Name That Gearbox



September 04, 2012

Thank you to everyone who commented on the “Name That Top” photo on the HVA website and the HVA's Facebook page.

The gearbox in the photo belongs to a 1938 Cord 812. Cord was an American automobile company from Connersville, Indiana, manufactured by the Auburn Automobile Company from 1929 through 1932 and again in 1936 and 1937. The Cord Corporation was founded and run by E. L. Cord. Vehicles produced by Cord were noted for their innovative technology and streamlined designs. Eventually the production of the Cord stopped due to reliability problems, including slipping out of gear and vapor lock. Although most new owners loved their sleek fast cars, the dealer base shrank rapidly. Unsold left-over and in-process 1936 810 models were re-numbered and sold as 1937 812 models. In 1937, after producing about 3000 of these cars, Auburn ceased production of the Cord. A single 1938 Cord prototype with some changes to the grille and transmission cover was built. In 1938, the Cord company was sold to the Aviation Corporation.

And the winner of the contest - Melvin Brown from Glendale, AZ!

For guessing correctly Melvin will receive a free HVA ballcap. 

 

Comments

  1. Steve JOhnson Smyrna, MI

    Looks like a electric shifter in a Cord.

  2. Adolfo Orsi Italy

    Cord 810/812

  3. Paul Zerra Fl

    Cord 810

  4. John Tutini Argyle, Tx

    Cord.

  5. w. goodwin rochester,nh

    1938 hudson teraplaine

  6. Doug Noel W Manchester, OH

    Make: Cord. Model: 812

  7. Jack Geiger Port Orchard, WA

    Cord 810

  8. Grant Barlow Galena, IL

    1937 Cord 812

  9. JOSEPH TAGLIAFERRO NYC

    CORD MODEL 810 PRE-SELECTOR TRANSMISSION

  10. Scott Bamford Richmond, VA

    1936 Cord.

  11. Teresa Miller Cheyenne, Wy.

    would it be a Talbot Lago Model 57?

  12. TOM SALIMBENE FREDERICK, MD

    BELIEVE THIS MYSTERY GEARBOX IS A 1937 CORD 812SC

  13. scott wede Scottsdale,AZ

    810 Cord

  14. malcolm Utah

    1936/37 Cord 810/812

  15. Richard Hirsch Austin Texas

    1937 CORD BEVERLY 812

  16. Richard Sandaas Kirkland, WA

    I believe that this is from a Cord Hollywood.

  17. rob zaepfel virginia beach, va

    The car is a Cord 810

  18. Ron Lambert Austin, TX

    1936/37 Cord 810/812

  19. al pilz ligonier,pa

    gearbox is Cord 810/812

  20. Kermit Wilke Nebraska

    My guess: Cord

  21. RL Circle Kennesaw,Ga

    Chord

  22. Larry Snell Penrose Co.

    1935-36 ? cord

  23. Chris Brown North Carolina

    Cord 812

  24. Jonathan Brinkerhoff Albuquerque, New Mexico

    The image shows the dashboard, steering wheel (and first implementation of a horn ring) and preselector transmission of a Chord 810/812.

  25. Raymond Gomzales California

    Looks like a 810 or maybe 812 Cord Bendix "Electric Hand" preselector

  26. jim Oceanside,CA

    I haven't a clue, but I sure am anxious to find out....

  27. Pete Johnson Rochester Hills Mi.

    1937 cord 810

  28. jim Oceanside,CA

    I haven't a clue, but I sure am anxious to find out....

  29. Nick Lemieux Los Angeles, CA

    Cord 810/812

  30. Nigel Matthews Vancouver, BC Canada

    This is a Tucker

  31. Alan Szarek Watsonville, CA

    The gearbox shown is a pre-selector used in Cord automobiles.

  32. Adam Richardson Bellingham, WA

    Cotel pre selector

  33. Jerry Walters Camas, WA.

    Wilson Preselector Gearbox

  34. Michael Attwood Portland, Oregon

    I believe that is a Cord 810/812 gear change. Preselector box - I have driven a British Talbot 105 with the Wilson box - takes a little getting used to, but quite effective!

  35. Bruce Manne Florida

    36 or 37 cord.

