Rare gems for show

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Prestige -

A 1936 Cord 810 will be a high­light among 200 rare, beau­ti­ful and ex­otic clas­sic ve­hi­cles that will grace Mel­bourne later this month. The Mo­tor­clas­sica will be at the Royal Ex­hi­bi­tion Build­ing in Carl­ton Gar­dens from Oc­to­ber 22-24 and will boast some fo the finest lux­ury and sport­ing ve­hi­cles from around the world. The event will in­clude the inaugural Aus­tralian In­ter­na­tional Con­cours d’El­e­gance, with the cars in line for tro­phies and more im­por­tantly, brag­ging rights, among the de­voted col­lec­tors of au­to­mo­tive ex­ot­ica. The en­try list has been as­sem­bled from col­lec­tions in Aus­tralia and over­seas and the only com­mon theme will be their rar­ity and the qual­ity of the restora­tion or preser­va­tion of each ve­hi­cle. There will also be ve­hi­cles boast­ing a his­toric or celebrity prove­nance, in­clud­ing cars once owned by Peter Sel­lars, Steve McQueen, Jack Brab­ham, Bruce McLaren, Stirling Moss, avi­a­tor Amelia Earhart and more. The Cord shown be­low runs a su­per­charged 4.7-litre en­gine, with power trans­mit­ted to the front wheels via an elec­tric four-speed pre­s­e­lec­tor gear­box. The model was built from 1936-1937, with later ex­am­ples known as the Cord 812. Only 3000 were made. To find out more, go to www.mo­tor­clas­sica.com.au

Rare beauty: A Cord 810 will be on show in Mel­bourne this month. Pic­ture: An­drew Brit­ten and Coven­try Stu­dios

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