Sunday, April 3, 2011

Shiny Skeleton of Otter Creek

A hike to 42N country's Otter Creek near Toddville, Iowa yielded an unusual find. Buried on top of the creek's bank is an upside down car circa 1940s or 50s. This Australia orientated auto is layered in soft sand mixed with organic debris which is the general makeup of the creek banks.

No telling how this roadster ended up here - at a remote location - and upside down, but it also showed signs of being visited by other creek hikers and stripped of most things valuable.

However the car's front brake systems were somewhat intact along with the outer body of whatever model this is. Also present is a lot of chrome, a l-o-t of chrome which was commonly used in those days for bumpers, side trim, door handles, wiper blade frames, steering wheels and other interior details. Someone has attempted to remove the chrome bumper but has yet to be successful.

Trenches along the perimeter of the car testify to previous visits to this site. Along creek side of the car someone dug through the sand to expose the driver side door. Apparently there must have been some exterior door detail, like the brand emblem or stylized bolts of lightning that was removed.

Perhaps the biggest surprise at the flipped car site were six bullet holes rat-tat-tatted against the driver and rear passenger doors. Leads one to deduce this was Bonnie and Clyde's car. Know that.


  1. I believe what you have here is a car skeleton! (I used all my science teacher knowhow to come up with THAT conclusion.)

  2. What is lying there is a 1958 Chevrolet. not sure if it's an Impala, Belair, Biscayne or Delray, BUT those turn signals are full on 1958!