  36. dave thurber minnesota

    my Guess would be a Grame

  37. Frank Aukofer 6325 Beachway Dr. Falls Church VA 22044

    It' a Cord 810 or 812 with pre-select electric shifter.

  38. John F. Quilter Eugene, Oregon

    This is a preselector gearbox as used on the late 40s Tucker. Preselector gearboxes were used on a number of 1930 Rileys, and other British cars. Most recently in the 50s and 60s were used on many Leyland Routemaster and AEC English buses typified by the traditional rear entry double decker used in London for decades. The preselector gearbox permitted the driver to select the next gear and not effect the actual shift until depressing the clutch.

  39. Dale H Moody Matteson, IL

    Car is an 810/812 Cord

  40. malcolm schneer costa mesa ca usa

    I believe this is the preselector for a Cotal gearbox, used in many French carsin the '20's & '30's

  41. Bob Potter Deming NM

    1936 Cord

  42. Dale H Moody Matteson, IL

    Car is a Cord model 810/812

  43. CHAD Murrieta Ca.

    Tucker.....

  44. John Acres Green, Colorado

    If I'm not mistaken, isn't this a Hudson Shift Master?

  45. John Acres Green, Colorado

    If I'm not mistaken, isn't this a Hudson Shift Master? Hudson Terraplane.

  46. Allan Artimisi Glen Carbon, IL 62034

    I'd say that was the shifter on a Cord 810

  47. Ted Lloyd Glendale, AZ

    37-38 Cord gear shifter

  48. Tom Fogarty Flemington, NJ

    I guess Hudson Terraplane.

  49. john shuck Westport, CT

    A Cord with a Wilson Pre-Selector gearbox

  50. James Flanagan Wisconsin

    Hudson & Terraplane both had a unique electric chifting system. The system only required the clutch be depressed to start the engine. Once started the intake manifold had a line connected to an actuator canister which when the partial vacuum in the manifold drew back a linkage which depressed the clutch pedal. as long as the throttle plate was shut an maintained the partial vacuum the car would not move. When the throttle was pressed open the throttle plate and excelerating the vehicle the partial vacuum was broke and the clutch would engage. The driver would then preselect the next gear by shifting the selector on the arm to the desire gear. When the shifting speed was reached he/she would let up on the gas, the throttle plate would close and a partial vacuum would be made and the clutch depressed. Here is where the system showed its goods and its problems. The shift was made by a series of solenoids which would no its time to shift when the clutch linkage would move and make contact with a sensor which would send the current out to the proper shifting solenoid moving the transmission to that gear. One of the unique things was that you could/should remove the manual gear shifter to reduce the strain on the solenoids when making the shift. There was a place for it along the drivers side ahead of the door post to place it in. One of the major problems was the failure of one or more of the solenoids which when repair costs continued to mount the owner would just abandon the system. One or unique aspects of the Hudson/Terraplane driver train was the use of a cork clutch plate in a fuild bath, just be careful to not over grease the throwout bearing!

  51. Bob Deming Vancouver, Washington

    That is the gear shift control in a 1636 or 37 Cord model 810. It controled vacuum actuators in the actual gearbox at the front of the engine.

  52. Alex Encinitas, CA

    Cord 810

  53. lee shepps VA

    its a Tucker Torpedo

  54. Bob Allen United States

    Cord 810

  55. Ross Woodbury Louisville, Ky

    Looks like a Hudson "electric hand" in a 36-38 Railton maybe.

  56. roger carlson Canton, Ga.

    Tucker '48' with the Bendix 'electric hand'

  57. George Doyle Mass

    I believe it's a cord

  58. Jim Faulkner Sandia Park, NM

    Cord 810

  59. Bill Bauder Texas

    Thats a Cord Beverly

  60. Bob Atwood Buckeye, Arizona

    My guess is that its a 1937 Cord.

  61. Frank Herrera WV

    1938 Delahaye

  62. R.P. Allen Hanover, Virginia

    810/812 Cord, Wilson preselecter gearbox

  63. Oscar GA

    Cord 810 or 812

  64. Steve McCormick Boulder, Colorado

    This is an easy one. The shifter shown is from the Bendix pre-selective transmission of an 810 Cord. I'm thinking, however, that the hand written note secured to the dash with a clothes pin is not an ACD approved accessory!

