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12 Jul 2007 02:47 #7467 by Bill Hummel
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Moonshadow is definately the smoothest and most powerful Cord that I have ever been in.

In fact, Josh has the confidence of knowing that other motorists pass him only with [i:39t3hvik]his [/i:39t3hvik]permission ...

And Graham's don't get his permission!

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12 Jul 2007 03:08 #7468 by Josh Malks
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Bill is too kind. Moonshadow is a stock 810. So there are blown Cords that are certainly more powerful. What I have been lucky enough to inherit from previous owners and restorers, and to maintain, is a fine balance of smoothness, comfort and performance. It's far from perfect, but it works.

I do not doubt that the fact that this Cord is driven regularly has played an important role in its longevity and reliability. Sure, something may break or get out of adjustment, but any piece of 70+ year old machinery requires some attention.

Drive your Cord (or Auburn or Duesenberg). You will be happy and the car will be happy.

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12 Jul 2007 14:20 #7474 by alsancle
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Josh Malks wrote: What was the Graham's 0-60 time?


The Graham is significantly lighter and the blown engine (124 hp) gives a good power to weight ratio. I'm not sure if this is completely accurate but it looks close. Obviously the Cord is a timeless classic. But I consider the Hollywoods to be kind of cool.

SPECIFICATIONS

TOP SPEED
89 mph (142.4 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-96 KM/H) 14.6 sec
ENGINE TYPE In-line six
DISPLACEMENT 218 ci (3,572 cc)
TRANSMISSION 3-speed manual
MAXIMUM POWER 124 bhp (92 kW) @ 4,000 rpm
MAXIMUM TORQUE 182 lb ft (247 Nm) @ 2,400 rpm
WEIGHT 3,240 lb (1,472 kg)
ECONOMY 17 mpg (6.01 km/l)

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12 Jul 2007 23:51 #7479 by Josh Malks
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Blown Cord was timed by [i:3uypjpl5]Autocar[/i:3uypjpl5] magazine in Britain (fussy folks) in 1937 at 13.2 seconds 0-60, top speed of 102.27. Even the unblown 810 hit over 92mph in their tests the previous year.

The Cord's 0-60 time is slowed by its leisurely gearshift. A "stick-shift" Cord could no doubt do better. Ask Roger Von Bergen or Henry Portz.

And I do think that the Graham Hollywood is hot-looking, good-performing vehicle. It's just not quite a Cord.

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13 Jul 2007 00:43 #7480 by balinwire
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And I do think that the Graham Hollywood is hot-looking, good-performing vehicle. It's just not quite a Cord.


Must have been a red headed stepchild in its day.

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13 Jul 2007 13:44 #7485 by alsancle
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Josh Malks wrote: Blown Cord was timed by Autocar magazine in Britain (fussy folks) in 1937 at 13.2 seconds 0-60, top speed of 102.27. Even the unblown 810 hit over 92mph in their tests the previous year.

The Cord's 0-60 time is slowed by its leisurely gearshift. A "stick-shift" Cord could no doubt do better. Ask Roger Von Bergen or Henry Portz.

And I do think that the Graham Hollywood is hot-looking, good-performing vehicle. It's just not quite a Cord.


Josh - I was going to point out that the biggest issue with the Cord's acceleration was the vacum shift. I wonder how much a mechanical setup more like a L29 would shave some time off the acceleration figures? Graham throughout the 30s did some pretty neat stuff. I give them a lot of credit considering they were basically farm equipment manufacturers. They did very well during the war and produced the Kasier Frazier cars after the war. Renamed as the Madison Square Garden Corp they are still around I believe. I wonder how many other pre-war area car manufacturers still exist?

A.J.

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