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We own a 1975 GMC Sierra Grande 15 in Maine and a 1986 Chevrolet Custom Deluxe 10 in West Texas. Also a pair of 1997 Volvo 850 wagons. Average age in the fleet is 28 years--we're recycling. I've published 3 novels: THE LAW OF DREAMS (2006), THE O'BRIENS (2012), and CARRY ME (2016). Also 2 short story collections: NIGHT DRIVING(1987) and TRAVELLING LIGHT (2013). More of my literary life is at I was a Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study for 2012-13. I'm an adjunct professor at Colorado College and in the MFA program at Queens University of Charlotte. In 2015-16 I was a Fellow at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. The Autoliterate office is in Car Talk Plaza in Harvard Square, 2 floors above Dewey Cheatem & Howe. SUBSCRIBE TO THE AUTOLITERATE DAILY EMAIL by hitting the button to the right.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

1941 Graham Hollywood (For Sale!)

The Graham is for sale at Car Buffs of Concord, Calif. Give them a call 925-699-5398 and tell 'em Autoliterate sent ya.
 The '41 Graham Hollywood was powered by a 124 horsepower supercharged six. At 2,965 pounds riding on a 115 inch wheelbase, it had one of the best power-to-weight ratios of any American production car. 0-60 times were less than 15 seconds and the Hollywood had a top speed of over 100 miles per hour. Although at 191 inches, it was shorter than the Cord sedans, its low height for the period (61") made it appear long and sleek.

Unfortunately, the public didn't bite. Only a small number of these cars were produced. Hupmobile called it quits in the summer of 1940; Graham pressed on, introducing an improved '41 model and adding an unblown Hollywood priced at just $968. But, it was to no avail; Graham finally gave up the auto business in September 1940 after a short run of 1941 models.
The 1940-41 Graham Hollywood body from the cowl back is from the 1936-37 Cord 810/812 designed by Gordon Buehrig. Hood and front fenders designed by John Tjaarda. Approx. 1,400 produced in 1940, 400 in 1941. The car was originally equipped with a continental flathead 6 cylinder engine, some with supercharger. This car has a Ford 302 ci V-8 rebuilt in April, 2011 by Center Auto Machine Shop, 10th Avenue, Oakland, Ca.
Camshaft reground and polished, block bored .060 over, magnafluxed block and heads. New Edelbrock intake manifold and 4bbl carburetor, roller chain, oil pump, waterpump, freeze plugs, piston rings, electronic ignition, thermostat housing, upper and lower hoses, wire set, plugs, and Optima battery.  Ford Mustang independent front suspension with rack & pinion steering and power disc brakes. Ford 302 ci V-8 engine, Ford C-4 automatic transmission with Gennie 14" shifter, narrowed Ford 9" rearend. Stainless steel dual exhaust system. Wheel Vintiques 15" steel wheels, painted cream with orange stripe by Herb Martinez. Firestone radial tires 205/70 (front) 225/75 (rear).
The body is of "monocoque" design, has no ladder frame but has stub frames front and back to mount engine and running gear. Front "suicide" doors. Buehrig designed only one door for the car; the rear doors were cut to a template to accommodate the rear fender. 
The car is listed at $61,950. 
Thanks to Michael Moore for the heads-up on this one.

1 comment:

  1. Oh my...what an ugly car....You will have to just give it to me so I can drive it and take all the insults people will throw at it and me. That way you wont embarrass your self but I will instead. I will give you my address if you want so you can send me that terribly ugly car. LOL