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For Sale: 1941 Graham Hollywood in Saint Louis, Missouri


Vehicle Description

Graham-Paige Motors was founded in 1928 after the Graham Brothers shuttered their commercial vehicle business and purchased the foundering Paige automobile company. They made quite a name for themselves early on, producing highly stylish, well-built motorcars aimed at the competitive mid-market. Early Grahams proved their mettle at the race tracks of the world, including at storied venues like the Brooklands circuit, and the firm employed the likes of Ray Dietrich to fine tune the handsome styling. After initial success with cars like the Blue Streak, things went pear-shaped for Graham, and sales tapered off in the crowded market. When the new economy models failed to boost interest, Graham hoped to recapture some of their earlier magic with the introduction of a new design they dubbed the "Spirit of Motion" in 1938. Despite its powerful supercharged engine, the new car's radical styling, colloquially known as the "shark nose," made it a commercial failure, and sales plummeted. Desperate to save face, Graham partnered with Hupmobile in 1940 to produce the Cord 810/812-derived Hupmobile Skylark, as well as a Graham version, known as the Hollywood. The model utilized leftover Cord 810/812 tooling, but was modified with rear wheel drive and revised front-end styling by the respected John Tjaarda. Offering upwards of 125 horsepower from the optional supercharged Continental inline-six, the Hollywood had excellent performance and handsome styling, yet it ultimately failed to catch on, and just 1,860 were produced before Graham abandoned the project after just five-months and shifted to wartime production, ultimately selling the company to Joseph W. Frazer. This extremely rare supercharged Graham Hollywood Sedan is one of just 354 produced for the 1941 model year, including non-supercharged models. As one of fewer than 1,900 built in total, the Hollywood is considerably rarer than the Cord on which it is based. This is one of handful of surviving supercharged models, presented in honest, well-preserved condition, having been part of the Frank Kleptz collection since the late 1960s. This Graham holds the honorable distinction of being the very car that reignited Frank's passion for restoring cars, making it the symbolic cornerstone of his collection. Finished in metallic strawberry red over a maroon interior, it is a complete and sound car that could be returned to the road with relatively minor sorting, or serve as an excellent basis for a straightforward restoration. The semi-unitary body is in very good condition overall, and most of the unique exterior trim appears intact and serviceable. The L-head inline-six was designed and produced by Continental, who had previously built the Graham-designed eight-cylinder. Most of the correct fittings remain, including the original Graham/McCulloch centrifugal supercharger. Cursory checks have found the engine to be free, and it runs on a supplementary fuel supply, though will need further recommissioning. The Supercharged Graham Model 113 Hollywood is a fascinating footnote of the late pre-war era. A curious amalgam of outsourced design and engineering, the Hollywood was a last-ditch effort that ultimately failed to save its maker's fortunes. The futuristic styling proved popular with hot rodders, and unmolested examples are an increasingly rare sight today. This is a rare opportunity to acquire a well-preserved, top-spec Supercharged Hollywood to refurbish or restore to concours condition. Offers welcome and trades considered For additional details please view this listing directly on our website

Vehicle Details

  • 1941 Graham Hollywood
  • Listing ID:CC-1451731
  • Price:$29,500
  • Location:Saint Louis, Missouri
  • Year:1941
  • Make:Graham
  • Model:Hollywood
  • Odometer:0
  • Stock Number:6843
  • VIN:700992