Duesenberg President Harold Ames is granted a patent on June 15, 1937, for the retractable headlights introduced on the Cord 810, a car designed by Gordon Buehrig.
The auto industry's first hidden headlights, along with a low profile and wraparound grille, gave the 1936 Cord 810 its unique style and influenced automotive design for years to come.
Car and Driver in 2014 called the Cord "quite possibly the coolest car you've never heard of."
While most cars still sat high up enough to require running boards at the time, the 810 was low and featured concealed door hinges. It was designed and engineered to be a lower-priced companion to the Duesenberg J.