1938 Graham Model 97 news, pictures, specifications, and information
Convertible
Coachwork: Saoutchik
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. 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. After its service, the Graham was sold to Thomas Demetry and taken to Michigan. William Harrah bought it in the 1950s, then Edmund Kowalski acquired it in 1981 and set about restoring it, hoping to show it at Pebble Beach. Sadly he has passed away, before the restoration was finished. 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.
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