|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.
|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....
|Automobiles with Exceptional Provenance Highlight Gooding & Company's Pebble Beach AuctionsSANTA MONICA, Calif. (July 10, 2014) – Gooding & Company, celebrated for its world-class automotive auctions and record-breaking results, will begin its second decade as the official auction house of the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance® on August 17 and 18. Gooding & Company is pleased to share a hand selected group of consignments from our Pebble Beach Auctions with exceptional provenance. Exciting entries include an extremely rare 1939 Alfa Romeo Tipo 256 Cabriolet with spectacular one....|
|Looks, Rarity, Performance: The Ultimate Connoisseur's Ferrari at RM Monterey...LOOKS, RARITY, PERFORMANCE: THE ULTIMATE CONNOISSEUR'S FERRARI, 275 GTB/C SPECIALE HEADLINES RM AUCTIONS' FLAGSHIP MONTEREY SALE|
• RM Auctions offers the first of only three 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciales, chassis 06701, at its flagship Monterey, California sale, August 15-16
• With its two sibling cars unlikely to ever become available, 06701's offering is a historic and unrepeatable opportunity to acquire one of the world's most important automobiles
• Exceptional 275 GTB/C Speci....
|TATRA UNSEEN FOR DECADES BEGINS LONG JOURNEY FROM CZECH REPUBLIC TO PEBBLE BEACHPebble Beach Concours d'Elegance to Feature Streamlined Tatras for First Time|
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (July 16, 2014) -- This past week Pavel Kasik bid farewell to his beloved Tatra T77 only days after completing its 20-year restoration. The Tatra started its overseas journey of 4,279 miles from the Czech Republic to the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, which will host an exclusive feature of streamlined Tatra automobiles for the first time. A passionate car enthusiast, Kasik will....
|Two Iconic Maseratis Featured in Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion PosterMONTEREY, CALIF., July 16, 2014 — Two of the arguably most iconic Maserati race cars ever constructed served as the inspiration for this year's Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion poster art that was revealed today: The Maserati Tipo 61 and 250F Grand Prix car. Maserati is the featured marque of the historic motorsport gathering which will commemorate its centennial.|
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca official artist Bill Patterson elegantly combined the two cars into one collage, which was not....
|1954 Ferrari 375 MM Spider To Be Offered At Auction By Mecum In Monterey0362AM Comes to Market Aug. 16 for the First Time in 46 Years |
Walworth, WI - July 3, 2014 -- A remarkable lineup of headliners including world-class vintage racers, European sports cars and more is set to rock the Mecum auction block at this year's Daytime Auction in Monterey, Calif., Aug. 14-16. Among the 750 classic and collector cars to be auctioned, marques from around the world will be represented with offerings from Ferrari, Porsche, McLaren, Mercedes-Benz, Duesenberg an....
|Mecum Hits East Coast with 1,000 Collector Cars and Vintage Motorcycles in HarrisburgAuction Slated for July 24-27 at Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center |
Walworth, WI - July 9, 2014 -- Mecum Auctions, the largest collector car auction company in the world, will conduct its first-ever auction in Harrisburg this July 24-27 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center with an estimated 1,000 collector cars expected to cross the auction block Thursday through Saturday and 200 motorcycles on Sunday.
Featured consignments include a well-docume....
|Keeneland Concours d'Elegance Celebrates 10th AnniversaryLEXINGTON, KY – JULY 9, 2014 – Winners from the previous Keeneland Concours d'Elegance will return to celebrate the event's 10th anniversary on Saturday, July 19.|
Launched in 2004, the Keeneland Concours has become a highlight of the summer season in Lexington, and has been recognized as one of America's premiere concours. The event is consistently ranked as a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society as well as a Top 10 Festival by the Kentucky Travel Industry Association.
|THE HAWK WITH BRIAN REDMAN VINTAGE RACING CLASSIC RETURNS TO ROAD AMERICA- One of the Largest Vintage Race Events Recalls a Sensational Era -|
ELKHART LAKE, Wis., July 9, 2014 - Vintage racing enthusiasts are already beginning their annual trek back to Road America to celebrate the beauty and performance of some of the world's greatest racecars during The HAWK with Brian Redman vintage racing classic, July 17-20.
For those unaware, The HAWK with Brian Redman is one of the largest vintage race events in the United States. With over 50 different cl....