WHERE IS THE JEAN HARLOW L-29?

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14 Oct 2008 00:17 #11563 by ETHAN ALLEN TURNER
ETHAN ALLEN TURNER created the topic: WHERE IS THE JEAN HARLOW L-29?
Ask any one who saw this car in print, Jean Harlow and husband Paul Bern owned this boatail speedster when new. It dissappeared a long time ago and everybody has been looking for it forever. So the next best thing to do was make one, ACD Muesum has a fine example recreated by Fay Culberth another in Ca. that I saw @ Palo Alto I don't recall his name,the paint color a purple shade. There are many photos that have surfaced thru the years of the original with different headlites. My obsession with it's where-abouts continues to exist, along with everone else's. Please enter this disscusion, it would be nice see what comes out of this?


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15 Oct 2008 00:50 #11568 by Josh Malks
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Hi Ethan. I agree the car is lost. I'm afraid that I don't agree that it was Harlow's. I have never seen any evidence, documentation or photographs that connect Harlow with this car. She drove a Packard.

When Paul Bern's will was probated a "Cord touring car" was one of his assets. That term meant something then, and I don't think anyone would have confused the speedster with one.

I hope you get some response on this. Talk about the ultimate barn find!

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15 Oct 2008 04:47 #11572 by ETHAN ALLEN TURNER
ETHAN ALLEN TURNER replied the topic: numbers can help !
Hello Josh,
As the mystery continues to unfold, and I am sure anybody who has owned an L-29 love's the look and personally I enjoyed my ownership of 29922 I believe was the serial #. A 1932 Cabriolet and a wonderful driver for the times. I would love to know if you have serial numbers from the will that may help determine a touring car or cab. Hey Josh, with the internet who knows "lightning could strike".

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16 Oct 2008 03:06 #11584 by mikespeed35
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Hi Ethan, The L-29 number should have seven numbers. Probably 2929XXX. CORDially Mike

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16 Oct 2008 13:27 #11588 by Chris Summers
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I agree with Josh. It's a nice story but not much else.

Don't ask where, but sometime in the past I remember seeing a copy of Bern's will; an L-29 touring car was mentioned but no serial numbers.

I always hold hope that a car exists, unless there is absolute proof of its destruction. Since no one has offered up a photo of the Speedster being turned into a pile of scrap, I'll always be hoping that it turns up in a barn somewhere, probably in Europe.

The other full-scale replica of the car was built for Arnie Addison and is now in the O'Quinn Collection in Houston. It is probably the largest two-passenger automobile I have ever seen.

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16 Oct 2008 15:02 #11589 by ETHAN ALLEN TURNER
ETHAN ALLEN TURNER replied the topic: HOPING
I do agree that the L-29 in question is to dame gorgeous to have ever been destroyed, anyone in there right mind whether a car person or not would questions it's demize. I for one keep hoping that it's reappearance will give a sigh of relief to anybody who has had a whimsical notion about finding it. I know that Dick Greene who owns a few L's would admitt that he has had serious thoughts over this L-29 speedster, admitt it Dick !

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