Last week the lovely and talented Sheila (my VP of Sales at MCC) was on her way to work when she spotted a gorgeous classic car at the McDonalds near our offices. She couldn’t resist checking it out so she hit the brakes and careened into the parking lot. She jumped out to snap a pic with her phone and learned that the car was in the process of changing owners.
Being a gregarious individual, she introduced herself and learned that it was actually a replica of a ’34 Mercedes 500K. The car was originally owned by someone here in Evansville, but it was headed to France.
A Frenchman currently living in Chicago was the liaison for a friend of his that had flown over from France to purchase the car. They drove down from Chicago to do the deal, and then were going to drive it back to Chicago and prepare it for shipping to New York and then on to France.
Jean-Baptiste, the chap from Chicago, was familiar with the show so Sheila invited them over to the office so I could see the car. When they showed up we decided to break out the video camera and shoot some footage.
It really was pretty cool and beautifully done; timeless styling but powered by a 350 Chevy and with all the modern creature comforts like air conditioning and a killer stereo. I can only imagine how much fun it would be to drive it back to Chitown. At about $5 Mil for a real one, you probably wouldn’t be doing that. Plus, replica or not, I bet this baby garners reactions like Sheila’s where ever it goes.
The gentleman that actually bought the car didn’t speak English, but thru Jean-Bapitste I learned that there are some really good car shows in France and we agreed to put a plan together to try to shoot something over there next year.
And to think, all this because of a chance meeting at McDonalds. Hey, I’m lovin’ it!
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