Princeton, NJ. Automobile Quarterly Publications, 1984. First edition, Limited. Hardcover. Signed by author on colophon. 1887/2500. Oblong Quarto. 279 (1)pp. Original light brown leather with gilt Cord emblem on cover, gilt lettering on spine, housed in original leather clamshell box with gilt lettering on cover. Gilt edges. Stiff tan endpapers with Cord emblem in brown with embossed frame. Title page printed in two variant browns with single black frame.
Cord was a race car driver, mechanic and car salesman before starting his ascent to become one of the leading figures in United States transport, founding the Cord Corporation, controlling the Auburn Automobile Company, Duesenberg Inc., Checker Cab and other as well as various airlines. This biography of E. L. Cord is beautifully illustrated with sepia-toned and b/w personal photographs, extensive color photographs of car models, airplanes, production facilities, plans and technical drawings. Contains extensive subject and illustration index, and photographic credits at rear. Clamshell box with light wear and staining. Minor foxing to foredge. Box in good+, binding and interior in very good to near fine condition. g+ to near fine. Item #47060