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1936 Cord 810 Westchester Stretched Taxi

1936 Cord 810 Westchester in The Shadow, Movie, 1994 IMDB

Class: Cars, Sedan — Model origin: US

1936 Cord 810 Westchester Stretched Taxi

[*][*][*][*] Vehicle used a lot by a main character or for a long time

Comments about this vehicle


stronghold EN

2007-03-31 21:10


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-- Last edit: 2007-03-31 21:12:57

Hecubus CA

2007-04-01 00:22



hiergehts CH

2007-04-01 04:28


1936-37 Cord 810/812 "Beverly" sedan

garco NL

2007-04-01 11:37


What a great car!

Jun JP

2007-04-01 15:37


It's too long, especially rear door :D
Original Cord dosen't have window on C-pillar, inside mirror is wrong side, and front window is one piece (original was split).
I agree with Made For Movie.

-- Last edit: 2007-04-01 15:37:56

pilou BE

2007-04-01 16:08


This one is at the best a Replica or a Joke -aren't we the first of april Ben Hur's racing day at Monza-or at the worst a made for movie special.Wheelbase is too long , rear quarter window too high,the cowl curves upwards to the windshield whereas on original Cords it was straight and parallel with the hood , Exhausts are small tiny fake tubes just sprouting out of the sides of the car,windshield is one piece , on originals split .On original Cords the rearview mirror was mounted on the windshield divider just above the dashboard in the middle and the dashboard switch panel was painted black.The probability of seeing Cord sedans of the 810/812 series operated as taxicabs is almost nil,though at least some were used by Police forces.

antp BE

2007-04-01 16:11


Jun wrote
I agree with Made For Movie.

Well, in such car we usually label it under the "supposed to be"-make, with "Replica" added ;)

Jun JP

2007-04-01 16:27


I see :)
Even if it is a replica or a real one, it's pleasure to see the Cord in the movie.

-- Last edit: 2007-04-01 16:27:57

imcdb FR

2007-04-23 19:31


2 cords listed on imcdb.
Just great database, isn't it ? lol

Raul1983 FI

2007-07-26 15:59


word from Cord specialist:

"The Cord in "The Shadow" is not a replica. It is an original car modified by cutting out the center and adding a section. It might best be called a "stretched" Cord Westchester sedan. (Taxi gear added too.)"

tipi9 FR

2007-08-06 09:40


You can see a Cord 810 in Topper with Cary Grant and Constance Bennett

Dr Gonzo SE

2009-10-25 02:38


Cord 810:
Cord 810 Westchester

Cord 812:
Cord 812 Beverly

What is the difference?

-- Last edit: 2009-10-25 02:41:37

Dooch US

2009-12-08 04:00


Yes, this is a real Cord 810 Westchester modified for the movie. Interestingly, they retained the front wheel drive. In some rainy scenes you can see the front wheels slip against the wet pavement. Actor Peter Boyle (who played taxi-driver Moe) refused to drive it so a stunt man did so. More: the car in the "Topper" movies is not a Cord. It is a 1939 Buick Roadmaster modified by coachbuilder Bohman & Schwartz in California. Lastly, you cannot tell a 1936 Cord 810 Westchester from a 1937 812 from the outside. If you peek in the window you can see two telltales: the glove box doors have handles on the 810, locks on the 812. And the 812's steering wheel rim is thicker and has finger grips. That's about all. Really.

maxman CA

2012-10-07 02:43


Because of the Cord's handling, Peter Boyle refused to actually drive it, so a stunt driver had to be hired. You'll note in the main image that that is not Peter Boyle (there's a closeup in the fourth thumbnail).

-- Last edit: 2012-12-13 01:55:48

bhummel99 US

2020-08-06 03:45


DOOCH is correct. It is a real Cord that was stretched for the movie. After the exterior shots were filmed, the car was cut in half so the inside shots could be filmed. Later the car was parted out.

In 2006, I bought the cowl and all the gauges from Glenn Pray in Broken Arrow, OK. Those gauges have been restored and are now in my 1936 Cord 810 Cabriolet.

Too bad Peter Boyle didn’t want to drive the Cord. The Westchesters and Beverlys are very quiet and very solid.

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