1938 Phantom Corsair Concept


rear left side 1938 Phantom Corsair Concept Car Picture
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The 1938 Phantom Corsair, which was admired as a styling milestone like the 1936-1937 Cord 810/812 designed by the late Gordon M. Buehrig, was also a design tour-de-force. And it shared a kinship with the Cord, for under its radical bodywork was a chassis and drivetrain derived from the Indiana-built Classic.

In 1936, Heinz arranged to have coachbuilders Bohman & Schwartz tackle the project. They started with the Cord 810, removing the front-wheel-drive subframe and Lycoming V-8 drivetrain and mating it to an X-braced chassis produced by the AJ. Bayer Company. Kicked-up rear frame rails accommodated the Cord suspension and rear axle.

The sleek envelope design of the 1938 Phantom Corsair was Heinz's, developed with clay models. B&S provided much of the finer detail, such as the delicate center peak running the length of the car and the subtle rounding of the rear section. Body panels were made of hand-beaten aluminum and fitted over a tubular frame. Features embraced a louvered nose, fully skirted wheels, totally flush fenders, lack of running boards, extremely small windows (even for its time), telescoping bumper supports, and unique headlights.

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