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Safety Doesn’t Sell!

Henry Kaiser got into the car business 5 years earlier in 1946. Every year a struggle for profitability. 1952 was no different. The marketing angle this year would be “World’s safest front seat” with Seven-Point Protection. 1/ Narrower A pillars … Continue reading

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Custom Car Builders Predict the Future.

Vintage 1962. All six are legendary. Joe Wilhelm, Bill Cushenbery, Alexander Bros., Darryl Starbird, Gene Winfield and George Barris. If your are into car craft these are six the builders you should know. If you get a life do-over get … Continue reading

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Introducing Edsel for 1959.

After a disastrous launch in 1958, (the fact is, it wasn’t that bad of a launch, second only new car line to DeSoto in 1929) Ford reduced the line up by two dropping the Citation and Pacer models. However 1,200 … Continue reading

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Featuring The Studebaker Hawks for 1958

The Golden Hawk for 1958. Total production 878. Price $3282  The top Hawks are instantly recognizable due to no B pillar. They all came with McCulloch superchargers boosting the output of the 289 c.i. V8 to 275 H.P. A “rocket” … Continue reading

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Fw: Billy Durant’s buddy Norm de Vaux gets involved.

Norman was part-owner and general manager of the Oakland factory in which Billy Durant was making his Chevrolets in 1920. Norm took the factory over in 1931 to make his de Vaux-Hall . The company lasted a little over a … Continue reading

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Did someone mention Cord?

Arguably, the finest cars made in the first half of the 20th century came out of the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg plant in Auburn, Indiana under the ownership of Errett Lobban Cord. He also owned Lycoming Engines. The project started in 1931 as … Continue reading

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Let’s try something new!

If Stutz, Franklin and Duesenberg can do it, then why don’t we? Supercharge the Graham. Graham’s supercharger was conceived by Assistant Chief Engineer F.F. Kishline, who just happened to be a close friend of Fred Schwitzer of Schwitzer-Cummins. Between them, … Continue reading

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How deep are the Graham brother’s pockets?

The brothers are doing everything right – their engineering is sound, and they are respected businessmen. They come to work every day knowing that they are losing money, and go home every day with hope. But the pressure is too … Continue reading

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It’s all down hill

It’s all downhill for the Graham brothers. 1930 saw sales drop by 50%. 1931 went down by another 30%. Bad economic times, they were aware – therefore lower pricing, the latest technology, and better promotions. The Graham cars looked just … Continue reading

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Graham, the early years

Paige-Detroit, a new, modern and well-equipped factory, provided the Graham brothers with a great canvas to paint their picture of the American automotive landscape. Harry Jewett, along with founding partner Fred Paige, had created Paige-Detroit in 1909 and built the … Continue reading

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