1941 Graham Custom Hollywood Supercharged Sedan
Sold For $41,800Inclusive of applicable buyer's fee.
Model 113. 120 bhp, 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 in.
• Concours-quality restoration; AACA Senior Award winner in 2004
• Estimated to be one of 350 produced in 1941
• Legendary styling courtesy of the Cord 810/812 body dies
Graham added supercharged models to the lineup in 1935; in 1938, Graham unveiled its “Spirit of Motion” cars with distinctive sharknose styling. The public thought this was too radical and sales faltered. Desperate to succeed, Graham tried one more time in 1940, with the Hollywood using the Cord 810/812 body dies that Hupp purchased from the receivers of the E.L. Cord empire. The Hupmobile Company was in even more dire straits than Graham, and the deal involved Graham building the Cord-derived Skylark for Hupp and simultaneously receiving the rights to build its own similarly-designed Hollywood.
The sharknose Grahams continued for 1940, alongside the supercharged Hollywood sedan priced at $1,250. Just a few months passed and the sharknose was dropped, with the Hollywood continuing in both supercharged and unsupercharged versions. On July 1, 1940, Graham shut down its assembly line for ten days. When production resumed, it was to build 1941 models. Aside from a $185 price reduction, a four horsepower increase, and a few minor color and trim changes, the cars were basically unchanged. Through September 3, 1940, when the factory closed for good, it is estimated that 1,378 Hollywoods were produced, including approximately 350 of the 1941 models.
This rare and beautifully restored Graham Hollywood was restored by Tom Zitkus in the early-2000s. Attesting to the quality of the work, it received its AACA First Junior in 2003 at Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and its AACA Senior Award in Hagerstown, Maryland, in 2004. It is painted a handsome two-tone combination with a taupe cloth interior and subtle contrasting welting. It has been carefully stored and used sparingly since restoration. Its chassis, engine, and under-hood detailing appear as nice as the exterior.