1969 Samco Cord Royale


Classic Auto Mall
6180 Morgantown Road
Morgantown, PA

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Morgantown, PA



Year 1969
Mileage 44158
Engine 8
Doors 2
Transmission Automatic
Make Other Makes
Model Other

Other 1969

Title Status --
Exterior Color Pale Yellow
Interior Color Mustard Yellow/Beige


1969 Samco Cord Royale Roadster

Offered for consignment, this SAMCO Cord Royale is slightly different, as it is a replica of a Cord that has been built on a custom frame. With only around 400 of these built by SAMCO, they offer a budget alternative for anyone who loves the look of a classic Cord but doesn\'t have the six-figure bank account to buy one. Sporting a powerful big block engine from the Mopar camp, striking Art Deco looks, and a spacious interior along with modern amenitiessuch as air conditioning, power steering and an automatic transmission its easy to see why this is a viable alternative to the real deal.


The Model 810/812 are probably the best-known of the Cord products and while this isn\'t an original, it has all the looks, charm and styling of one. The car\'s design is known for its flat front nose with a horizontal louvered grille design with fog lamps installed below instead of the common radiator-style grille, that made its nose resemble a coffin, earning it the nickname of \"Coffin Nose\" and this writer can spot that look instantly. This combined with a change from hidden lamps to headlightsmounted within the pontoon like front fenders and long flat area beneath the nose and fenders, it is a very unusual design but nonetheless striking. A split windscreen which is swept rearward grows from the cowling and on the sides of the hood cowling we see faux exhaust vent pipes, reminiscent of the Cords of yore. The rear fenders, also pontoon inspired, meet up with the downward sloping trunk deck and end up on top of the rear bumper. A chrome luggage rack with tan canvas covered spare tire graces the swooping rear lines flanked to the sides by stand-off tail lights and a tarnished and rusted bumper below. 14-inch chromed steel wheels with a peppering of surface rust are rolled and wrapped with deeply treaded blackwall tires. The condition of the exterior surfaces is rough with blistering of the pale yellow paint on nearly every panel, but thankfully due to the fiberglass body construction rust isn\'t a concern at all. We note the bows for the manually actuated convertible top are included, but not top material is installed.

Swinging open the doors allowsus a view of the inside panels and carpeted thresholds. Saddle vinyl covers the panels and mixes a smooth and tuck and roll pattern for some visual eye candy. The doors are suicide doors with the latch in the front of the door, and these doors have hidden hinges something that is a carryover of the original Cord cars. Shiny door actuators along with a painted taupe frame gives an expensive look. Inside, like new yellow tinted beige leather covers the low back bomber style buckets with nice tuck and roll inserts and smooth bolsters. In the back is an expansive bench seat with a new lower cushion and wrap around upper. Brown deep pile carpet with light soiling and overall wear floods the floors and covers the central hump. A consolette with a nice wood applique inlaysurrounds the chrome T-handle shifter as well as the ashtray and chrome power window toggles. This meets up with a padded lower panel with chrome heater and AC slides that flows up to meet up with the flat faced undulating mustard brown padded dash. A central chrome trimmed and wood applique backed central instrument cluster pattern panel to house the black face round Jaeger instruments, chrome knobs and pulls. An AM/FM/8 Track radio hovers in this area with the output vents for the heat and AC just below.

Under the \"Coffin Hood\" is the correct 440ci Magnum Chrysler V8 churning out a whopping 350hp. It has a single Holley 4-barrel carburetor under a beehive Edelbrock air cleaner and an A727 3-speed automatic transmission bolted to the back. The rear axle is a hefty Mopar 8 3/4\" unit. This engine presents in good condition and appears to be an earlier restoration with nice orange paint and gold Moroso valve covers.

Plenty of road dirt, some earlier rustproofing which is wearing off and surface rust are noted underneath. A square tube frame supports the fiberglass flooring and shows with surface rust as well. Power drum brakes are on for the front and rear along with leaf spring suspension at both ends. Dual exhaust with glasspack mufflers is on for the exhale and maintains the surface rusted theme.

She started right up and off to the test track I went. This car is interesting to drive, and frankly I felt like a million bucks behind the wheel. Once settled into a warmed up idle the engine did exhibit abit of a rough idle, this is most likely due to old fuel, and my sense of smell backed this assumption up rightly. On the test track things were a different story with smooth shifting, blisteringly fast acceleration and solid bias free braking. Aside from the earlier mentioned stale fuel in the tank, I noted the AC ble


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