1939 Graham Series 97 Supercharged Sharknose Sedan
Seldomseen car from preWWII company from Evansville Indiana
One of about 3,600 Sharknoses sold in 1939
Egyptian Ivory exterior with new Saddle leather interior
218 CID Continental Lhead inline sixcylinder engine with factory supercharger
Threespeed manual transmission with columnshift
12volt electrical system
Allnew SunPro gauges
New gas shocks
Rear fender skirts
Documentation includes original owners manual, instructions for the LED Intellitronix digital fuel gauge and three foam core boards with period Graham advertising
Easily one of the most uniquelooking cars to ever arrive in our showrooms, MotoeXotica Classic Cars is proud to present this seldomseen 1939 Graham Series 97 Supercharged Sedan, nicknamed the Sharknose. Approximately 3,600 copies were sold in 1939, and are rarely seen today.
Finished in Egyptian Ivory, the cars paint and trim are in overall very good order, however, there are some minor blemishes most visible on the roof, hood and at the taillights.
The cars windows are clear and crackfree, its lights are intact and include a pair of foglights perched atop the front bumper. Interestingly, the cars taillights are set just below the rear window, almost an homage to the central highmounted stop lights nearly a halfcentury later. This Graham rolls on older wide whitewall tires surrounding full factor moon wheel covers.
The car is very unusual and a sight to see. The engine bay is quite tidy, the battery appears new and the bumpers are in very good order and fit well to the cars body.
Under hood is a 218 CID Lhead straight sixcylinder engine fitted with a supercharger. The engine was Grahamengineered and built by Continental. Forced induction was employed by a variety of car manufacturers in the 1930s, such as Auburn and Duesenberg. Backing this motor is a threespeed manual transmission with a columnmounted shifter. The car has been converted to a 12volt electrical system and has new gas shock absorbers, too.
Inside, the car has a newer Saddle interior. The front and rear bench seats are in excellent overall condition, with only a minor blemish visible on the drivers side of the front bench. The carpet, inner door panels and headliner are in similar excellent shape, while the threespoke banjo steering wheel, instrument panel and shifter with its whimsical 8ball top are in very good order. There are even patterned inlays around each of the side windows. The instrument panel has a mix of original Art Deco gauges with new SunPro gauges for engine temperature, voltage and oil pressure. Wipers, speedo, odo and tach are inop. Theres even a clock designed to mimic the speedometer facing the front right passenger. Completing the interior is a modern JVC AM/FM stereo with CD player and remote control.
What Graham stylists originally called Spirit of Motion translated to sharknose in the general publics eyes. With a reverse slanted nose, square headlights and other styling techniques meant to make the car appear moving even while stopped, the cars Streamline Moderne styling polarized people, much like Chryslers Airflow design did five years before. Amos Northup, one of the leastknown automotive designers, penned the Sharknose. He sought to create a car with aerodynamic efficiency and futuristic lines. However, he died before he completed the design.
As much as it flopped here, Graham Sharknoses sold well in Europe, particularly in France, where the cars design won an award at the Paris Salon dlgance.
Some of the lowpriced competition to this Graham in 1939 included Chevrolets Master Deluxe, Fords Fordor and Plymouths P8.
Documentation includes original owners manual, instructions for the LED Intellitronix digital fuel gauge and three foam core boards with period Graham advertising.
If youre fine with being the center of attention at long stoplights or wherever you would park this car, please visit MotoeXotica Classic Cars today and take a gander at this Graham.
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This car is currently located at our facility in St. Louis, Missouri. Current mileage on the odometer shows 44,553 miles. It is sold as is, where is, on a clean and clear, mileage exempt title. GET OUT AND DRIVE
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