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Throwback Thursday: Home built for auto heir Charles Cord lists at $3.989 million

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The Beverly Hills villa was built for Charles Cord, whose father was automaker E.L. Cord.

(Val Riolo)

This Beverly Hills home listed at $3.989 million was built for Charles Cord, the son of E.L. Cord, the maker of the classic automobile that bore his last name.

Built in 1947, the property has changed hands frequently over the years including in 2009 for $2.85 million, 2005 for $1.827 million, 2003 for $1.34 million and 1971 for $113,000.

Set behind remote-controlled twin gates, the Spanish-style house has room to park two cars in the oversized garage and another five on site. Built of concrete, the home is energy-efficient and nearly sound proof.

The palm-tree-shrouded villa has been remodeled to incorporate open plan living. Vaulted ceilings with exposed beams and living room and family room fireplaces retain the home’s early charm. There are four bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms.


The updated kitchen opens to an entertainment area with an outdoor fireplace and a built-in grill. Multilevel landscaping enhances the privacy of the third-acre lot.

Cords, known for their striking design and advanced mechanical features, fell victim to the Great Depression. Only about 2,320 were made before the parent company filed for bankruptcy in late 1937, according to

Chris Jacobs and Jeff Yarbrough of Keller Williams are the listing agents.

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