The three Graham brothers first established themselves as builders of solid, dependable trucks in the 1920s. In 1926 Ray, Joseph and Robert sold their profitable commercial truck business to the Dodge brothers.  Wanting to enter the car market the Graham brothers bought the ailing Paige-Detroit who had built up-market automobiles, but whose lower priced Jewett had done nothing to increase the company’s financial decline. Graham-Paige Motors Corporation was founded in 1927.

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With a line of eight-cylinder and six-cylinder cars G-P production reached 73,195 cars in 1928. Encouraged by the success of the current line-up, more eight-cylinder cars were added for 1929. Numerous international speed records were broken by G-P. Unfortunately the stock market crash hit G-P hard and sales fell to a mere 33,560 units in 1930 – less than half than that of the previous year.

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In 1933 the Grahams had begun experimenting with superchargers. A supercharged V8 was driven by Cannonball Baker from coast-to-coast in a recordbreaking 53.5 hours. In 1934 Graham introduced the supercharged engine in their Custom Eight. It was the first time a supercharged engine had been offered in the popular mid-priced field.

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The super-charger was very similar to a Duesenberg design with a large aluminum impeller and housing mounted horizontally just under the carburetor. The resultant increase of the added supercharger was nearly a third more horsepower from 95 to 135hp. In 1936 Graham dropped its eight-cylinder models in favor of sixes, including a supercharged version. Gone too, was the expensive “banjo frame” replaced by a more common side rail design.

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This stylish 1937 Graham Supercharged Business Coupe is believed to be a very original example with a mere 19,180 miles showing on its odometer. Fitted with Graham’s all-steel body, the panel fit remains in as good a condition as the day it left the factory in 1937.  The six-cylinder supercharged engine in this Business Coupe has never been apart, but the carburetor was recently rebuilt and a new exhaust was fitted. Inside, the original brown cloth interior has held-up to the test of time very well.  The stylish period dashboard contains all the original gauges – including the 120mph speedometer, and the factory banjo steering wheel also remains. This 1937 Graham Supercharged Business Coupe also features such amenities as dual horns, original wind wings, a factory installed heater, visors and a rear window roll-up window shade.

In the beginning, motorcars were simply a new mode of transportation that looked very much like the horse-drawn carriages they were designed to replace. In other words, motorcars were simply functional, but not especially stylish. Eventually, after they caught on, every aspect of an automobile was designed with appearance in mind, including the headlights. (more…)

The great state of Florida has taken over from Arizona as the epicenter of the Collector Car Universe, with 3 significant events this past weekend. (more…)

Ferraris on Top in Scottsdale

Posted by on Thursday, January 22, 2015 in Event Recap, News

The Scottsdale Auction results are now piling in, and after all the dust has settled, it appears that all of the major auction houses were able to post solid numbers in 2015. The $292 million dollar total is the high-water mark in the week’s history, and reflects 18% bump from last year’s record total and a robust 82% overall sell-through rate. RM’s sale of the 1964 Ferrari 250 LM at $9.6 million has been claimed as the highest single car price in Scottsdale history, but in fact, Barrett-Jackson drove much of the overall increase, with more days, more cars, and the Ron Pratte Collection contributing to their $131.9 Million total. 8 of the top 10 sales for the 2015 Scottsdale Auction Week were indeed Ferraris, with nary a big American Full Classic in sight. (more…)

1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4

Posted by on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 in Articles, Vehicle Spotlight

In late 1966, Ferrari used the Paris Motor Show to debut the latest development of its 275 GTB, the V-12 berlinetta that had been introduced to replace the long-running 250 series just two years earlier. With the addition of a second overhead camshaft to each cylinder bank, Ferrari squeezed one final iteration out of the venerable 60-degree, short-block Colombo motor that had powered the 250 and early 275 models, and in the process, they created the first dual overhead-cam engine ever used in a Ferrari road car. The new engine was equipped with six Weber carburetors, which was previously just an option on the single-cam motor, and its configuration distinguished itself by developing 20 horsepower more than the unit on which it was based. (more…)

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