I was driving my 1930 chopped and channeled Model A Ford coupe over to my job at Bud Abbots in Alton Ill. As I came over the hill in his driveway, there it was. It took my breath away. I hurried down into the shop and said, “What kind of car is that on the trailer?” Bud said, “It’s a CORD”. ‘Wow’ I said. “What year?” I asked and Bud said, “1937 Phaeton”.
And it was my color — gray primer. So he took me outside and told me all about the company and how it was a front wheel drive and all the engineering feats of the car, like the supercharger, etc. However, this one had been modified by a farmer somewhere. No door handles. We used to call that shaving the handles, remember I am a Hot Rodder. The he opened the hood and there it was, an Olds rocket engine. Well back then that was the engine to have. They had taken a cutting torch and removed the center of the floor and you could see the drive shaft. Very crude but I was in love. “What are you going to do with this?”, I asked. He said “Sell it”.Now I am a guitar player playing — chords so I need this car. We made a deal and I bought it.