Originally commercial vehicle manufacturers, the three Graham brothers sold out to Dodge in 1926. The following year the Grahams bought the struggling Paige-Detroit Motor Car Company, continuing the existing Paige car for 1928 alongside a new Graham-Paige line-up. A staggering 73,195 cars were sold in Graham-Paige’s first 12 months, a US auto-industry record at the time.
High performance was a strong selling point in Graham-Paige’s early years, one example setting speed records at the Brooklands track in England while another held the Mount Washington climb record. The company name was shortened to simply ‘Graham’ in 1930. Despite a succession of styling innovations, its Bluestreak and ‘shark-nose’ models are among the most striking of the 1930’s, Graham never fully recovered from the Depression years and built its last car in 1940.
This right hand drive 1935 Graham Model 68 saloon is on the 116” wheelbase chassis and has the 3.7 litre engine. We are advised that only five are known to be in existence worldwide. The Graham was manufactured by GM in Port Elizabeth and imported from South Africa in 2003, from there it was purchased by the current vendor. In 2011, Rees Brothers carried out a full restoration of the body, engine and gearbox at a cost of £18,500. The recorded mileage of 65,500 is believed to be genuine.
Described as in generally good condition, with excellent bodywork and paint, the car is offered with restoration invoices and photographs, a V5C log book and current MOT.