Thursday, August 8, 2013

1941 Graham Hollywood

By 1940, the Graham Company of Detroit, Michigan was in deep financial troubles. They needed to redesign their current vehicle line but did not have the financial resources required to retool and produce new body dies. In an attempt to save their ailing business they purchased used body dies from the recently-defunct Huppmobile Company and created a new model called the Hollywood.

Interestingly, these body dies were purchased by Huppmobile from the defunct E.L. Cord Company who used these dies to produce the famous Cord Beverly sedan bodies in 1936 and 1937. Graham mounted the Cord-designed bodies on their existing chassis and modified the engines by adding a supercharger assembly. The frame was shortened from the cowl forward and new fenders, hood and front-end sheet metal were added, and the wheelbase was shortened to 115 inches, ten inches shorter than the Cord. Unfortunately, vehicle sales did not improve and the Graham ended vehicle production in late 1941.


Due to their very limited production, Graham vehicles are quite rare compared to other vehicles made during the same period. The Graham Hollywood model was produced in 1940 only and sold during 1940 and 1941. During these two years, less than 2600 models were built and sold. Of these, less than half were equipped with the factory installed supercharger.


This example of the Graham Hollywood is one of the few surviving examples sold in 1941 prior to the company going out of business and is equipped with the factory supercharger. It has recently been given a complete and thorough restoration to exacting standards and remains in superb condition today. Overall, this is likely the best restored example of a Graham Hollywood in existence. It has been meticulously maintained and used sparingly since the restoration was completed and remains pristine throughout.


There have been persistent rumors that as many as 5 Hollywood convertibles were built, but
this is the only one known to exist. There are some fuzzy pictures of a Sportster type (no
back seat) Hollywood that was supposed to have been junked in the early 70's by it's owner
in Massachusetts, but there has never been any way to corroborate this story.
Source: Internet