster #57246 b 1935 Worblaufen Bugatti T57 Grand Raid Roadster #57246 c

1935 Worblaufen Bugatti T57 Grand Raid Roadster #57246

1937 Talbot Lago T26 Baby Worblaufen

1937 Talbot Lago T26 Baby Worblaufen

1937 Worblaufen Bugatti T57 Convertible #57629 a 1937 Worblaufen Bugatti T57 Convertible #57629 b 1937 Worblaufen Bugatti T57 Convertible #57629 c 1937 Worblaufen Bugatti T57 Convertible #57629 d 1937 Worblaufen Bugatti T57 Convertible #57629 e 1937 Worblaufen Bugatti T57 Convertible #57629 f 1937 Worblaufen Bugatti T57 Convertible #57629 g 1937 Worblaufen Bugatti T57 Convertible #57629 h 1937 Worblaufen Bugatti T57 Convertible #57629 i 1937 Worblaufen Bugatti T57 Convertible #57629 j 1937 Worblaufen Bugatti T57 Convertible #57629 k 1937 Worblaufen Bugatti T57 Convertible #57629 l

1937 Worblaufen Bugatti T57 Convertible #57629

1937 Worblaufen Graham Paige Supercharger

1937 Worblaufen Graham Paige Supercharger

1938 a Worblaufen Bentley 4 1-4 ltr Allweather Cabriolet 1938 b Worblaufen Bentley 4 1-4 ltr Allweather Cabriolet 1938 c Worblaufen Bentley 4 1-4 ltr Allweather Cabriolet

1938 Worblaufen Bentley 4 1-4 ltr Allweather Cabriolet

1938 Worblaufen Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 B Cabriolet a

1938 Worblaufen Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 B Cabriolet b 1938 Worblaufen Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 B Cabriolet c 1938 Worblaufen Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 B Cabriolet d 1938 Worblaufen Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 B Cabriolet e 1938 Worblaufen Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 B Cabriolet f

1938 Worblaufen Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 B Cabriolet

1946 Worblaufen Delahaye 135M Drophead Coupe a 1946 Worblaufen Delahaye 135M Drophead Coupe b 1946 Worblaufen Delahaye 135M Drophead Coupe c 1946 Worblaufen Delahaye 135M Drophead Coupe d

1946 Worblaufen Delahaye 135M Drophead Coupe

1947 Worblaufen Bentley Mk VI a 1947 Worblaufen Bentley Mk VI b 1947 Worblaufen Bentley Mk VI c 1947 Worblaufen Bentley Mk VI d 1947 Worblaufen Bentley Mk VI e 1947 Worblaufen Bentley Mk VI f 1947 Worblaufen Bentley Mk VI g 1947 Worblaufen Bentley Mk VI h

1947 Worblaufen Bentley Mk VI

1947 Worblaufen Delahaye 135MS

1947 Worblaufen Delahaye 135MS

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA 1947 Worblaufen Talbot Lago T26 Record Cabriolet 1947 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA 1947 Worblaufen Talbot Lago T26 Record l 1947 Worblaufen Talbot Lago T26 Record m 1947 Worblaufen Talbot Lago T26 Record n 1947 Worblaufen Talbot Lago T26 Record o 1947 Worblaufen Talbot Lago T26 Record p 1947 Worblaufen Talbot Lago T26 Record q 1947 Worblaufen Talbot Lago T26 Record r 1947 Worblaufen Talbot Lago T26 Record s 1947 Worblaufen Talbot Lago T26 Record t 1947 Worblaufen Talbot Lago T26 Record u 1947 Worblaufen Talbot Lago T26 Record v 1947 Worblaufen Talbot Lago T26 Record w 1947 Worblaufen Talbot Lago T26 Record x 1947 Worblaufen Talbot Lago T26 Record y 1947 Worblaufen Talbot Lago T26 Record z 1947 Worblaufen Talbot Lago T26 Record za 1947 Worblaufen Talbot Lago T26 Record zb 1947 Worblaufen Talbot Lago T26 Record zc 1947 Worblaufen Talbot Lago T26 Record zd 1947 Worblaufen Talbot Lago T26 Record ze 1947 Worblaufen Talbot Lago T26 Record zf 1947 Worblaufen Talbot Lago T26 Record zg

