Concept Carz Home Concepts and PrototypesAbout Follow ConceptCarz on Facebook Follow ConceptCarz on Twitter RSS News Feed
 
 Automotive NewsArrow PictureRare 1940 Graham Hollywood Convertible Will Emerge at St. John's 
Rare 1940 Graham Hollywood Convertible Will Emerge at St. John'sAddThis Social Bookmark Button
Company press release.

Rare 1940 Graham Hollywood Convertible Will Emerge at St. John's  This 1940 Graham Hollywood Convertible, the only known surviving 2-passenger convertible, has not been seen since it went into storage in 1952.In 1963 while on vacation in Yarmouth, MA, Earl Parks was walking down Willow Street towards the beach, he spied what he thought was a Cord Convertible Coupe tucked away in a garage. He called his friend, Al San Clemente, who was a collector of Cords. Al told Earl to photograph the car and get the owner's phone number. Ultimately, even though the car wasn't a Cord, Al purchased the car.

The serial number of this car indicates that it was the very first Graham Hollywood produced. From the firewall back, the frame and body are identical to the Cord 810/812 Convertible Coupe. The primary difference being the transmission tunnel and bump for the differential. Besides the original leather interior, there are other differences from the sedan including a chrome plated steering column, Cord Convertible windshield wipers and an accessory heater. Although period advertisements mention a 2-passenger 'sportster' with an 'automatic' roof, this car's roof assembly and deck are identical to Cord.

The original paint code for the car was maroon, but it seems the car was painted at least three times prior to 1950: first maroon, then yellow and finally a dark green. The owner believes the car was painted a number of times by the factory for show purposes.

Another point of interest is that the car seems to have been sold as a 1941. The paperwork from the early 1950s lists it as a 1941 although the serial number certainly makes it a 1940. Graham/Hupp historians theorize that either the factory did not finish the car until the 1941 cars were rolling off the assembly line, or it was held and sold with the 1941s.

The earliest history of the car has yet to be discovered. Louis Handler of Handler Auto Parts owned it in 1949. In 1950, Elizabeth M. Keveney of nearby Yarmouth, MA purchased the car and removed the rear deck and placed a small wooden bench seat behind the front seat for children to sit upon. The car was briefly used for beach trips before it was stored in the family's garage on Willow Street. Now our story has made full circle to its discovery.

Don't miss the opportunity to see this important, Historical Preservation of Original Features (HPOF) car in the Cord Cousins Class at the Concours d'Elegance of America on Sunday, July 29 at The Inn at St. John's in Plymouth, MI. The show is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. General admission is $25 and includes free parking, shuttle and Souvenir Program Book

 RM Auctions - Concours d'Elegance at St. Johns
A rare 1932 Packard Twin Six Individual Custom Convertible Sedan delivered new to famed American entertainer Al Jolson for $6,600, broke the magic million-dollar mark at RM Auctions' St. John's sale in Plymouth, Michigan, selling for $1,100,000 before a packed house.

One of just two built and virtually unseen for nearly half a century, the sporting Packard with coachwork by Dietrich spurred a lively bidding war in the room and on the phones to achieve the top-sale of the day. A total of 70 automobiles were presented during the four-hour auction, generating over $7.6 million* in sales with ....
 Concours d'Elegance of America at St. John's
More than 10.000 visitors came to see the Concours of America at the new venue at the Inn at St. John's in Plymouth after decades at Meadow Brook Hall. And what a difference it made! The new space allowed for no less than 331 cars to be displayed on the generous field in almost two dozen classes. The well deserved winners of the first of many Concours' of America at St. John's were John D. Groendyke, who won 'Best of Show Domestic' with his fabulous 1933 Duesenberg SJ and well-known collectors Arturo and Deborah Keller with their breathtaking black 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Autobahnkurier, whic....

   Recent Articles
BILL WARNER IS RRDC'S 2014 BOB AKIN AWARD WINNER

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 22, 2015) - Bill Warner, best known as the force behind the hugely successful Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance since 1996, received the 2014 Bob Akin Award from the Road Racing Drivers Club at a dinner prior to the running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona, the season opener of the 2015 TUDOR SportsCar Championship.

Each recipient of this honor, considered the top award in motorsports for amateur, vintage/historic or semi-professional drivers, is selected by Akin's ....
RK Motors Charlotte Acquires Iconic '66 Le Mans-Winning P/1064 GT40

Historic Racecar Undergoes 20-Month Restoration That Will Culminate With Appearance at 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance

CHARLOTTE (January 20, 2015) — RK Motors Charlotte today announced it has purchased one of motorsports history's most iconic racecars – the 1966 LeMans-winning #2, P/1064 GT40, the first American-built car to win endurance racing's most prestigious competition.