  65. Mark Lieberman Auburn Hills, MI

    1936/37 Cord 810/812

  66. Matthew Boyer Hillsboro, OR

    1937 Cord 812

  67. Matthew Boyer Hillsboro, OR

    1937 Cord 812

  68. Edward Moore Brighton, mi

    Cord 810 preselector

  69. Don Hilston Lighthouse Point, Fl

    This shifter is on a Cord

  70. Matthew Boyer Hillsboro, OR

    1937 Cord 812

  71. Steven Overfield Sand Springs, Oklahoma

    This is the semi-automatic transmission pre-selector of the 1936-37 Cord 810-812 (three-speed with Overdrive) front wheel drive system. The gear-box was developed from the Harry Miller front wheel drive of Indy racing fame. Errett Lobban Cord was so impressed by the FWD system pioneered by Miller that he purchased the rights from Miller and used it in his L-29 car first.

  72. Bob Rouille Vancouver WA.

    Cord phaeton

  73. Skip Andree Tucson, Arizina

    1937 Cord 812

  74. gilbert chestney Michigan

    TUCKER

  75. bill gisbrecht los angeles

    1937 Cord

  76. Larry Blyly Hartford, MI

    That is an easy one. It is a 1936 Hudson with the Electric Hand. Same Bencix design as the Cord, but in a different location.

  77. cameron holeman Sputh Padre Island, TX

    1937 Cord

  78. mark hopkins conover ohio

    1936 (810)or 1937 (812) cord. 4speed with at Bendix electronic shifting.

  79. Gerald Michelbrink Prescott,Arizona

    Looks like TUCKER

  80. Paul Lint FL

    Cord

  81. Thomas McQueen Escondido, CA

    It' 1937 Cord 812

  82. Ira Rimson Albuquerque NM

    Cord 810/812

  83. Ira Rimson Albuquerque NM

    Cord 810/812

  84. Gene Birdsall Rockford, Michigan

    Cord 812 electric shift.

  85. Gene Birdsall Rockford, Michigan

    Cord 812 electric shift.

  86. LagunaMike Austin, TX

    Pre-selector shifter on a Cord 810

  87. Pete Peterson Vincennes, Indiana

    The engine turned instrument panel and the selector make it a 1937-38 Cord.

  88. John Dillman Houstonk, Texas

    With that dash and steering wheel, gotta be a Cord. 810 and 812 looked the same, as far I can recall. What a car . ..

  89. Max Brand Bellows Falls, Vt. 05101

    It's a Cord Dashboard with a pre-selector transmission

  90. Melvin Brown Phoenix AZ

    1938 cord 812 electric shifter

  91. Kerry Port Orchard, Wa.

    I think it is a 1937 Cord Model 812

  92. Fred Robson Hebron, CT

    810/812 Cord 4-speed preselector

  93. tom Michigan

    1937 cord 812

  94. Bryce Banks St.George UT

    Cord Beverly 812

  95. Bob Stavish Wilkes-Barre, PA

    Hudson Terraplane

  96. Jim Necci Amissville,VA,

    Looks like a Hudson Terraplane to me.

  97. Bret San Diego, Ca

    CORD ! 810 and 812

  98. Randall Floyd Lake Mary Florida

    This shifter is on an Cord 810

  99. Alan Smith Phoenix, Arizona

    Cord 810

  100. Dace Crevie Elmhurst, Il

    Cord 810/812

  101. Dace Crevie Elmhurst, Il

    Cord 810/812

  102. Bill Conway Austin, TX

    Late 30's Cord 810-812 pre-selector gearbox. Ancestor of the automatic transmission..

  103. Bill Conway Austin, TX

    Late 30's Cord 810-812 pre-selector gearbox. Ancestor of the automatic transmission..

  104. David Bemis Cohasset, MA

    It is surely from the Cord, either 810 or 812. I don't know them well enough to know if there is a discernible difference. Although apparently there are a number of variations in the dashboards of these cars (radios, ashtrays, etc.) I believe these cars were produced in 1936 and 1937 (810 and 812 respectively.)

