Frank Lloyd Wright Crash, Wisconsin, November 13, 1933

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18 Feb 2008 20:57 #9542 by Chris Summers
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Domino's headquarters is still there, but the car isn't. It and the other, stock Wright Continental are owned by movie producer Joel Silver, who also "collects" Wright houses. I imagine Monaghan shed the car with the rest of his collection in 1992.

The story I read in a long-ago Hemmings was that that Continental had been wrecked by Wright's daughter, and the Ideal Body Shop, near Taliesin East, made the modifications, including the missing rear window, while rebuilding it.

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19 Feb 2008 16:15 #9544 by clydester
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You jogged my memory about Joel Silver. I read another book last year on his restoration of a Wright home in the southeast. Now that you mention it there was a blurb about his Wright car(s). The home was a Wright version of a southern plantation.

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22 Feb 2008 00:43 #9550 by ETHAN ALLEN TURNER
ETHAN ALLEN TURNER replied the topic: FLW"s L29 CAB
Do not remember the year at Auburn, Dave Samuel's of the famed '37 Cord Replica out of Florida, who made about ten Cords not to bad looking. Well, to get on with what I wanted to say was that Dave brought his reported (L-29 orange Cabriolet)to be, the Frank Loyd Wright car for judging and at that time it had the Wright Logo on the passenger side windshield, I often wondered about its authenticity, can any body help with this notion and put it to rest for me. I think I still had my original black 1932 L29 Cab, serial # 29922 Listed in Club records.

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22 Feb 2008 05:20 #9553 by Jonathan Richards
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I believe I can respond with some authority to the question posed by
Ethan Allen Turner earlier this evening regarding the "logo" affixed to
the passenger's side of the windshield of L-29 Cord Cabriolet , in orange
attire displayed at the ACD Automotive Museum { S# 2925791 , Engine
#FDA1191 and Body #F189}. When my late father Jonathan Richards
purchased this vehicle in the fall of 1961 at Spring Green, Wisconsin
he dealt with FLW's son-in-law Wesley Peters. The vehicle was titled in
the name of the FLW Foundation at the time of my father's aquisition.
The "Wright Logo" was affixed to the windshield when purchased by my
father AND ( another interesting twist and point of controversy ) the golf
door on the right quarter of the body was in place. In fact, the wood was
very deteriorated both in the golf door and the surrounding door frame
and my father acquired a used but extremely good golf door from some
club member; I think it may have been Ralph McCain (sp?) or Mr. Jerry
Coburn , names which will be familiar to old timers of the club. That golf
door went with the car when sold to Homer Weiss of Florida. Dave Samuels
acted as buying agent for Mr. Weiss and proceded to restore the vehicle
for Mr. Weiss. The year referred to by Mr. Turner, when Samuels brought
the car to the Fall Festival for judging, was 1981. My father rode in the
rumble seat of the car during the parade. I distinctly recall Dave Samuels
saying that they did not replace the windshield glass in the course of the
restoration, so as to preserve the "Wright Logo". We have an 8 mm film
of the vehicle when it arrived and was unloaded in Red Oak, Iowa as well
as a number of black & white photographs of the car which clearly show
the "logo" in place. William Wesley Peters died of a massive stroke in July
of 1991, so we cannot ask him , but I have the impression that these
"Wright Logos" were put on any number of motor vehicles owned
by the FLW Foundation. The master architect didn't really give a damn
about automobiles but Wes Peters was a real car nut. Hope this response
will answer Ethan's question and promote some re-thinking as to the prov-
enance of the "FLW L-29 Cab". Best Regards, Jonathan (Jack) Richards
at Red Oak, Iowa aka <a href="mailto:acdjack@mchsi.com]acdjack@mchsi.com[/url]

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22 Feb 2008 21:38 #9558 by ETHAN ALLEN TURNER
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Jack, Thank you for the great response, I now have all my ducks in a row.My L-29 Serial # correction is 2929922. Who owns this car today, can anybody help with this. Regards Ethan

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23 Feb 2008 01:15 #9561 by RandyEma
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Ethan It belongs to the A-C-D mueseum.

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