Lindbergh’s Epic 1927 Non-Stop New York to Paris Flight: On Sunday's at The Old Motor we usually cover something a little out of the ordinary. Today we feature "The Lone Eagle"
and his remarkable 33.5 hour and 3,600 mile 1927 flight and include an excellent PBS video @ http://theoldmotor.com/?p=121553
Great video. Very interesting.
Glad I watched it.
Ah-hah! So there IS a famous 27 Coupe out there. Us oft maligned coupe owners can now proudly hold our collective coupe-owner heads high up into that doctor's coupe air space above our thinning pates.
Coupe owners unite!
(Great pic and vid David.)
The thing I noticed was the one with wire wheels and nickel shell has no bumper were as the one with wood wheels and black shell has them.
He is using the bumper to hold up his flag
OT -- Caution -- a little Off Topic (OT)
Zooming in on the photo some I think we may be able to see some things more clearly….
From the words on the pennant I think it is some sort of doctor’s coupe? And from the attire the person is wearing I think it is likely a flight doc.
Ok a little more on topic …. on a more serious note – great photo and video – thanks for posting it. Also the
Ref: 1926 model year description at: http://www.mtfca.com/encyclo/1926.htm that says: “Nickel shell offered as an option; became standard on the closed cars.” And also: “
Welded wire wheels were offered as an option, beginning about January 1926. Standard wire wheel color was black but colors were available.” Bumpers were offered starting 1-28-26.
So the wire wheel coupe would be Jan 1926 or later and the wood wheel coupe would also be after the headlight bar was introduced and the bumpers were offered (unless the bumpers were fitted to an earlier car).
And the wood wheel car would be prior to late 1927 production when the wire wheels became standard on the closed cars (ref: http://www.mtfca.com/encyclo/1927.htm WHEELS: 21” demountable wheels were standard, wire wheels optional on all models. Late in the model year, black wire wheels became standard on closed cars.
And the photo was probably taken around May 21, 1927 or sometime after the news broke that Lindberg made it. The 15,000,000 Model T photo would be taken a few days later as Edsel and Henry drove off the Highland Park assembly line. (that event is listed as May 25, 1927 on page 142 of “The Model T” by Robert C. Kreipke and as May 26 on page 73 Robert Casey, “The Model T – A Centennial History.” And the official Ford site agreed with Case on the May 26 date. )
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hahaha! Good one, Hap. And as always, very informative.
And I have a friend with 30 X 3 1/2 wood wheels, big drums on his 26 coupe.
Mark your friend should have plenty of ground clearance with that set-up!