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1937 Cord 812 Convertible Coupe S

1937 Cord 812 Convertible Coupe in Where the Spies Are, Movie, 1965 IMDB

Class: Cars, Convertible — Model origin: US — Made for: GB

1937 Cord 812 Convertible Coupe S

[*][*][*] Vehicle used by a character or in a car chase

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vilero ES

2009-03-24 20:07

From this site CORD it says Cord 810 and 812 in movies. Also in http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0059905/ "Fun Stuff, Trivia" it says: According to John Heseltine (who restored the car for the film) David Niven couldn't master the idiosyncratic gearbox of the Cord 810 and subsequently it was driven in bottom gear, resulting in it overheating. The scene in the film showing the steaming Cord was hastily rewritten to work around the problem. The car had to be restored from nothing but a rusty collection of parts in just six months to get it ready for filming.
I found the blank as 1937 Cord Phaeton, but according to previuos info, could be a Cord 810 or 812 Convertible Phaeton like this nice one Model 812 Convertible Phaeton
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greybear EN

2009-03-24 22:50

I think the author of the original book used to own a Cord and I thought it was his car that appeared in the film.

Exiv96 BE

2019-04-09 00:39

But it's a two-seater.

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antp BE

2023-03-17 18:43

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dsl SX

2023-03-17 23:29

Given that most of the same team and star cast who did this film went on to make the Casino Royale Bond spoof the following year, it struck a faint memory that Ian Fleming was a Cord fan, so including this car was an in-joke. But can't trace a Cord/Fleming connection apart from Felix Leiter driving one in the Live and Let Die book so maybe that's a cul-de-sac. However
greybear wrote I think the author of the original book used to own a Cord and I thought it was his car that appeared in the film.

The book was written by James Leasor, who had a darker supercharged RHD Cord 812S with JL 678 plate.

... which probably explains the car and JL plate as a tribute. JL 678 was a 1934 Lincolnshire plate, but dodgy for dating as UK Cords were available 1936-37 so in his case probably a designer plate. 2234 was early 1936 so might be real. Cord UK distributor was in Finchley, North London, so not obvious why 2 812S models got Lincs plates, unless perhaps Leasor owned both, one after the other.

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