WHERE IS THE JEAN HARLOW L-29?

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16 Feb 2010 03:11 #15925 by mikespeed35
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They are all on the website.
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16 Feb 2010 03:12 #15926 by mikespeed35
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I have none of Jim's collection.
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13 Jun 2011 17:31 #20267 by memaerobilia
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AceCollins wrote: I have gone through everything concerning Harlow's car ownership, and she loved to drives. But as Josh note, a 1934 Packard V-12 and a Caddy V-12 where probably her finest automobiles. In my collection of photos of Harlow with cars there are Studebakers, Packards, Caddys and a Dodge (she did print ads for them), but the only ACD car is a Auburn Speedster she posed in at the National Air Races. I would love to know what happened to that Auburn as well.

I have a couple of thousand original photos from The National Air Races that were the personal archives of the Managing Director, Cliff Henderson. There are lots of photos of many different models of (mostly open cars)Cords and Auburns, including numerous photos with many starlets and actresses. A good amount from the 1933 National Air Races in L.A., with lots of movie stars. Henderson was quite the playboy and dated and hosted more movie stars/actresses, than one could count. If you or Josh could provide me with even a small thumbnail photo of the photo of Harlow/Speester/NAR, It might help me to turn up something, fresh. There are so many blond actresses in those L.A. photos that they all start to look alike, after a while. I am most interested in seeing what Harlow might have been wearing that day, and that could narrow thing down a bit, or confirm an ID.

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13 Jun 2011 18:28 #20268 by Josh Malks
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I stick to my position that this car was never owned by Jean Harlow or by her husband, Paul Bern. I have never seen any photographs of her with it, and to my knowledge no-one has ever unearthed documents, DMV or otherwise, connecting her with this car. I believe the rumor first started decades ago with a photo of the Speedster at a concours in France with a blonde woman standing with it. Letters to our Newsletter called her Jean Harlow. The woman was actually model Suzy Vernon. Harlow herself never left the USA.

As others have noted Paul Bern did own an L-29. When his estate was probated it was listed as a "touring car". In that era everyone knew the difference between a "touring car" and a "roadster". There is almost zero likelihood of the body styles being confused with each other.

I would enjoy discussion on this, especially if there is contradicting evidence. We can all keep learning. But what all of us would most enjoy is the phone call that says -- "Hey, I got this funny-looking car in a barn with front wheel drive and a pointy tail. I'm gonna tear the barn down so gimme a hundred bucks and tow it outa there."

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13 Jun 2011 19:02 #20269 by memaerobilia
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Hi Josh;
I think I got TWO different cars confused here. I now see that the "Auburn Speedster she posed in at the National Air Races." is meant to be a different car than the exotic car in opening photos on this thread. And Also agreed that there are probably lots of old auto photos with Harlow, that are simply of the actress posing with interesting cars, at special events (Like the National Air Races) of cars that were owned by others.
So STILL interested in seeing the NAR/Harlow/Speedster photo that was referenced, above, with possibility of finding other Auburn & Cord photos of her and those cars. I have a whole SLEW of NAR photos of Mary Pickford in Auburns and other cars at NAR, maybe some L-29s too. Some good ones of L-29s with some of the most famous and winning female air racers. (The press sometimes referred to Henderson as "The Master of Ballyhoo.") Some with unidentified VIPS (probably politicians). And I must admit, I sometimes get confused between the large open Auburns, and the Cord L-29s, when just in side views <!-- s:oops: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_redface.gif" alt=":oops:" title="Embarassed" /><!-- s:oops: -->
There a a number of L-29 photos with so many VIPS posed in front, or along side, that one can barely see the cars. Will try to find a few oddities to post.

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13 Jun 2011 20:52 #20272 by West Peterson
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If the car went to Europe, there's always the chance it got lost during the war.
And correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm fairly certain that at least 3 replicas have been built.

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