The Graham Hollywood and similar Hupmobile Skylark share a fascinating and sad history of one failed brand dominoing into another. The two models are also a rare instance where one brand’s body was re-purposed for another, and where a formerly FWD design became RWD.
The Hollywood and Skylark were the result of an agreement between Graham-Paige and Humobile to co-produce cars. Hupmobile had purchased the dies for the 810/812 from the defunct Cord corporation, and these were used on an existing chassis, but with a new longer nose – designed by legendary designer Tom Tjaarda – to accommodate the more forward engine placement required of the RWD chassis. Much of the rest of Gordon Buehrig’s Cord design remained, just with a less interesting nose.
The Hollywood/Skylark were introduced in 1939 and produced until September of 1940 when their factories were turned over to wartime production. After the war, the two companies became part of Kaiser-Frazier, which of course eventually became part of American Motors, which traded hands until being absorbed by Chrysler, which is today owned by Fiat. And that’s the Cord-Cinquecento connection.
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