Beneath the imposing exterior of most grand classics, you’ll find a design reminiscent of ordinary cars from that era, but with more cylinders, power, and higher quality. However, the Cord L-29 took a different path. It combined a conventional 298-cubic-inch Lycoming L-head inline-eight engine with a groundbreaking front-wheel drive system inspired by Harry Miller’s Indianapolis racecars.
This innovative front-drive setup not only offered novelty but also benefited stylists. Without the need for a long driveshaft, designers like the renowned Alan Leamy were able to create low, sleek coachwork with striking proportions, all while maintaining ample cabin space and comfort.