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1930 Cord L-29 Cabriolet FLW

Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum

Regular price $750.00

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This 1930 Cord was owned by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. Wright purchased a Cord L-29 Phaeton in 1929. He had the car painted a rusty orange color, known as "Cherokee Red." Wright wrote, "I became a Cord owner because I believe the principle of front-drive to be logical and scientific, therefore inevitable for all cars. But the proportion and lines of the Cord, too, come nearer [to] expressing the beauty of both science and logic than any car I have ever seen." The bright orange exterior color on this L-29 is striking but is not authentic to vehicles owned by Frank Lloyd Wright. During its restoration, the exterior paint was color-matched to the orange on the windshield's Taliesin Spring Green badge. The correct 'Cherokee Red' can be seen on Wright's 1952 Crosley that is also here at the museum. Technical: The 1930 Cord L-29 is powered by a 298.6 cubic-inch displacement Lycoming straight eight, which produces 125 horsepower. The wheelbase measures 137.5 inches, and the car weighs 4,300 pounds. When new, the Front Drive Cord L-29 Cabriolet cost $3,295.