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1930 Cord L-29 Brooks Stevens Speedster
1930 Cord L-29 Brooks Stevens Speedster
1930 Cord L-29 Brooks Stevens Speedster
1930 Cord L-29 Brooks Stevens Speedster

1930 Cord L-29 Brooks Stevens Speedster

Manufacturer: Automodello
Unit of Measure: 1
Price: $299.95
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Exterior Color: Black
Status: Pre-Order
Scale: 1:24
1930's: 1930
Coachwork: Brooks Stevens
In Stock: No
Diecasm Payment Plan: Eligible

Year: 1930
Exterior Color: Black and White
Scale: 1:24
Manufacturer: Automodello
Feature: Wheels roll. No engine detail.
Diecasm Payment Plan: Eligible

According to Ed Schoenthaler, the current owner, Brooks Stevens became enthralled with E. L. Cord's new front-wheel-drive automobile when, as a teenager, he attended a wedding at which the newlyweds were given an L-29 as a present. Stevens's father, a successful engineer, helped him buy a two-year-old cabriolet as a reward for hard work.  In the mid-Thirties, about the time his studies at Cornell University in New York were completed, Brooks Stevens got the urge to customize his Cord convertible. The goal was to turn it into a speedster along the lines of those being built on Auburn, Duesenberg, and other prestige-car chassis of the era.

The cowl was lowered slightly and the body narrowed. The overall shape of the cabriolet deck was retained, but the rumble seat was removed and the deck smoothed over, then capped with a trailing fin. A raked, vee'd windshield replaced the upright one-piece unit used on standard L-29s. The front fenders were skirted and the usual sidemount spares discarded, their fender wells filled in. Standard hood louvers were replaced by Dusenberg-like mesh screens that aided engine cooling when Stevens entered the car in hill-climbs. The exterior was capped by a Stevens-designed radiator cap, narrow Woodlite headlights, a rear bumper designed to protect the fin, and a sweeping two-tone paint scheme.

Inside, the engine-turned dash was copied from the much-admired "Duesey." The seatback was hinged so that when folded, there was access to the luggage compartment under the enclosed deck. Limousine Body, the Cord-owned coachbuilding shop, performed the modifications.  Stevens retained the stock 299-cubic-inch Lycoming straight-eight engine and three-speed transmission, the latter with its dash-mounted shift lever and distinctive "backward" shift pattern. However, he had a twin-carburetor intake manifold and a special exhaust manifold made, and racier final-drive gearing was installed. In later years, Stevens took his cherished Cord to shows and vintage-car touring events.

April 15th 2012:
Delivery of this model is dependent on pre-orders received by Diecasm and the Automodello dealer channel over a pre-determined period set by Automodello.  As soon as Diecasm has this information, the release date will be published.  From prior experience with this manufacturer, Automodello has an eviable track record for meeting or exceeding their published release dates.

Diecasm Payment Plan:
This model is eligible for Diecasm's exclusive Automodello 1:24 for 3 payment plan.  Please see details here.

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