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VEH-38: Touring Car without rear wheels

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HURL Artifact No. VEH-38 *Denotes approximations and speculations
Name: Touring Car Lost: Unknown
Artifact Type: Automobile Found: 3-Mar-2011
Nationality: USA Dive No: PV-753
Class or Make: *Studebaker Location: Kewalo
Model: Phaeton Depth (m): 546m
Purpose: Touring HURL crew: T. Kerby, S. Price, J. Smith
Serial Number: Unknown Additional Dives:
Built/Launched: *1922-1926
Length: *13
Width: *6
Height:
Circumstance of Loss: Intentionally disposed Crew Personnel/Position: 7 Passenger
Reason of Loss: *Obsolete Crew Survivals/Fatalities: n/a
Artifact History: Unknown
Artifact Condition: Vehicle is missing it's rear wheels and axel. Also both right side fenders and running board. The left side fenders are still on, but no running board. The engine is missing. A disc-type front wheel rims are present, with a distinctive ring of interior mounting bolts. The side frames for the front windshield is present. The shaft for the steering wheel is still present with a couple of the spokes but not the outer ring. The back brace for the front seat is still present.
Additional Information: The disc type wheel closely resembles that of some of the Studebakers of the early to mid 1920's. The high back on the rear seat, the angled back windshield frames, and the rear doors which curve over the rear wheel wells are consistent with the Studebaker Big Six. The vehicle appears to have a large wheel base and long body which seems to match better to the Big Six which was the largest of the three sizes of Studebaker touring cars of the early to mid 1920's. The disc brakes and rims became an available option in 1922. The wheel base on the Big Six's increased from 120 inches to 127 inches in 1926. *3300 lbs