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Interested in a CORD replica

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I've been looking at the Cord replicas for sale on line. From what I've seen, they're either powered by a small  block Ford V8 or a Chrysler 440, and, are rear drive. How enjoyable are these things to drive, and, what are the pitfalls to owning one.  Appreciate your feedback.

 

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Oldengineer

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You are looking at the later Samco cars that were built using the molds after Glenn Pray's company folded with the 8/10 Cord.  Personally, I really like the 8/10 cars as they used stock from the original ACD factory that Glenn owned.  Those were powered by a front engined Corvair drivetrain turining the front wheels like the original.  You could get them with the 4 speed and turbo too.

 

On the plus side I see the Samco cars reasonably priced,  on the minus side I see many that have been butchered over the years.  Same feedback to all car inquires is buy the best one you can afford.

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I my opinion, the 8/10 is much better looking than the Samco cars.

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Thanks for the feedback.  Are the Samco cars basically a fiberglass body mounted on a modified truck chassis?? A dealer who had one for sale mentioned that the car had a straight front axle and drum brakes all around???

 

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The original 8/10 cars by Pray were really well done and hold their value. Pray use a sheet molded material Royalite made by Uniryal.  Plastic outer skin with foam in the middle.  I think there were some built by another company before Samco took over.  The majority of the Samco cars are crude looking compared to the Pray cars.  All the Samco cars were fiberglass.

Examples, the Pray cars had a cast windshield frame that was chrome, the later cars had the windshield frame molded as part of the body and the glass was installed with rubber surround.

The Pray cars had hide-away headlights like the original, the later cars had the headlights molded onto the fender and sort of look like the '30 Pierce Arrow.

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