John Trittschuh's Right-Hand Drive 1937 Cord Cabriolet S/C

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25 Apr 2004 16:14 #1644 by Picture Gallery
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I just purchased a 1937 Cord Cabriolet S/C Vin #32487 F. This is a right hand drive with almost all the accessories. It has original fog lights, radio, heater, defroster. Interestingly, it also has semafore turn signals as flags that pop up from behind the doors near the rear fenders with chrome trim. I have not seen that on other Cords, maybe I just missed this item.

You can see it in the side view photos as a vertical chrome stripe. I also haven't seen the emblem on the side of the hood with the writing "Supercharged Cord" on other cars in photos. Was this an accessory also?

John and Carol Trittschuh


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26 Apr 2004 16:49 #1649 by Auburn/Cord Parts
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This RHD Cord was once owned by Doug Saunders of Norfolk, Mass. in the 1970s. Doug made some parts for me back then like the fog light lens. I have ridden in it many times. These export models had the semaphore turn signals added in England. Most of the convertibles had them installed just behind the doors. RLM Automobiles LTD. was the distributor who added special equipment. The "Supercharged" script on the hood sides was added in later years and is from another make of automobile, perhaps Graham.

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26 Apr 2004 22:33 #1650 by John Trittschuh
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Stan, thanks for the info. Does this mean the car went to England for the installation of the turn signals and then returned to the US when it didn't sell or what? According to Josh Malks the Vin # says it was the next to last convertible coupe made and the last RHD of any model Cord made. "Timeless Classic" pg. 263.

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28 Apr 2004 19:09 #1652 by Auburn/Cord Parts
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Your Cord was sold new in England and then returned to the USA sometime after WWII. Yes, this was the next to the last Cabriolet assembled. The body number indicates that it was the 165th body made in this style by Central Mfg. They built 208 Cabriolets total. The next to last 3 Cabriolets were all RHD and exported to distributors or dealers who were not aware the plant was closing. Likely your car was assembled in late July, early August of 1937. As far as I know, your car has always been well maintained. Sorry, but I don't recall who that Doug bought it from. He had a Cord Sedan previous to this Cord.

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28 Apr 2004 19:26 #1653 by John Trittschuh
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Stan, thanks again for your wonderful knowledge! Why would a car be sent back to the US from England? I would think the shipping costs would be prohibitive for a private owner to sell it back to someone at that time. And without ebay, how would they get info of someone wanting their car to buy?

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18 Aug 2004 11:43 #2078 by wkennerley
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Most cars that returned to America from England and Europe where found by American servicemen serving in those countries and taken back to the US when they went back home

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Wayne M. Kennerley
London

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