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In September of 1940 the Graham-Paige Company switched production to military items in support of the World War II effort. After the war, in 1946, the company resumed the production of automobiles. Their new car, the Frazer, was named in honor of Joseph Washington Frazer, the president of the Graham-Paige Company.

In 1945 the Henry J. Kaiser and Frazer became the owners of the Graham-Paige assets and became known as the Kaiser-Frazer. Graham's facilities were sold to the Chrysler Corporation.

Graham-Paige went into the real estate building. In 1962 the company changed its name to the Madison Square Garden Corporation.

For 1941 the Graham Company offered two models though they were nearly identical. The models were the Hollywood Custom Supercharged and the Custom Hollywood. Both rode on a 115 inch wheelbase and offered as a four-door sedan. Both were powered by a 217.8 cubic-inch six-cylinder engine and both had a bore of 3.25 inch and a stroke of 4.38 inch. The differences were obvious due to the description of the model, a supercharger. Without the supercharger the horsepower out was 95 but with it horsepower rose to 124.

By Daniel Vaughan | Aug 2006
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The Graham Company entered into a contract with Hupmobile in 1940 to build a car called the Skylark. Hupmobile soon went out of business which left Graham with a production line set up. The company renamed the car the Graham Hollywood and continued production.

From the cowl back, the car is based on the 1936-37 Cord. Hupmoible had purchased the body dies from the Auburn automobile Company which had gone out of business. Many changes from the Cord were implemented, including a redesigned front end and the conversion from front-wheel drive to rear-wheel drive.

There were 1,859 examples of the Hollywood built with the majority being fitted with a supercharger. Some of the Hollywood cars were raced, and with a power-to-weight ratio that was unmatched, many drivers found success including Bill France, the father of NASCAR.

The supercharged six-cylinder engine produced 124 horsepower and rested on a 115-inch platform. the car weighs just 2,365 pounds and sold for $1,250 when new.

By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2010
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This car is the only known Graham Hollywood convertible known to exist and was originally driven by the son of company founder Robert Graham.

The unibody Graham was equipped with a supercharged 217 cubic-inch 6-cylinder engine offering 120 horsepower and, with a weight of only 3,000 lbs., offered the highest power-to-weight ratio of any 1941 American car.

The body of this Graham Hollywood was built using the dies used to build the 1936-37 Cord. These cars were not built very long. The Graham company shut down production in September of 1940 and never resumed.
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The current owner acquired this car from the granddaughter of Joe Graham, one of the original Graham brothers.
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