The answer to 09/29/2011′s What Auto is This?? quiz is the 1938 Graham.Fondly known as the “Shark Nose” it was a style tour-de-force penned by Amos Northrup. The radical penned car was an effort to help sinking Graham Paige out of the darkness known as the Great Depression. Graham bragged “They’ll Think It Costs A Fortune” Powering this very Shark Like car was an available Supercharged six cylinder engine producing 125 horsepower. Sadly designer Amos Northrup would pass away six months before his dream machine hit the showroom floors. Even with all this power and style the Shark Nose couldn’t save Graham Paige and it would be gobbled up by corporate raider Henry Kaiser of Kaiser-Fraizer fame. Eventualy Kaiser would be part of the hog-pog that would become AMC. So in a strange sort of a way the 1938 Shark Nose Graham is a distant cousin of the AMC Pacer. Strange bedfellows indeed..
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This unique car company would produce vehicles from 1927 till 1940 when production ceased and it was gobbled up by Kaiser-Frazier. This famed “Shark Nose” model was made between 1938-1940. Its famous nose in later years would become a darling of Hot-Rodders and Customizers.In 1934 this car company would produce its first Supercharged vehicle. Only available in the eight cylinder models it would be adapted to the six in 1936 when the eight was dropped due to sluggish sales. This company would hold the all time production record for sales of Supercharged vehicles till Buick surpassed them in the mid 1990′s. By 1936 their cars designs were getting dated. In an effort to boost lagging sales they hired style guru Amos Northup to pen the 1938 models. Sadly Northrup passed away six months before the radical looking cars hit the showroom floors. It is rumored that the engineer staff finished the final design after the death of Amos Northrup. Never known as being bashful this car company bragged its 1938 were “Spirit in motion” and “You will think it costs a fortune” Three body types were available. A two door sedan.A four door sedan and a stylish convertible. Powering this Shark Nose beauty was a six cylinder engine rated a 90 horsepower for the non-supercharged model and 125 horsepower supercharged powerhouse. Oddly they were able to achieve 23.95 MPG making them the economy leader in its class. Even Buick with its Supercharged Riviera in 1995 could not match that MPG. With all this style and innovation of this 1938 shark-esq vehicle would die a slow death by 1940. What Auto is This??
In an effort to help the “Young-ins” Billy-Bob and Twanda’s Uncle Zebb have decided to open a Driving School for Teen Drivers..Uncle Zebb knows the Ole Family Delta 88 done need a little work but promises to get it ready for the road soon.They just ask that “Yall Young-Ins please leave your chewing tabacky and beer at home and also provide your own Bunji Cord because yall should never drive without a seat belt”
Anybody who knows me will confess to the fact that Im a “Car-o-holic”. Now you can be addicted to worse things but trust me there is no cure for the disease nor do I want to cure it. My addiction has sent on adventures, journeys and given me a lifetime of memories. The best part is the people and stories. One of those wonderful people is my friend Tony Campisi. Tony is master mechanic but a “master” person. The only thing Tony loves more than classic cars and motorcycles is his family. Looking like a cross between Jerry Garcia and Grizzly Adams my Bro Tony is big in heart and soul and also big in the amount of cool junk he owns. Now by “Junk” I mean some amazing stuff and some stuff that looks like it came out of the hull of the Lusitania. Thats where my soon to be newest project fits in. Not that Tony wanted to sell it but after a little nagging he agreed to let this hulk of Nash history go.The plan is to take this pile of rust from a horror to drive cross country for The Lincoln Highway tour summer of 2013. Most normal people would buy a restored car but not your Ole buddy Johnny B he needs to suffer. The other problem is going to be moving this Eco-system of a Nash that would make Al Gore proud. Having been sucked into the earth like a Chia-pet the extraction is going to be news worthy or at least Youtube worthy. So keep you I-Phones on and watch your local News Station its going to be epic..Now dubbed as the “Nash-Straction” its going to have a cast of characters consisting of a Tall Polish kid,a Puerto Rican, Four Asians,Two Italians and Johnny B..As my buddy Jose would say “Oh Boy !! “
Check out this video of a restored 1938 Nash to inspire Ole Carlisle Johnny and all you Nash fans..
This car was built between 1956-1975. Only intended for presidents..heads of states and other Cold War “big-wigs” This streamlined sedan was powered by a rear mounted 2.5 liter air cooled Hemi V8. This Czechoslovakia built luxury liner was a favorite of Fidel Castro. Fidel still owns his air conditioned white sedan till this day.
Designed by Julius Mackerle it is rumored the American icon car The Tucker was his inspiration. There were three series built. The first series built between 1956-1962 featured two single headlights with a center beam that turned with the car..Much like the Tucker. The second series(1962-1968) Featured four headlamps mounted in two oval pods..With an updated dash and improved engine cooling.
The third series (1968-1975) was the biggest seller. It was updated to a new single oval grill with four headlamps. Air Conditioning was offered as was auto transmission. In 1973 transistorized ignition was offered. The factory offered a re-do program. They would take series two cars and completly re-do them too series three specs.
The unique 2.5 litre air cooled Hemi V8 remained almost unchanged throughout the years. Power ranged from 90-95 horsepower. The engines low weight (aprox 350 lbs)made for an almost 50/50 weight distribution when full of passengers. The engines and cars proved to be robust and easy to fix..Fidel would be proud..What Auto is This??
In An Effort To Prove He Wants To Make Spending Cuts Mitt Romney Has Moved His Staff To Cheaper Headquarters
In an effort to prove he is not a Richie Rich Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney is moving his staff to a more frugal headquarters. Mitt promises more cuts in the future such as a Hybrid vehicles for the lobbiest and fewer Hot Yoga classes for Newt Gingrich. Not wanting to behind Mitt with spending cuts President Obama was heard yelling “Yo Biden call the Winnebago dealer were moving”