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Photographed at the 2018 Bay to Birdwood Rally, West Beach, South Australia.
Graham-Paige was founded in the U.S.A. in 1927.
With Graham-Paige suffering under ailing financial fortunes, Graham made a deal with the ailing Hupp Motor Co. in late 1939.
The deal with Hupmobile was to build cars based on the body dies of the stunning Gordon Buehrig-designed Cord 810/812. In an effort to remain in business, Hupp had acquired the Cord dies, but lacked the financial resources to build the car.
Graham agreed to build the Hupmobile Skylark on a contract basis, while receiving the rights to use the distinctive Cord dies to produce a similar car of its own, to be called the Hollywood.
The striking Skylark/Hollywood differed from the Cord from the cowl forward with a redesigned hood, front fenders and conventional headlights, achieved by automotive designer John Tjaarda of Lincoln-Zephyr fame. The Cord's longer hood was not needed, as the Hupp and Graham versions were rear-wheel drive. This also necessitated modifying the floor to accept a driveshaft. Graham chose the four-door Beverly sedan shape for the Hollywood rather than the two-door convertible, as they wanted the Hollywood to be a popular, mass-market car.
Despite an enthusiastic initial public response, the car actually ended up being a worse flop in the sales department for both Graham and Hupmobile than either firm's respective preceding models. The company suspended manufacturing in September 1940, but reopened its plant for military production for World War II.
Thus, production of cars stopped in 1940, and its automotive assets were acquired by Kaiser-Frazer in 1947.
As a corporate entity, the Graham-Paige name continued until 1962