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Playing Through: 1931

Playing Through: 1931

        Our astute commenters have identified this racy roadster as a 1931 Cord L-29 Cabriolet passing the 18th hole at the Union League Club in Millbrae, San Mateo County.

San Francisco, 1931. "Cord roadster at golf course." Living it up in the depths of the Depression. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.


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Course location

My golf-course aficionado friends inform me that this is the 18th hole at Green Hills Country Club (500 Ludeman Lane, Millbrae CA), and that the course was then known as Union League. In 2007, the original clubhouse was demolished. See this Wikipedia article.

But where are they?

Based on the background, they need to be up near the North end of the city, what with there being land visible across a little bit of water. It could be the Lincoln Park Golf course near the Legion of Honor. There is a golf course in the Presidio, but it seems like it's too far from the water.

Yep, it strikes a Cord.

That's one beautiful automobile.

Worth a bit

A car of this year, make and model sold recently for $341,000. Not a bad investment, if you knew to do so.

Or a Cord

The car looks more like the 1931 Cord (built by the same company, Auburn, Cord, Duesenberg).

The L-29 Cord was famous as one of the first front wheel drive cars. The protruding bump under the grill covers the transmission, which was mounted in front of the engine. This was an expensive auto in its time and made even more famous by the later 810 model, which was noteworthy for its advanced and beautiful styling.

[I think Cord is correct. - Dave]

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