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VEH-24: Sedan

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HURL Artifact No. VEH-24 *Denotes approximations and speculations
Name: Unknown Lost: Unknown
Artifact Type: Sedan Found: 23-Feb-2011
Nationality: USA Dive No: PIV-242
Class or Make: *Franklin Location: Kewalo
Model: *Oxford 163 Depth (m): 555m
Purpose: Transport People HURL crew: Cremer, Wollerman, Kelley
Serial Number: Unknown Additional Dives:
Built/Launched: *1932
Length: *13
Width: *6
Height:
Circumstance of Loss: Intentionally disposed Crew Personnel/Position: 1 Driver and 3 Passengers
Reason of Loss: *Old age or failure Crew Survivals/Fatalities: n/a
Artifact History: Unknown
Artifact Condition: Vehicle is on its side. About half of the windshield glass is still present. The windshield is very long and narrow and arced on the lower side. A 3-spoked steering wheel is present. The top is gone and was likely a soft canopy. The rear mount for a spare tire is still attached. The engine and front bumper are present. The radiator has fallen off onto the seabed. Right side wheels are present but fenders have decayed. It may have landed on its left rear wheel driving it into the vehicle interior.
Additional Information: The windshield shape, similar front bumper, steering wheel, rear spare, and length of the car and its tendency to narrow into its long engine all seem to match relatively close to that of numerous images of restored Franklin Sedans. Restored vehicles often vary in feature accuracy due to availability to some components during restoration. Franklin Sedans of this era were air cooled and did not use a radiator, but had a false radiator in place. The radiator on the seabed has a hose, so was quite possibly real. Also the wheel hubs look to have a cone shaped cap. The Franklins have a much wider bowl-like dome hubcap. *3300 lbs