Cord designers managed to create vehicles with intriguing shapes – rectangles and arcs – that looked good. The 1936 Cord 810 Sportsman (C92-FB) introduced plenty of innovations ahead of their time. Pop-up headlights, which really became available in the 1960’s, were concealed on the front side of the wheel Pontoon fenders. Another aerodynamic feature that made this vehicle futuristic was the door hinges position: on the inside instead of the outside preventing protrusion.
Most hood designs at the time had hinged panels, which opened on both sides of the engine bay. However, the 1936 Cord 810 Sportsman (C92-FB) incorporated a back-of-the-bay hinge, which made the entire hood lift up. Additionally, this car had windshield wipers with variable speed – unheard of at the time – as well as a standard radio. Its large Pontoon fenders attracted a lot of attention. The coffin nose (a flat front nose that has a louvered grille design) was an equally eye-catching feature. The unsold leftovers of this vehicle were re-numbered and sold as 812’s. To date, only a single Cord prototype exists with several changes to the transmission cover and grille.