Live, from the #greenwoodcarshow, it’s a slammed Graham “Sharknose.” I’m not usually a fan of taking a rare thirties car and turning into a street rod - but this is definitely an exception. This bagged car was executed to a very high standard and preserves all the good elements of Amos Northup’s original design while adding to them in a clean and contemporary way. Also, you don’t know where a car started - I’ve seen three of these things moldering away in Junkyards this year, probably never to be restored, and somebody’s out enjoying this one (and showing it off for everyone else to enjoy, too). We’ll see those other “Sharknoses” at some point if you keep following @oldmotors, but suffice to say this Graham looks fantastic and stays true to most of the designer’s intent. I say “most of” because Northup sadly died (in February, 1937) before the “Sharknose,” who’s actual name was “Spirit of Motion” was completed, which meant Graham’s designers had to come up with the back 2/3rds of the car, which resulted in car that was decidedly radical out front, and very conservative from the A-pillar back. Northup actually intended it to be even more radical, with a full-envelope body with the front fenders sweeping back into body, but for cost reasons that didn’t happen. He’d previewed the idea on the 1937 Willys, which he designed while at Murray Body. Like previous Grahams, the Sharks were powered by straight sixes with optional supercharging, which made them quite quick by thirties standards. The completed “Spirit of Motion” design debuted in late 1937, but didn’t exactly set the world on fire in terms of sales - about 8,000 were made before Graham production ground to a halt at the end of September, 1940. The “Sharknose” appellation didn’t begin to appear until long after Graham was gone, in the 1950s, but it’s fitting. This one makes the nose the centerpiece and because of those spatted front wheels, it’s clean of anything but the design’s original idea.
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