  105. John Wyma Sparta Michigan

    Looks just like a Cord 810, and that transmission was also used in the Tucker.

  106. David Bemis Cohasset, MA

    It is surely from the Cord, either 810 or 812. I don't know them well enough to know if there is a discernible difference. Although apparently there are a number of variations in the dashboards of these cars (radios, ashtrays, etc.) I believe these cars were produced in 1936 and 1937 (810 and 812 respectively.)

  107. David Bemis Cohasset, MA

    It is surely from the Cord, either 810 or 812. I don't know them well enough to know if there is a discernible difference. Although apparently there are a number of variations in the dashboards of these cars (radios, ashtrays, etc.) I believe these cars were produced in 1936 and 1937 (810 and 812 respectively.)

  108. John Wyma Sparta Michigan

    Looks just like a Cord 810, and that transmission was also used in the Tucker.

  109. Bob Koceja Racine,Wisconsin

    1937 Cord 812

  110. Ric Simpson Fort Erie, Ontario

    I have been driving with this gearbox for 65 years, over 500,000 miles and unless I am totally delirious, it is the control selector off my 1936 Cord Phaeton! (also used on 1937 812 models, and with some modifications on some Tuckers.)

  111. L Wood Lovettsville, Va

    1936 cord 810

  112. L Wood Lovettsville, Va

    1936 cord 810

  113. Mike B Batesville, IN

    I agree with Jonathan Brinkerhoff and Pete Peterson (among others). That sure looks like a Cord 810 (or its supercharged 812 cousin). I just came back from the Auburn Cord Duesenberg festival and I saw several of them. The engine turned dash, pre selector stalk on the steering column and the horn ring (a Cord first, used in part to hide a recycled Ford steering wheel) are all tell tales signs

  114. Rick Vincent Louisville, Ky.

    Tucker

  115. Bob Petrik Rolling meadows, il

    I say maybe a Tucker, perhaps

  116. Meryl Miller Colon, MI

    That is the column mount shifter on a 1936 Model 810 Cord

  117. Robert Kreis Marengo, Iowa

    1937/38 Cord

  118. Mike Scullin Alpine, NY

    Cord 810/812

  119. Red Fred San Francisco, CA

    '36/'37 Cord 810/812

  120. Lou Metelko Auburn, Indiana

    Living in Auburn, Indiana that's an easy one! 1936 or 1937 Cord 810 / 812

  121. Scott BArland N. Ga. usa

    Cord 810

  122. William Lindsay Florida

    Tucker

  123. Garry SD

    gear selector for a Tucker 1948

  124. Dave Mure United States

    1936 Cord 810

  125. roman vitale warren, michigan

    it is a tucker

  126. roman vitale warren, michigan

    it is a tucker

  127. ROMAN VITALE warren, michigan

    IT'S A TUCKER

  128. ken osgood newark,Delaware

    Cord 810/812

  129. Gerald Michelbrink Prescott, Arizona

    it is 1948 Tucker

  130. Steve Hudson Okla. City OK

    Late 30's Cord. Can tell by the engine turned dash

  131. Steve Hudson Okla. City OK

    Late 30's Cord. Can tell by the engine turned dash

  132. Russ Keller K.C. MO

    Cord 810/812 1936

  133. A. Nielson Central Point, OR

    1936/1937 Cord 810/812

  134. Carl Stromgren Richland, WA

    1936/1937 Cord 810/812

  135. Richard Landes Clinton, NC

    1937 Cord

  136. george williams kingsford mi.

    i955 chrysler

  137. henry cherry ahoskie nc

    1936 cord

  138. henry cherry ahoskie nc

    1936 cord

  139. Steve Holladay Carolina Beach, N.C.

    It is a preselector gear leaver for a Cord. 812.

  140. Joe Grifasi Amherst, NY

    Cord 810/812

  141. Joe Grifasi Amherst, NY

    Cord 810/812

  142. John Mingst Bethpage NY

    Cord 812

  143. Travis Young San Antonio, TX

    I see the answer was revealed but just as a note of trivia. This could not be a 36 810 because on those the "glove boxes" had a handle to pull where the 37 has the key as shown here.