This 1929 Cord was owned by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. Wright purchased a Cord L-29 Phaeton in 1929. He had the car painted in rusty orange color, known as “Taliesen Orange.” “The Cord had taken several foreign prizes for body design and it was nearest thing to a well designed car I had ever seen outside of Europe,” said Wright in his autobiography. “The Cord seemed to have the right principle, front-wheel drive pulling instead of pushing along. It certainly looked becoming to my houses. The best design from my streamline viewpoint ever put on the market. The Cord was an innovator along right lines that changed the whole field of body design for the better.”
The 1929 Cord L-29 is powered by a 298.6 cubic inch Lycoming straight eight, which produces 125 horsepower. The wheelbase measures 137.5 inches, and the car weighs 4300 pounds. When new, the Front Drive Cord L-29 Cabriolet cost $3295.
October 24, 1929, panic swept the New York stock exchange as the bottom fell out of the stock market. Popeye the Sailor Man made his comic strip debut in the United States. German automotive pioneer, Carl Benz, died at the age of 84.
Exhibited through the courtesy of Richard V. Munz, Madison, Wisconsin.