Sold for $770,000 at 2017 RM Auctions
Joseph, Robert and Ray Graham introduced their automobile in 1927, but in 1938 they showed their most striking design, the 'Spirit of Motion,' better known today as the 'Shark-Nose Graham.' This unusual car is one of a pair of supercharged Model 97 Grahams bodied by Saoutchik. Among its many unique features are parallel opening doors and a short, swept-back chrome-framed folding windscreen.
Both Saoutchik-bodied Grahams were displayed at the 1938 Paris Salon, with this example being the more 'special' of the pair. It had a folding windshield and cantilevered doors. It was shown again at the Faire de Lyon in March of 1939.
It was ordered by Maurice Reb and was first shown at the 1938 Prix d'Avant-Garde at the Foire de Lyon in France. Monsieur Reb joined the French Army in 1939 and, with his car, was assigned as driver to General Alphonse Pierre Juin while stationed in Algiers. Late in 1940, Reb returned the car to Algiers and around this time, it was converted to run on coal gas due to wartime fuel supply restrictions. Reb sold the Graham to the Army in late 1942, who then put a military vehicle gas engine in the car. It remained there for two more year and was used as a staff car during that time.
After its service in 1944, the Graham was sold to an American Chrysler employee, Thomas Demetry, from the French Army Service of Supply, and taken to Michigan. It was later traded among enthusiasts in Michigan until 1966, when it was sold by Morley Murphy to William Harrah for his Nevada museum.
Edmund Kowalski acquired it in 1981 from one of the Harrah's Automobile Collection dispersal auctions and set about restoring it, hoping to show it at Pebble Beach. Sadly he has passed away, before the restoration was finished. The current caretakers acquired it in 2013, and completed its restoration. Around half of the body wood was replaced during the restoration due to dry rot, however the majority of the body sheetmetal was able to preserved. The complete electrical system was rebuilt to function correctly, including the original tube-type AM radio. A period-correct engine and supercharger were rebuilt. Much of the interior trim work was missing. Molds were made and the plastics for the instrument panel were cast using the original swirled two-tone colors.
In 2015, it was shown at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, the first time the car had been shown since its debut in France. It was awarded 2nd in Class. Also in 2015 it was shown at the Cobble Beach Concours d'Elegance in Ontario, Canada where it was judged Best of Show. It has also been accepted by the Classic Car Club of America as a Full Classic.
|PEBBLE BEACH AWARD-WINNING COACHBUILT FERRARI LEADS IMPRESSIVE STABLE OF PRANCING HORSES CONSIGNED FOR BONHAMS QUAIL LODGE AUCTION|
|• Select consignments are now being accepted to join the confirmed roster of top-tier entries|
Bonhams' renowned mid-August auction at Quail Lodge in Carmel, California, just added another star to its constellation of consignments: a 1951 Ferrari 212 Inter Cabriolet by Vignale.
With a description that commands superlatives, this authentic, rare, gorgeous, fast and fun sports car is truly extraordinary. The first of only four models bodied by Vignale, the matching numbers convertible ...[Read more...]
|RM Sotheby's to Shine Spotlight on Striking Pair of Italian Prototypes in Monterey|
|• RM Sotheby's prepares for triumphant return to Monterey, California, August 14-15
• The pinnacle of collector car auctions, multi-day sale to lift gavel on approximately 150 blue-chip collector cars
• Early highlights include a pair of Italian-built prototypes: the first Maserati Ghibli Spyder, and the original U.S.-specification Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Prototype
• Additional early attractions include a 1976 Lamborghini Countach LP 400 'Periscopio'; a rare 1973 Nissan Skyline H/T 2000GT-R...[Read more...]|
|1960 FERRARI 400 SUPERAMERICA SWB CABRIOLET HEADLINES STUNNING LIST OF EUROPEAN SPORTS-TOURING CARS AT RM'S AMELIA ISLAND SALE|
|• RM Auctions announces additional highlights for its Amelia Island, Florida sale, March 14
• Recent entries led by a 1960 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB Cabriolet, one of the most valuable automobiles ever offered during the Amelia Island weekend
• The official auction of the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, single-day RM sale lifts gavel more than 90 automobiles
• Premier offerings showcased at http://m.rmauctions.com
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|ALL-ORIGINAL FERRARI 365 GTB/4 DAYTONA TO BE OFFERED BY ITS FIRST AND ONLY OWNER AT RM'S AMELIA ISLAND SALE|
|• RM Auctions presents the 'Condo Find Daytona' at its Amelia Island, Florida sale, March 14
• Offered on behalf of its original owner, the Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona recently emerged from 25 years storage in downtown Toronto
• The official auction of the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, RM sale also lifts the gavel on a spectacular 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Aravis Cabriolet, which was judged 'Best of Show' at Amelia Island in 2012
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|RECORD DAY AT BONHAMS GREENWICH AUCTION|
|(June 2, 2014) Greenwich, CT – Standing room only crowds packed the Bonhams tent at the 7th annual Greenwich collector motorcar auction with the sale totaling in excess of $8 million dollars—besting last year's record breaking total by over 40%, with over 93% of lots offered finding new homes. The capacity crowd grew nearly silent as the catalog cover lot, a 1975 Lamborghini Countach LP 400 'Periscopica', sold for over $1.2 million dollars to a bidder seated in the front of the room, beat...[Read more...]|