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VEH-34: DeSoto Roadster

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HURL Artifact No. VEH-34 *Denotes approximations and speculations
Name: DeSoto Roadster Lost: Unknown
Artifact Type: Automobile Found: 23-Feb-11
Nationality: USA Dive No: PIV-242/PV-753-
Class or Make: Chrysler Location: Kewalo
Model: Roadster CK Depth (m): 546m
Purpose: Touring HURL crew: Cremer, Wollerman, Kelley/Kerby, Price, J. Smith
Serial Number: Unknown Additional Dives:
Built/Launched: 1929 or 1930
Length: *12
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: The automobile is in quite good condition. The wheels are present, but not the tires. The dash board for the rumble seat is missing and part of the seat back is torn away or decayed. A rear tail light and license plate are still mounted, as is the rear bumper and tire rack. The car's fuel tank can be seen just forward of that bumper. The brackets for mounting the luggage rack are mostly gone. The front windshield frame is present, but broken and twisted. Engine cover is gone. Engine unknown.
Additional Information: The vehicle is named after the 16th century Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto who discovered the Mississippi River and explored more North American territory than any explorer of his time. It is unlikely that Chrysler realize that he was also a brutally ruthless conqueror. More likely they were targeting the numerous towns and counties in the Southeastern states also of that name. Swine he carried on his expedition into Arkansas escaped and became the ancestors to the razorback. 3234 lbs