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‘83 Mustang raffle to raise funds for Super Cruise

May 22, 2012

SALEM - The city is raffling off a red 1983 Mustang GLX convertible sponsored by AMVETS Post 45 for the 2012 Salem Super Cruise.

The 3.8-liter V-6 has a three-speed automatic transmission and the odometer has under 12,000 miles on it.

Service Safety Director Ken Kenst said the deal to obtain the car arose when an estate being handled by Salem attorney Jim Taus "fell together."

He said the car matched up to the type of event the cruise is and the raffle proceeds will help cover Super Cruise expenses. The one-owner car has spent its lifetime in Salem, Kenst said, adding it has been "pretty much in storage."

"It's been started once a week for about 20 years," he said, noting he expected the raffle to be a one-time only event.

Tickets, which are expected to be available in the next day or two will go on sale at city hall for $10 each and sales will be limited to 1,000.

The car will be on display at events in town until the Super Cruise with advisor Jim Bonfert behind the wheel.

The car has about 11,900 miles on it and at 29-years-old that averages out to about 410 miles a year.

Bonfert drove car and said, "It's a good solid ride." He said the interior is "perfect ... it's nice ... there's no wear on it ... it's like new."

The car will detailed at Jimmy Murphy's Auto Station Inc. at the corner of South Ellsworth Avenue and East Second Street later this week.

The drawing will be June 24 during the Expert Tire Show 'n Shine in the municipal lot across from Timberlanes.

Kenst said he expects a sellout on the tickets, but if they don't they'll extend the raffle for "a short period of time."

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