Modelo : Classic Cord
The Classic Cord is one of the signature CIPSA castings. It has been found in four colors,all with white interiors. Several examples with white roofs are believed to original roofs.
Only a few of the known Classic Cords are in excellent condition, most are beaters. Due to its popularity, there have been incidents of undisclosed repair to some pieces.
Due to the poor assembly methods, the hoods and motors are often missing. White roofs and blue windshields are being reproduced so collectors should be wary of purportedly complete examples.
All CIPSA Classic Cords are made with US bases, dated 1970.
- Mustard Yellow Enamel
- Metallic Green
- Metallic Red
- Metallic Blue
- Medium Caps in front
- Large Caps in rear
- White Interior
- White Roof
The Classic Cord was the first CIPSA car to draw the attention of the collecting community. The now classic CIPSA color of mustard yellow enamel paint and white interior presented quite a
conundrum to the collecting community. The Cord first example of the Classic Cord appeared at the Hot Wheels Convention in 2001. A well known collector had found it at a swap meet in San Diego.
He did not know what to make of it, and so was showing around to get opinions. Many experienced collectors inspected it closely and could find no evidence of tampering, however, no one had
an explanation. Not until 2004 did the story unfold.
Classic Cord Paint Colors : All four colors of the CIPSA Classic Cord.
Classic Cord US Base
Typical Beater Classic Cord : Most Cords are found with no hood, motor, roof or windshield. All four pieces are now reproduced.
First Known Classic Cord Jack Kay's San Diego Swap Meet Find
Reproduction Parts : A similar Cord fitted with a reproduction top, incorrect glass and donor parts for the hood and motor.
Classic Cord in Mustard Yellow
This Classic Cord is believed to be all original. It was purchased in a lot of four near mint cars from Mexico in 2006, before the reproduction parts were available.
Classic Cord in Red : With incorrect glass, probable replacement hood, motor and roof. Note the unusual shiny motor and hood paint.
Classic Cord in Blue
Classic Cord in Green : This Classic Cord is also believed to be all original
As of 2016, about 20 total Classic Cords are known. Many are in poor condition and many have been "upgraded" with reproduction parts.
Click on the Classic Cord Registry Link to see all known examples of this iconic casting.
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