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  A collection of photos taken By Pat Davis during  AUS 2000 International Rally 4th -5th March 2000


                                      1929 GRAHAM PAIGE  ROADSTER

Rod and Jan Czislowski's

The 1928 Graham Paige was the first automobile produced by the Graham Brothers after they ended their association with Dodge. The car was introduced at the New York Auto Show in a heavily publicized and well-attended affair. Heavyweight champion Gene Tunney and Notre Dame football coach Knute Rockne were there to greet the attendees. The car was accepted by the public with great


    In 1929, the Graham Paige was produced with a choice of five chassis in six and eight cylinders and a four-speed transmission with two high speeds at prices ranging from $885 to $2,495 US dollars. The six cylinder engines' bhp ranged from 52 to 97 and the eights were rated at 120 bhp. Although the 1928 models set a production record at 73,000 sales, the stock market collapse had a very damaging effect on the sales of the 1929 Graham Paige models.

The 1929 Graham Paige was a well-built car that offered comfort, roadability and excellence in engineering but the buying public were few and far between in the dark days of early Depression.

The components of the Graham engine were of L-head design, featuring aluminum pistons, full-length cylinder water jackets, pressure-forced lubrication to the camshaft bearings, water pump shaft and valve lifters, air cleaner and mechanical fuel pump. The largest engines were equipped with Lanchester vibration dampers.

The 1929 Graham Paige models differed from the 1928 series with engines rebored to increase horsepower and a larger wheel base, Delco-Remy ignitions and hydraulic brakes. High-power performance was proven when a 1929 model 16 outraced a field of ninety-two competitors and won the 1929 Monte Carlo Rally braving rain, snow and fog to travel 1,851 miles in 74 hours and 17 minutes.

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