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Rare 1938 Mercedes on display at G.R. auto show

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- A one-of-a-kind Mercedes highlights the Michigan International Auto show, which gets underway Thursday at DeVos Place.

Vehicles you can buy now, with the latest conveniences, to million dollar collectables, will be part of the 16th Michigan International Auto Show.

Nearly 40 car makers from around the world are represented including Maserati for the first time. If you can afford to buy a Maserati, it comes with a Ferrari engine.

There is one car that most people can't afford, it's a 1938 Mercedes 540K Sport Tourer, one of two built and the only one that still exists. The car was discovered 60 years after it was buried in a bunker in Dresden, Germany just before World War II began.

"The original owner is still a mystery to us, but the goal was to keep it from the enemy and of course, the enemy was the allies-- that's us," explained Jay Follis of the Gilmore Car Museum. "60 years later it was found in remarkable condition and it ran, believe it or not!"

The car is one of 12 vintage vehicles from the Gilmore Car Museum. There is no price for the Mercedes, but Follis says it probably is the most expensive car ever at the DeVos Place show.

There are over 300 cars on display. The Michigan International Auto Show runs Thursday through Sunday.


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