1947 Worblaufen Talbot Lago T26 Record

1948 Berna   1UP138-H 23 pas 5320cc Ramseier&Jenzer

1948 Berna 1UP138-H 23 pas 5320cc Ramseier&Jenzer

1948 Berna 1 UP 138 R1H Ramseier & Jenzer 5300cc 4cyl

1948 Berna 1 UP 138 R1H Ramseier & Jenzer 5300cc 4cyl

1948 Berna 1UP138-H 5320cc

1948 Berna 1UP138-H 5320cc R&J

1948 Berna-R&J (ex M+79'502) CH

1948 Berna-R&J (ex M+79’502) CH

1948 Berna-Ramseier und Jenzer 1 OP 128-H

1948 Berna-Ramseier und Jenzer 1 OP 128-H © Tobias Maurer

1948 Oldtimer Bus am Saurer Treff i

1948 Oldtimer Bus am Saurer Treff R&J

1949 FBW Ramseier&Jenzer AN40

1949 FBW Ramseier&Jenzer AN40

1950 Berna 3, Zwitsers, chassis en motor Saurer carrosserie van Ramseier & Jenzer

1950 Berna 3, Zwitsers, chassis en motor Saurer carrosserie van Ramseier & Jenzer

1950 Saurer, L4CT 2D Ramseier & Jenzer

1950 Saurer, L4CT 2D Ramseier & Jenzer

1951 Berna with a Ramseier & Jenzer body a 1951 Berna with a Ramseier & Jenzer body and was 11 metres (36 ft) long. 1951 Berna with a Ramseier & Jenzer body b

1951 Berna with a Ramseier & Jenzer body and was 11 metres (36 ft) long. Trolleybus.

1951 bernabusmitanhanger R&J

1951 berna bus mit anhanger R&J © Tim Boric

1951 Berna-Ramseier & Jenzer, 4 UPO 463 T1

1951 Berna-Ramseier & Jenzer, 4 UPO 463 T1

1951 SAURER 3 C H R&J 310

1951 SAURER 3 C H R&J 310

1951 Saurer 3 C-H with Ramseier & Jenzer coachwork

1951 Saurer 3 C-H with Ramseier & Jenzer coachwork

1951 Worblaufen Hotchkiss 20-50 Anjou Cabriolet a 1951 Worblaufen Hotchkiss 20-50 Anjou Cabriolet b

1951 Worblaufen Hotchkiss 20-50 Anjou Cabriolet

1952-54 Worblaufen Lancia Aurelia B52 a 1952-54 Worblaufen Lancia Aurelia B52 b 1952-54 Worblaufen Lancia Aurelia B52 c 1952-54 Worblaufen Lancia Aurelia B52 d

1952-54 Worblaufen Lancia Aurelia B52

1953 Saurer, L4CT 2D R&J

1953 Saurer, L4CT 2D R&J

1954 FBW-R&J-SAAS

1954 FBW-R&J-SAAS

1955 Worblaufen Alfa Romeo 1900 SS Cabriolet a 1955 Worblaufen Alfa Romeo 1900 SS Cabriolet b

1955 Worblaufen Alfa Romeo 1900 SS Cabriolet

1957 FBW TL627

1957 FBW TL627 R&J

1957 FBW Trolleybus Valparaiso

1957 FBW Trolleybus Valparaiso R&J Chili

1957 FBW valparaiso 00 Trolleybus

1957 FBW R&J Valparaiso 00 Trolleybus Chili

1959 FBW-R&J CH 1957 fbw valparaiso 01 1957 fbw-lex2 1962 Berna-SWS-R&J Gelenktrolleybus 1962 FBW Trolleybus 119 1964 FBW Ramseier ubd Jenzer Luxusbus 1964 FBW Trolleybus 1964 fbw-lex3 gr 1964 Saurer P R&J 23219 6 1965 FBW Ramseier Jenzer SWS Gelenkautobus 1965 RAMSEIER+JENZER (CH) Automobil Revue 1968 FBW B71U van de Verkehrsbetriebe Luzern 1970 FBW Gelenkbus in Zürich 1970 FBW Lugano 1974 FBW 91 GTL O-Gelenkbus ex Verkehrsbetriebe Bern

1974 FBW 91 GTL R&J O-Gelenkbus ex Verkehrsbetriebe Bern © F Grantl

1975 FBW Ramseier & Jenzer Postauto 50 U 1976 Autobus FBW 1976 FBW B51 Bus Bulgarije 1976 FBW-Ramseier & Jenzer 50 U von 1976 + 1951 Saurer-Ramseier & Jenzer 3 C-H 1976 Ramseier & Jenzer (01a FBW 50U) Bentley Mark-VI-Ramseier Front-view Carrosserie Worblaufen worblaufen fb35b-berna r&j-bus-schweiz-0210-2465 FBW 50 U 55 L Ramseier + Jenzer FBW Ramseier&Jenzer fbw-trolleybus-01 Mercedes-Benz O 405 wurde in der Schweiz  mit Aufbau des Karrosseriers Ramseier und Jenzer Mercedes-O321H-Ramseier-Jenzer-Reisebus-kurz-Postl-Fr Ramseier and Jenzer Volvo Estland ramseier_streun RAMSEIER+JENZER (1) RAMSEIER+JENZER (2) Standard Trolley RAMSEIER+JENZER (3) Standard Omnibus RAMSEIER+JENZER (4) CH SAURER (CH) (4) SAURER (CH) (5) Saurer 3 C-H en Ramseier & Jenzer Saurer 3 CH Ramseier & Jenzer Traditionell gehaltenes Talbot T26 Record (1947) Cabriolet von Carrosserie Worblaufen Worblaufen Jaguar MK VII Convertible

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