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Big cars featured at at annual Mennonite Relief auction

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Friday, April 4, 2014, at 4:36 p.m.
  • Updated Saturday, April 5, 2014, at 7:19 a.m.


— Jerry Toews normally is tuning, cleaning and polishing on several vintage cars or trucks this time of year, preparing for the upcoming Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale, where donated vehicles are auctioned off to benefit people in 55 countries around the world.

But this year his efforts have been focused on two somewhat newer, much larger cars: a nearly pristine 1985 Lincoln Town Car and a massive 1972 Buick Electra 225 hardtop.

“We’ve got two long cars this year,” Toews grinned, noting that one, or possibly both, could become the basis for low-rider projects. “Car-wise, this will be a very different auction.”

This year’s relief sale at the state fairgrounds in Hutchinson is scheduled for April 11-12, with the cars and seven vintage tractors crossing the auction block on April 12.

The Lincoln was donated by Midway Motors of McPherson, which acquired the car from its original owners, who took very good care of it, covering only 57,000 miles while they had it.

“I don’t think I’ve ever ridden in a car that rides as nice,” said Toews, who pointed out that the Lincoln rides on genuine wire wheels. “It would be like buying a new car. I’m not sure they ever opened the trunk on it.”

The Buick has a few more issues, with some minor dings needing to be smoothed out, some engine work needed and a couple of upholstery issues.

“It’s got 150,000 miles on it and it had been sitting quite a while. The thing it’s got going for it is that it’s a two-door hardtop. It would be good for restoration,” Toews said. The Buick was donated by the late Charlie Unruh and his wife, Dora, of Peabody.

For more information on what is always a fun sale, with lots of great food, beautiful quilts and Kansas crafts, go to: www.kansas.mccsale.org.

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