Friday, July 3, 2015

'37 Cord Replica: 1968 Samco Warrior

If you are a 20-something who wears a bow tie, people are going to (appropriately) dismiss you as a hipster douche bag or a pedophile (PeeWee Herman, we are looking at you), but if you are an old geezer wearing a bow tie (e.g. Colonel Sanders), you can pull it off, but not because it was cool when you were young -- after all, the bow tie went out of fashion about the same time as bayonets.  The same principle applies to custom cars; build a '37 Cord replica from ReplicarsRUs in your backyard and you are gonna get ridiculed, but pick up a replica from the 60s...that just might be cool.  Find this 1968 Samco Warrior here on eBay bidding for $10,001 with less than one day to go, located in Hershey, PA.

According to the carcheologists at the Samco Warrior was a product of William P Lear, father of the LearJet.  Lear and a Tulsa businessman by the name of Howard Williams pooled their expertise and resurrected what was left of Cord Automobile Company under the name Sports Automobile Manufacturing Company (SAMCO).  From 1968 through 1970 the new company pushed out approximately 400 new cars from their Mannford, Oklahoma workshop.  These were hardly the garage built piles of junk you expect from the average kit car.

The Warrior was available with either a Ford 302 or Chrysler 440 Magnum V8. This one has the 5.0 liter Ford V8 equipped with a 4-bbl carburetor which is good for about 230 SAE gross horsepower. 

The inside looks like something you'd expect from the 60s, which isn't a bad thing and it will probably drive about like a 60s car too -- again, not a bad thing.

See a cooler piece of kit from the 60s?


  1. Hmmm...what's it got underneath for a chassis? Those wheels just don't work on that car...

  2. I think the "ersatz"(not sure of the spelling) headers should be functional, and i cant believe im about to call a rwd vehicle wrong wheel drive!

  3. Shoot. I was really hoping those dryer hoses led somewhere more interesting than 3" inside the bonnet.

  4. Peewee was no pedo to be fair. He was wanking like everyone else in a theatre when five, yes five, undercover cops arrested him.

    1. I was just coming here to say the same thing.

  5. Gee, I wanted to dislike this car, but I don't. The shape is really appealing. This is an early SAMCO model, which has the hidden headlights. That is a real plus as far as being a proper tribute to the original Cord.

    The damaged engine should make this a good deal for someone. After all, you don't have to be a Rocket Surgeon to rebuild a Ford 302.....

  6. The wheels are in concept look like the originals. Why can't they do the wheel wells right when they make a replica?

    1. The original Cords ran around on 16in wheels with big balloon tires, by the time this thing was built Detroit had mostly scaled everything down to 14in wheels and much smaller diameter tires. I'm sure you could find something out there that'd be a closer to scale fit, I'm assuming that this was a continuation of the 8/10 scale replica from the early '60s so even fat 15s might be closer.

      Speaking of the body material used on was a clever multilayer vinyl-clad ABS material but the company that owns the process has decided that it's no longer profitable to make for the one application it found in the past fifty years:


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