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1929 Graham-Paige Sound Train

1929 Graham-Paige Sound Train
1929 Graham-Paige Sound Train
1929 Graham-Paige Sound Train photographed by Douglas at the 2010 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance.

1929 Graham-Paige Sound Train

1929 Graham-Paige Sound Train
Photo By: Douglas Wilkinson
Date: March 14, 2010
Location: Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, Amelia Island, Florida

This remarkable Graham-Page automobile was originally built as a limousine, and then was sent to the Harry O. McGee Company in Indianapolis for modifications including a powerful public address system. The limousine interior was left pretty much unchanged, but the front-end sheet metal around the hood area was rounded to give the appearance of being the boiler of a steam locomotive. A large headlight was mounted up front along with a smoke stack, bell, steam dome, and whistle. The chrome-plated bell had a wire running inside to the instrument panel so the driver could attract even more attention to the vehicle.

Fifteen of these cars were built in the late 1920s and early 1930's for Publix Theaters, the parent company of Paramount Pictures. They were used for all kinds of publicity situations to advertise the opening of a new movie in a town or to deliver a star to an opening in grand style with starlets riding on the fender-mounted seats. Five of these cars are still in existence.

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