(Pics) IXO 1939 Graham Spirit of Motion "sharknose"
This is IXO Museum's 1/43 version of the eye-catching 1939 Graham Spirit of Motion "sharknose" automobile, done here as a convertible. The design was polarizing, yet I really like the actual automobile and this and other 1/43 models of it.
I read that Graham made one roadster, but the curved side flashes are not on the surviving dark green car. Others were made by Saoutchik (probably this model), Pourtout (maybe) and possibly Vesters & Neirinck of Brussels. The pic I found of the Saoutchik version is white or maybe ivory in color. Cannot find a red one.
I recall when Brooklin did this car; I bought it but thought the design was quite odd and the tan color didn't do much for it either IMHO, but it grew on me as time went by. The color change to dark grey poly really helped it though, as does red on this convertible.
These additional models and the actual car I really like. The design is unique yet very eye-pleasing. An actual combination coupe has been at out local Riverside car/cruise night in the past and is great to see in person.
It looks excellent in all these colors and with it's custom fabrication background, although this may have been a planned factory addition, too, should the line have proved more popular. The Graham-Paige connections between it, Joe Frazer and the forthcoming Kaiser-Frazer automobiles is very interesting.