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27th Feb 2018, 18:44
Amelia Earhart's stolen car found in Los Angeles - BBC News (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-43217133)

27th Feb 2018, 21:16
I thought she was flying round the world.

Impress to inflate
27th Feb 2018, 22:12
Can you imagine how much the parking fine is now worth !!

27th Feb 2018, 22:18
Yeah, the airport parking lots charge a fortune for overstayers !

28th Feb 2018, 18:27
I doubt the Hudson Essex Terraplane would fetch anywhere near the $250,000 - $500,000 at auction as the article states.

Her first car was a Kissel Speedster, which was known as the Gold Bug, and she drove it across the U.S. in May 1924, from Los Angeles to Boston. She called it her “Yellow Peril” and it received crowds at every stop along the way. When the new Cord 810 was introduced, she immediately bought one because of its unique styling and looks, of course in her favorite color. This particular Cord 810 became famous and was in most of her publicity shots with her airplane as she prepared for new flights.

The Cord 810 had front-wheel drive, independent front suspension, supercharged engine, and retractable headlights.

2nd Mar 2018, 06:39
Great way to bump up the value.

2nd Mar 2018, 07:04
- hidden headlights - (and some serious headlights at that)

The styling of the Cord 810 was the work of designer Gordon M. Buehrig and his team of stylists, which included young Vince Gardner and Alex Tremulis. While the first American front-wheel-drive car with independent front suspension, it had an archaic tube rear axle with semi-elliptic rear springs. Power came from a 4,739 cc (289 cu in) Lycoming V8 of the same 125 hp (93 kW) as the L-29. The semi-automatic four-speed transmission (three plus overdrive) extended in front of the engine, like on a Traction Avant. This allowed Buehrig to dispense with the driveshaft and transmission tunnel; as a result, the new car was so low it required no running boards. It had a 125 in (3,175 mm) wheelbase.
Reportedly conceived as a Duesenberg and nearly devoid of chrome, the 810 had hidden door hinges and rear-hinged hood, rather than the side-opening type more usual at the time, both new items. It featured pontoon fenders with hidden headlamps (modified Stinson landing lights)(E. L. Cord owned a majority of Stinson stock) that disappeared into the fenders via dashboard hand cranks. This car was first and one of the few ever to include this feature.
It also featured a concealed fuel filler door and variable-speed windshield wipers (at a time when wipers were often operated by intake vacuum, and so tended to stop when the driver stepped on the gas pedal). Its engine-turned dashboard included complete instrumentation, a tachometer, and standard radio."


2nd Mar 2018, 16:11
And I saw one on the road here - it looked better than in the picture, a fantastic vehicle for its time.

2nd Mar 2018, 17:59
Dim & distant memory says there was a series of novels featuring a character & his Cord: one of which was turned into a film, starring ...er.....David Niven?
Aforementioned memory has it that Cords suffered from an extremely unreliable and troublesome electrical gear selector, which was briefly featured in the film.....

2nd Mar 2018, 19:47
Mother had a cousin who owned a Cord after the war. She said it was the most beautiful car she had ever seen, and going on jaunts throughout the state of Virginia, and DC, and Florida, they turned heads wherever they went, often drawing small crowds upon arrival at their destination.

While her memory of the exact model is hazy, she recalls it was canary yellow and had the side pipes, indicating it was equipped with a supercharger.

2nd Mar 2018, 20:36
Dim & distant memory says there was a series of novels featuring a character & his Cord: one of which was turned into a film, starring ...er.....David Niven? Don't recall the film but the books (quite a few IIRC) were by James Leasor and featured Dr Jason Love, a doctor turned spy!

Dr Love drove a Cord - as did James Leasor!

2nd Mar 2018, 20:49
Where the Spies Are is a 1965 MGM British comedy adventure film directed by Val Guest and featuring David Niven as Dr Jason Love (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Where_the_Spies_Are)

8th Mar 2018, 10:22
Car found. Bones 'found'?

Richard Jantz, professor emeritus of anthropology and director emeritus of UT's Forensic Anthropology Center, re-examined seven bone measurements conducted in 1940 by physician D. W. Hoodless. Hoodless had concluded that the bones belonged to a man.

Jantz, using several modern quantitative techniques -- including Fordisc, a computer program for estimating sex, ancestry, and stature from skeletal measurements -- found that Hoodless had incorrectly determined the sex of the remains. The program, co-created by Jantz, is used by nearly every board-certified forensic anthropologist in the US and around the world.

The data revealed that the bones have more similarity to Earhart than to 99 percent of individuals in a large reference sample.

The new study is published in the journal Forensic Anthropology.

Jantz also compared the bone lengths with Earhart's. Her humerus and radius lengths were obtained from a photograph with a scalable object. The scale was provided by Jeff Glickman of Photek. Her tibia length was estimated from measurements of her clothing in the George Palmer Putnam Collection of Amelia Earhart Papers at Purdue University. A historic seamstress took the measurements, which included the inseam length and waist circumference of Earhart's trousers.

Based on this information, Jantz concludes that "until definitive evidence is presented that the remains are not those of Amelia Earhart, the most convincing argument is that they are hers."

Questioning Hoodless's analysis had less to do with his competence and more to do with the state of forensic anthropology at the time, Jantz said.

"Forensic anthropology was not well developed in the early 20th century," the paper states. "There are many examples of erroneous assessments by anthropologists of the period. We can agree that Hoodless may have done as well as most analysts of the time could have done, but this does not mean his analysis was correct."

New forensic analysis indicates bones were Amelia Earhart's (https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/03/180307115506.htm)

8th Mar 2018, 12:31
The complete article is here: Amelia Earhart and the Nikumaroro Bones: A 1941 Analysis versus Modern Quantitative Techniques | Jantz | Forensic Anthropology (http://journals.upress.ufl.edu/fa/article/view/525/519)

It's an interesting read, but the way I see it, the conclusion is heavily weighted by the fact that Earhart was the only possibility that could be tested. Another thing to keep in mind is that most of the data for this study was provided by a single organisation, one that has a vested interest in this whole story. Still, an interesting attempt

8th Mar 2018, 19:27
I can't help thinking that if AE had had a personalised plate finding her car would have been much simpler.

8th Mar 2018, 19:37
Good one JJ!

Appears Rotornut has started a new thread dedicated to her alleged bones here. (https://www.pprune.org/jet-blast/606321-forensic-expert-claims-bones-found-pacific-island-belong-earhart.html)