Alternative gear shift levers through the years

1938 Cord transmission lever b

Cord gear shift lever

1936-1938 Cord models were equipped with front-wheel-drive and a transmission placed in front of the engine – a location which was impossible to reach with manual linkages. Instead, moving the shift lever into each gear simply triggers electrical switches which, in turn, control a vacuum system that actually positions gears within the transmission when the clutch pedal is depressed.

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