The 1938-1940 Graham Supercharger was the remarkable, radical "Spirit of Motion," better known as the "sharknose" Graham.

Introduced for recession-plagued 1938, it underwhelmed the market. The Graham Supercharger was first offered only as a four-door sedan in two trim levels, but expanded to include a two-door coupe and sedan for 1939-40 in Standard and Custom versions.

The Graham-built centrifugal supercharger was the only blower available in a popular-priced car and boosted horsepower on the Continental six from about 90 to 116 for 1938-39 and 120 for 1940. It was quietly dropped in 1940 in favor of the Hollywood, which was based on the Cord 810 dies.

A year later, Graham-Paige abandoned the car business altogether for $20 million worth of defense contracts. Joseph W. Frazer gained control of G-P in 1944 and briefly returned to the field with the 1946 Frazer, but soon sold its automotive interests to Kaiser-Frazer Corporation.

Pluses of the 1938-1940 Graham Supercharger:

  • Exotic, if bizarre, styling
  • Good performance
  • Rarity

Minuses of the 1938-1940 Graham Supercharger:

  • Body parts very scarce
  • Good examples hard to find

Production of the 1938 Graham Supercharger:
2,410

Production of the 1939 Graham Supercharger:
2,479

Production of the 1940 Graham Supercharger:
under 1,000

Specifications of the 1938-1940 Graham Supercharger:
Wheelbase, inches: 120.0
Length, inches: NA
Weight, pounds: 3,250-3,370
Price, new: $1,070-$1,295

Engines for the 1938-1940 Graham Supercharger:

TypeSize
Horsepower
Years
sv I-6*217.8 cid
116-120*
1938-1940
*Supercharged

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