Introduced in 1929, the new Front Wheel Drive Cord L-29 featured a low silhouette on a 137.5” wheelbase. The sleek boat-tail speedster design was introduced to the public in January, 1931 to motivate additional sales. The car’s design elements included aircraft inspired “pontoon fenders”, a steeply-raked v-shaped windshield and streamlined teardrop-shaped covers on the door hinges. The finished car was introduced as the “LaGrande” Speedster. Following the New York Salon, the “La Grande” was shown in Toronto, Canada and then toured Cord dealerships in North America. It was returned to the factory to be freshened for a trip to France where it received a first place award at the Paris Concours d’Elegance. Over a period of time and many showings the vehicle disappeared and was “lost forever”.