Detailed description of the different Autocord models

The Autocords are all alike. However, some details make it possible to differentiate them.

A first analysis makes it possible to define four main groups : the A, the L, the RG and the I.

Several models are widespread while others remain uncommon or not found.

 

The list is not chronological, you'll find the chronology futher down this page.
The first model of each group is completely described.
For the following ones, the description in green resumes the changes compared with the precedent model or with one quoted specifically.

 

Important :

Informations about the Autocord are poor on the WEB. I never found any site to give complete, official informations.

Only Clayton Rye's site (www.wctatel.net/web/crye/a-cord.htm) had a models listing.

Some sites tell about 17 models or more (camerapedia.wikia.com), others tell about 24 (tlr-camera.com).

As following Minolta one different detail makes a new model. Time gave me the opportunity to find more then 24 different models.

These are the reasons why I arbitrarily give unofficial names to some models I discovered throughout my research.

For those, title is written in blue while remaining logical.

I have separated the different models into several pages for clarity. What do you think? What should I change to improve?

To the models :

Chronology of the Autocord models.

Model

A

MXV

MXV-2

L

A-2

RA

RA-2

L-2

export

L-MX

L-MX-2

L-3

export-2

RI

RG

RG-2

RG-2.1

MXV-3

RG-3

RG-3.1

I

CDS I

II

CDS II

III

CDS III

Period

1955 - 56

1955

1955 - 60

1955 - 59

1956 - 59

1957

1957 - 60

1957 - 59

1958 - 60 (+ 1964)

1958 - 59

1958 - 59

1958

1959

1961

1961 - 62

1962 - 63

1962

1962

1963 - 64

1964

1965

1965

1965

1965

1966

1966