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Something Rare

See two unique, old Mercedes models

If you’re into cars — especially ultra-rare and expensive ones — then you will want to check out the Gilmore Car Museum, 6865 Hickory Road, in Hickory Corners.

Two ultra-rare German-built Mercedes-Benz 540 K models, considered by many to be among the most valuable cars in existence, are being showcased at the museum through April. Introduced in 1936, the 540 K featured a supercharged eight-cylinder engine that could easily propel it at speeds exceeding 100 mph, and it instantly became a favorite of the ultra-wealthy.

The two cars at the museum are an original 1936 Special Roadster that has been driven only 10,000 miles and a 1938 Sport Tourer that was hidden away in a basement bunker in East Germany during the Cold War and discovered decades later. Only two of these Tourers were ever built, and this is the only surviving example.

The Gilmore Car Museum hours are 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday–Friday and 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $13, or $10 for ages 7–17 and free for kids 6 and younger and active military members. For more info, visit