Preservation Award For Cord L-29 Launches FIVA World Motoring Heritage Year

First Action Under UNESCO Patronage for FIVA World Motoring Heritage Year
Award Presented at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance

 Washington, D.C. (March 21, 2016) – The Historic Vehicle Association (HVA) announced today that the  Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens (FIVA), launched World Motoring Heritage Year with the presentation of a special preservation award at the 2016 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. The FIVA award for the Best Preserved Vehicle was presented for the circa 1930 Cord L-29 (s/n 2926823) with custom body by the Walter M. Murphy Company owned by Dan Davis of Jacksonville, Florida. The FIVA preservation award recognizes a vehicle that retains much of its original components, materials and finishes and as such is an important cultural artifact.

Mark Gessler, President of HVA and Vice President of FIVA presented the award. The HVA is the representative for FIVA in the United States and Canada.

The Cord L-29 built by the Auburn Automobile Company of Auburn, Indiana, was the first practical production car to feature front-wheel drive and was considered one of the most elegant designs of the period. About 5,000 Cord L-29 models were produced between 1929 and 1931 in sedan, brougham, convertible coupe and convertible sedan body styles.  This particular example (s/n 2926823) is one of just several Cord L-29 chassis that were sent to the Walter M. Murphy Company in Pasadena, California for custom coachwork.  It is the only known example of the Murphy town car body style built on the Cord L-29 “standard” 1371Ž2 wheelbase chassis.

In the early 1950s, this Cord L-29 (s/n 2926823) was reportedly owned by E.L. Cord’s daughter and sold to Fred Thorenson. Jay Hyde purchased the car from Fred Thorensen in 1959 and maintained the car in its original condition until his passing in 2014. Mr. Dan Davis purchased the car at the Bonhams Amelia Island auction in 2015.  Overall the vehicle is exceedingly well-preserved for its age and among the most well-preserved automobiles from the era. The exterior, interior, engine and other mechanical components are original to the vehicle and show the careful stewardship of its owners.

“It is fitting for this wonderfully preserved Cord L-29 to be recognized to launch the FIVA World Motoring Heritage Year under the patronage of UNESCO,” said Mark Gessler. “The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance has worked together with FIVA and the Historic Vehicle Association over the last seven years to elevate the recognition of the preservation award and help ensure that stewardship of unrestored vehicles is widely celebrated and strongly encouraged.”

“I am honored the Cord L-29 Murphy Town Car has received this special preservation award during the FIVA World Motoring Heritage Year,” said Dan Davis, owner. “This is a unique car and it deserves to be recognized as an important cultural icon for future generations to enjoy.”

“My father, Jay Hyde owned this car for over 50 years,” said Kimberly Thompson, Hyde’s daughter. “Growing up, the Cord was always considered to be one of the family. We cherished our time with the car and always knew it was something special.”

About the Historic Vehicle Association

The HVA is dedicated to preserving and sharing America’s automotive heritage. In 2014 the HVA established the National Historic Vehicle Register program working with the U.S. Dept. of the Interior and Library of Congress to document historically significant automobiles in America’s past. The HVA supported by nearly 400,000 individual historic vehicle owners, key stakeholders such as Hagerty, Shell, Pennzoil, Quaker State, and American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers as well as individual benefactors.

About FIVA

The Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens (FIVA) is a global federation of 1.5 million historic vehicle owners, enthusiasts and professionals with a representative entity over sixty countries. The organizational mission is to preserve, promote and protect historic vehicles and related culture. In 2016, FIVA celebrates its 50th anniversary with the FIVA World Motoring Heritage Year program under the formal patronage UNESCO.

Circa 1930 Cord Front-Wheel Drive (L-29) Custom Town Car*

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Chassis No.: 2926823

Model:  SD (standard wheelbase of 1371Ž2 inches)

Engine:  Lycoming inline 8 cylinder L-head

Displacement: 298.6 c.i.d

Maximum hp: 125

Engine No.: FD 2410

Transmission: 3-speed manual

Brakes:  4-wheel hydraulic drum

Coachwork: Walter M. Murphy Co. (Pasadena, California) One of four built

* precise completion date not known.

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