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1937 Graham Supercharged Series 116 Sedan

  • Highly desirable factory supercharged example
  • Multiple Best in Class awards; ready for display at prestigious events
  • Wonderful Art Deco styling cues
  • Offered from a noted pre-war collection
  • One of the finest restored Grahams extant

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Since the very first automobile was built, innovation has been the key element in improving its design. Through constant refinement and better engineering, the American automobile is the story of a never-ending quest for comfort and speed. Graham made its mark by fitting factory superchargers into their production-based cars in the 1930s. In a day when Ford’s V-8 and Chevrolet’s inline six were rated at just 85 horsepower, Graham’s supercharged six-cylinder engine was cranking out an astounding 106 horsepower. With a reputation hard-earned through competition, Graham’s cars were both fast and stylish. In a time when performance was a mere afterthought, Graham’s cars were setting records at racetracks and hill climbs all over the nation.

Offered here is a superbly restored example of the Graham legacy, a 1937 Supercharged Series 116 Sedan. Finished in a stunning silver gray, this fine piece of Graham’s excellent engineering is arguably one of the finest restored examples. Power for this Graham comes from its 199.1-cubic-inch inline six, complete with a supercharger, generating 106 horsepower, which enables effortless cruising at 65 mph all day long, making it ideal for tours around the country. The beautiful condition of this Graham is accented by a high-caliber restoration that features striking attention to the paint, interior, engine, and the undercarriage. It has also been fitted with new running boards that make for a spectacular exterior appearance. In the spirit of camaraderie, the Graham brothers had their likenesses set into the hood ornament wearing the helmets of royal knights and this example displays their legacy with pride. Most impressive is the amount of Art Deco styling influence in this outstanding car. From the five creatively styled chevrons on the sides of the hood to the beautifully styled grille, this Graham incorporates a level of design that is seldom seen on a regular production car of this era. The interior is especially enticing with correct Mohair and cloth upholstery featuring fine stitching and elegantly styled door handles also designed in the Art Deco motif. Even the hands of the clock and speedometer carry a look of fine elegance usually reserved for custom-bodied cars. There’s also no shortage of chrome on this Graham as headlamp nacelles, bumpers, and horns gleam with a mirror-like finish.

When the current owner acquired this example in 2013 for his extravagant pre-war collection, it had already been given its stunning body-off-the-frame restoration and won numerous Best in Class awards. Ensuring it stayed in immaculate condition, this Graham has always been stored in a climate-controlled facility and has been faithfully maintained and carefully exercised. Having not made a public appearance in quite some time nor made its debut at the Graham Owner’s Club International meet, this 116 Sedan will surely make a grand entrance and command attention wherever it is shown.

Throughout automotive history, there are chapters that represent true innovation and cutting-edge engineering. The supercharged Graham is surely one of these, as no other production-based car in America offered such performance from a six-cylinder car. The Graham legacy lives on in this stunning example of their fine engineering and beautiful Art Deco styling. This spectacular Graham is a car that will have a special place in any collection and is certain to make an impressive entrance onto the show field.


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