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1927 Marmon Model L – Ultra Rare – Found in Storage

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By    |   Thursday, 07 December 2017 10:55 AM

A 1927 Marmon Model L car, which some experts consider ultra-rare and perhaps the only one in existence, was found in storage in Illinois.

Al Cherpeske discovered the surprising find while going through the belongings of his brother, Kent Cherpeske, who died in April, the La Salle News-Tribune reported on Wednesday.

Cherpeske told the News-Tribune that his brother purchased the vehicle, a two-door Marmon, from John Warfield about 50 years ago, towing the vintage vehicle to his house with his 1962 Oldsmobile.

He said he believes the vehicle has been in the garage ever since. He also found a partial four-door 1927 Marmon in Kent Cheperske's backyard, covered up with a tarp, according to the News-Tribune.

The Marmon Motor Co., which was based in Indianapolis, produced "innovative and stylish" cars in the 1920s and employed some 5,000 people, according the American Automobiles website. The Little Marmon was called "a great success" by the website, selling 10,095 vehicles its first year and by 1928, more than doubling those sales to 22,323.

"We believe this Model L is the only known surviving example of a two-door, two-window Model L sedan," said the Marmon Club, a club of owners and enthusiasts, in its fall newsletter, per the News-Tribune.

Dennis Breeden, an automobile collector from Plainville, Indiana, agreed to purchase the vehicle from Al Cherpeske after seeing the rare find for himself, the newspaper reported.

"I am interested in that going to somebody who loves the car and see that my brother's wishes are met," Al Cherpeske told News-Tribune.

Breeden told the newspaper that it was worth the drive neighboring Indiana to get his hands on the Marmon.

"It's a project but I'm excited about it," Breeden said, according to the News-Tribune. "It's a very rare car, that body style, well worth fixing up."

Al Cherpeske also sold his brother's 1928 Pontiac to a buyer in Illinois and a 1971 Corvette to Jim Beard, who began helping him find a buyer for the Marmons, the newspaper said.

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