The company also revealed a comprehensive, 20-month restoration has begun, culminating with....
Historic 1964 Ferrari 250 LM Races to an Impressive $9.6 Million as Records Tumble at RM's Arizona Sale

• RM Auctions achieves its strongest performance to date in Arizona: $63.7 million in total sales with 90 percent of all lots sold
• 1964 Ferrari 250 LM achieves $9.6 million to secure the title as the most valuable automobile sold in Arizona auction history
• 17 motor cars achieve million-dollar-plus results with numerous new auction records established
• RM's 2015 calendar continues in Paris, February 4, and Amelia Island, Florida, March 14

PHOENIX, Arizona (January 18, 2015)
– RM....
THE McLAREN P1 GTR TO DEBUT AT GENEVA

◾Production-intent model to premiere at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show
◾In excess of 700 PS per tonne power-to-weight ratio achieved through motorsport-derived weight-saving and powertrain optimisation
◾Testing continues at global circuits in Europe and the Middle East
◾High definition video shows the latest stages in the McLaren P1™GTR development programme at: http://youtu.be/4pDwmMruOtA

The development programme for the most powerful and most exclusive McLaren model to-date has been stepped....
Ferraris Take Center Stage at 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance

Additional Features Range from Early Popes to Mercury Customs

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (January 8, 2015)
-- Ferraris return to compete on the 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links this August 16 when the marque of the Prancing Horse takes center stage at the 65th annual Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.

'Our plans to feature Ferrari have been many years in the making,' said Concours Chairman Sandra Button. 'But it seems particularly appropriate to be showcasing this marque n....
Le Mans Winning Ferrari 275 GTB at The Scottsdale Auction

An historic 1966 Ferrari 275 Gran Turismo Berlinetta Competizione Scaglietti which was class winner at the 1967 Le Man 24 Hours, the 1969 Spa-Francorchamps 1000 Km, and the 1969 Imola 500 Km under the Swiss Scuderia Filipinetti team has joined the impressive early consignments for Bonhams Scottsdale Auction.

The auction will take place on 15 January 2015 at the luxurious Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona.

From the day it was delivered to legendary race-team owner, Georges....
The myth of the auction room

Who will be the lucky new owner of the 1967 Le Mans winner?

Maranello, 2th January 2015 – The new year begins with a celebration of the past. On January 15th, the most eagerly-awaited car at the Bonhams sales in Scottsdale goes under the hammer. It is, of course, the 11th 275 GTB Competizione of just 12 built by Maranello in 1966. Built specifically for the great GT races of the day, it was given a lighter chassis than the traditional 275, larger double fuel tanks and a new engi....
Barn Find Sawyer's Sandhills Museum Collection Slated for Worldwide Auctioneers 14th Annual The Houston Classic Auction

Auburn, IN. December 10th, 2014. Worldwide Auctioneers announced today that a remarkable and long concealed assortment of pre-war, brass era and steam-powered motorcars from the Sawyer's Sandhills Museum Collection will go under the hammer at its 14th annual The Houston Classic Auction. The collection features a fascinating group of rare and venerable motorcars that have been untouched since the mid 1990s, when the Nebraska museum closed its doors for the last time. All ten of the vehicle....
2014 Infiniti Q60 Bobby Unser Edition
2014 Infiniti Q60 Bobby Unser Edition  2014 Infiniti Q60 Bobby Unser Edition  2014 Infiniti Q60 Bobby Unser Edition  2014 Infiniti Q60 Bobby Unser Edition  2014 Infiniti Q60 Bobby Unser Edition  
2014 McLaren P1 GTR Design Concept
2014 McLaren P1 GTR Design Concept  2014 McLaren P1 GTR Design Concept  2014 McLaren P1 GTR Design Concept  2014 McLaren P1 GTR Design Concept  2014 McLaren P1 GTR Design Concept  
2014 Saleen FOURSIXTEEN
2014 Saleen FOURSIXTEEN  2014 Saleen FOURSIXTEEN  2014 Saleen FOURSIXTEEN  2014 Saleen FOURSIXTEEN  2014 Saleen FOURSIXTEEN  
2013 Dodge Viper GTS Launch Edition
2013 Dodge Viper GTS Launch Edition  2013 Dodge Viper GTS Launch Edition  2013 Dodge Viper GTS Launch Edition  2013 Dodge Viper GTS Launch Edition  2013 Dodge Viper GTS Launch Edition  
2013 Ford GTR1
2013 Ford GTR1  2013 Ford GTR1  2013 Ford GTR1  2013 Ford GTR1  2013 Ford GTR1  
2013 McLaren MP4-12C SPIDER
2013 McLaren MP4-12C SPIDER  2013 McLaren MP4-12C SPIDER  2013 McLaren MP4-12C SPIDER  2013 McLaren MP4-12C SPIDER  2013 McLaren MP4-12C SPIDER  
2012 Bentley Mulsanne Convertible Concept
2012 Bentley Mulsanne Convertible Concept  2012 Bentley Mulsanne Convertible Concept  2012 Bentley Mulsanne Convertible Concept  2012 Bentley Mulsanne Convertible Concept  
1972 BMW Turbo Concept
1972 BMW Turbo Concept  1972 BMW Turbo Concept  1972 BMW Turbo Concept  1972 BMW Turbo Concept  1972 BMW Turbo Concept  
1971 Porsche 911
1971 Porsche 911  1971 Porsche 911  1971 Porsche 911  1971 Porsche 911  1971 Porsche 911  
1965 Aston Martin DB5
1965 Aston Martin DB5  1965 Aston Martin DB5  1965 Aston Martin DB5  1965 Aston Martin DB5  1965 Aston Martin DB5