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1937 car sells for $ 9.9 M

Cameron Abbott
Mesa Legend

What would you do with ten million dollars?  Normally that question accompanies a myriad of answers, ranging from paying off debt to buying an island. On January 29, 2016 at the RM Sotheby’s auction, and event usually held in Paris, Monaco, or Milan, a 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster was purchased for $9.9 Million dollars in the Phoenix auction. In the 1930’s, Reginald Sinclair of Corning, N.Y. purchased the roadster from Germany, to the home of the veteran of both WWI and WWII.  He was known by family to have a multitude of cars, and was an early enthusiast of the automobile, then called the horseless carriage.

This is the same model as the 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K that sold for $9.9 million.
This is the same model as the 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K that sold for $9.9 million.

A man born before his time, he found a friend and fellow enthusiast in James S. Harrison, then to E.W. Price, whose family described it as his pride and joy, who sold it to Irving Tishinsky of Sun Valley, Calif.
He then passed it on to his friend, the famed Thomas Barrett III. The next buy is the man or woman who sold the vehicle at RM Sotheby’s auction, who had the well-known Mike Fennel of Santa Clarita, Calif. restore the car to its current condition. The truth of this car is not in the hands of the men who owned, but rather how they used it.  The odometer is the original which is still intact, and operating. It currently reads the following numbers: 10,227.

A car that is eighty years old, that has had more than five different owners, with just over 10,000 miles.
To add to that, the entire make of the body, from the chassis to the engine is completely original.
Meaning that not only did the previous owner not drive the vehicle very often, they also kept it in pristine condition. The 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster is not just an old vehicle, it is a testament to the love the men who owned it. When reaching out to the buyer, RM Sotheby took a stance it often takes.
“We do not, under any circumstances, release any buyer information. All buyer information is confidential.” The purchase of the vehicle will remain a mystery until the owner reveals their purchase, If they choose to.

“Few of the Special Roadsters were built in this most desirable configuration, with high doors, a long tail, and factory left-hand drive.” RM Sotheby explains “It is believed that only six left-hand-drive longtail roadsters exist today. These cars are held in esteemed collections as centerpieces and seldom ever come to market.” RM Sotheby said. “When they do, they are even less frequently truly great cars that have led relatively obscure lives, such as the Sinclair Special Roadster.” The RM Sotheby’s description continues.
“Special is, quite simply, an understatement.”

EVENTS On Campus

MCC’s Disney College Program

Feb. 22, 2 to 4 p.m.
Southern & Dobson Campus
LB 145  

Event for anyone looking to start a career with Disney. This event will explain about the program and what can be expected while working for Disney.

Admission: Free

Grand Opening Of The MCC Art Gallery

Feb. 24, 6 to 8 p.m.
Southern & Dobson Campus
Located near the MCC Theatre  

The grand opening of MCC’s first Art Gallery. Celebrate 50 years of art and education. The gallery will have a variety of different art from previous students and so much more.

Admission: Free

Black History Month Key Note Speaker: Fatimah Halim

Feb. 29, 1 to 3 p.m.
Southern & Dobson Campus
Navajo Room in Kirk Center  

“In Celebration of Black History Month, Multicultural/ESL Services presents keynote speaker Fatimah Halim on Empowerment. Light lunch and entertainment will be provided.”
-MCC Facebook page.

Admission: Free

Book Club Rising Strong

March. 2, 2:45 to 4:15 p.m.
Southern & Dobson Campus
Southwest Reading Room  

This semester the book club is reading “Rising Strong” by Brene Brown. This club is for all the book lovers out there.

Admission: Free

EVENTS Off Campus

Grand Opening Of Mad Greens

Feb 4. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Mesa Arts Center
1 E Main St MesFeb. 16, 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Dana Park Village
1940 S Val Vista Drive #101 

The grand opening of Mad Greens restaurant. Fresh food for any food lover looking for a new take on a fast-casual restaurant.

Ticket information visit: www.madgreens.com

Peach Blossom Celebration

Till Feb. 28, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Schnepf Farms
24810 S. Rittenhouse Road. 

“Once a year over 80 acres of fruit trees start blooming at all different times and once a year, we open the farm up to celebrate that beauty.”
-Schnepf Farms website

Ticket information visit: www.schnepffarms.com

The Hayden Flour Mills Grain Experience

Feb. 19, 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Hayden Flour Mills at Sossaman Farm
22100 S. Sossaman Road. 

Ever wondered how grain is turned into food, this event gives an inside peak at how the magic of food is made.

Ticket information visit: www.haydenflourmills.com

Gregory Porter Live

Feb. 21, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Mesa Arts Center
1 E Main St. 

2015 Grammy winner for best vocal Jazz album Gregory Porter, preforming live at the Ikeda Theater.

Ticket information visit: www.mesaartscenter.com

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