1941 Graham Hollywood SedanSOLD
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Estimate: $60,000-$80,000 US

Offered Without Reserve

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $85,800

120bhp, 217.8 cu. in. L-head inline supercharged six-cylinder engine, Marvel carburetor, three-speed transmission, hypoid rear axle gearing and four-wheel hydraulic brakes. Wheelbase: 115"

The Graham-Paige marque was introduced to the automobile business in 1928. The three Graham brothers were well respected in Detroit, establishing themselves as the builders of fine trucks following World War I. After selling that company to the Dodge brothers in 1926, they acquired the faltering Paige-Detroit Motor Car Company to enter automobile manufacturing. After 1930, the company became known solely as Graham, and although the firm struggled to survive during the Depression, throughout those ensuing years Graham established a reputation for excellent performance.

In 1934, the first supercharged Graham appeared, modeled on the highly successful Duesenberg unit. Graham-powered race cars competed at Indy, while Graham automobiles set speed and hillclimb records. Graham supercharged engines were sold to England for use in the Lammas sports touring cars and to France’s Voisin to power the Type C-30.

Despite these successes, sales continued to dwindle and when the public reaction to the radical-looking Sharknose Graham proved disastrous, the company entered an agreement to build the Hupmobile Skylark for the struggling firm in return for allowing them to build their own version. Both cars were based on the Cord 810/812 dies that Hupp had purchased from E. L. Cord’s company when it went into receivership. The Sharknose was soon dropped following the introduction of the more stylish Graham Hollywood. The Hollywood was available in both supercharged and naturally-aspirated form.

Graham did more than just change the Cord from front-wheel drive to rear-wheel drive, affix the headlamps to the fenders and redesign the nose. The bodywork was all-new from the cowl forward, and overall the Graham was 10 inches shorter with a shortened frame at the front.

The product of a four-year intensive restoration, the 1941 Graham Hollywood Sedan pictured here is fitted with the very desirable 120hp supercharged engine. Finished by its previous owner, the Graham was added to the McMullen Collection in 2005 and remains in well-preserved condition today. Painted in a unique color combination of metallic blue with a metallic silver top, these colors are carried through to the interior trim and upholstery. The Graham is a fine running and driving example, it has never competed at show and with just a little attention, could do impressively well at a number of highly competitive events.

Reference Number 8690

as of 4/18/2007

Car 1941 Graham Hollywood Sedan
VIN 9103151900096 
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