America circa 1940 was not exactly the best place to be selling cars. After over a decade of Depression and high unemployment, many automakers found themselves hanging on by the slimmest of profit margins. Where once there had been hundreds of independent automakers, there were now just a few dozen, among them Graham-Paige.
After their “shark nose styling” failed to produce the big sales Graham hoped, the dying automaker made one last attempt at remaining relevant, producing a car called the Hollywood using old dies borrowed from another defunct automaker, Cord. Old Cars Weekly reports that the last remaining convertible Graham Hollywood will make its first public appearance since 1952.
From the passenger compartment back, these “new” 1940 Graham Hollywoods were identical to the ‘37 Cords they were based off of. While several thousand sedan models were made before all automobile production was halted by the government, just a handful of convertibles were made. The sole remaining survivor was found in a garage by a lake house in 1963, and had been painted at least three times.
This old Graham has obviously seen better days, and as the last car of its kind, we think it deserves a complete and detailed restoration. Then again, maybe the patina is part of the charm. After 60 years in hiding, this last car of its kind will be on display at the Concours d’Elegance in Plymouth, Michigan this summer.