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Graham Hollywood (1941)


Graham Hollywood (1941)

When Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg went out of the business in the late 1930s two companies battled to save the incredible Cord, and one of those was Graham-Paige. They took the front-wheel drive 810/812 and turned it into a rear-wheel drive before fitting their own restyled body called the Hollywood. They needed a new front axle to replace the driveshaft-equipped front-wheel drive set-up, so chose a simple but rather ancient (by then) beam axle on leaf springs, matched at the rear with leaf springs either end of a live axle. The ride offered was best cruising at speed, where the car was in a class of its own. The engine wasn't particularly large but with a supercharger, it did offer plenty of torque and the three-speed gearbox smoothed out its operation well. While the car seemed to offer an afterlife for the Cord, it was too costly to produce, and by late 1941 it was finished.

Graham Hollywood (1941) Specifications

Top speed:89 mph (142.4 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-96 km/h):14.6 sec
Engine type:In-line six
Displacement:218 ci (3,572 cc)
Transmission:3-speed manual
Max power:124 bhp (92 kW) @ 4,000 rpm
Max torque:182 lb ft (247 Nm) @ 2,400 rpm
Weight:3,240 lb (1,472 kg)
Economy: 17 mpg (6.01 km/I)
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