Here's Cord #1, which I purchased on my 18th birthday from a sharpie in Valley Stream NY. I had been dreaming of a Cord for years, but still knew little about them. This car had a mechanical gearshift that the seller
told me was a 'factory option', and a cracked block held together by plates that he said were 'removable water jackets'. I never recorded the numbers.
In short order I became very familiar with JK Howell in Chicago, and with the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Company in Auburn. While prices of NOS parts were laughable by today's standards, a dollar was far
harder to come by then.
This photo was taken a few years before I bought the car, when it belonged to Alan Brownlie, then of Syracuse NY. (Photos can be very deceiving!) By 1953 it had been repainted crabapple green.