If These Cars Could Talk: 1936 Cord 810 (Moonshadow)

Join us for an in-depth look at the many automobiles in our collection and discover their part in our history. If These Cars Could Talk is a monthly program offered by museum staff for free to the public on the first Saturday of each month.

The given name of this Cord 810 Westchester sedan is “Moonshadow,” due to its distinguished silvery-blue finish and original blue English broadcloth interior. It has been highly praised and recognized in several car shows.  In its November 2002 issue, which celebrated the 100th anniversary of the American automobile, Forbes’ American Heritage magazine chose Moonshadow as “The Single Most Beautiful American Car.”

This Cord 810 is powered by a 289 cubic-inch V-8 engine, with an advertised 125 horsepower rating.  In reality, according to factory dynamometer testing, it produced 117 horsepower.  It features the Cord hallmark front-wheel drive system with a four-speed transmission.  The cost when new was $1,995, a hefty sum when compared with its contemporaries of similar size.

This presentation will be held in the museum galleries next to the car from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm on Saturday, July 2, 2022   and is offered to all patrons for free with museum admission. For more information, including the specific location of the presentation, please call ahead at 260-925-1444 or see an associate at the admission desk.