The 812 is not your typical American prewar coupe. Produced by the Cord Automobile division of the Auburn Automobile Company for just a single year, the 812 evolved from the 810, the first front-wheel drive car equipped with an independent front suspension and built by an American automobile company. The 810/812 duo also featured weird eccentricities like hideaway headlights and variable-speed windshield wipers, and it was one of the first models offered with a radio as standard equipment. It looked the part of an odd duck as well, with a strange “coffin-nose” design led by a wraparound grille spread across the front fascia. Nevertheless, the car’s supercharged performance was undeniable, and thanks to the blown V-8 situated under the hood, the 812 was one of the fastest cars in the world during the pre-war time period.