A 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee that was the first new vehicle of former President Barack Obama goes to the auction.
The Cherokee, which has at least 133,000 miles, will be auctioned on 26 June University Archives in Westport, Connecticut, and is expected to bring at least $ 50,000.
Obama has lovingly spoken about the vehicle that he bought while he was a senator in Illinois who lived in Chicago.
& # 39; The first new car I ever bought was a Grand Cherokee & # 39 ;, he said in a 2010 speech for employees of the Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit who built the vehicle.
This Jeep Grand Cherokee from 2000, the first new vehicle of former President Barack Obama, goes on auction on 26 June
The car has at least 133,000 miles, but it has been kept in a showroom for the past decade
Obama, seen in 2004, bought the vehicle when he was a senator in Illinois
The glovebox found a handful of Obama campaign cards for the US Senate and a card for his office as a senator from the state of Illinois.
& # 39; Until then I had a few old used used cars & # 39; s & # 39 ;, he continued. & # 39; I still remember walking into that showroom and driving that new car, swapping that new car, everything working, everything electronic, and I had to roll my windows up to that moment. So I have good memories of that car. & # 39;
Obama sold the car a few years after he bought it, and he ended up at a dealer of used cars in the Chicago area.
In 2004, a woman named Liz Murphy bought it and recognized the name on the title: Barack Obama, who then ran for the US Senate and had recently delivered an exciting keynote to the Boston Democratic National Convention.
Murphy had the foresight to make a copy of the title before the Cherokee was transferred to her name, but kept driving as her daily vehicle.
In 2010, after Obama was elected president, she auctioned off the vehicle.
It was purchased for $ 26,437.50 by John Reznikoff, a well-known history enthusiast, collector and the owner of University Archives, who sold the car later in 2010.
Obama has recalled the vehicle in this 2010 speech for employees of the Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit who built the vehicle
Liz Murphy, who had bought the Cherokee from a dealer of used cars in 2004, had the foresight to copy the title when she saw the name of the then Senate candidate Obama
The auction includes a lunch order in Obama's handwriting (left) and a note from the former police chief of Elmhurst (right) hoping to talk about a law on racial profiling
Almost nine years later, the current owner once again offers the car for sale through the University Archives auction.
The auction also contains various items found in the glove compartment of the car:
- A handwritten note from John Millner to Senator Obama: & # 39; .. I wanted to discuss some ideas about the profile bill … I would like it to work … Please call me at your leisure. … & # 39;
- Comments in Obama & # 39; s hand from a lunch order.
- Six Obama for Illinois Senator Cards.
- A Barack Obama calling card as a state senator.
- Six business cards of people and sights for Obama mixed with his other business cards.
- Two plastic cards for the Grant Park underground parking garage, three paper tickets for the Grant Park South parking lot at 325 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago IL, a Valet parking number and a parking ticket for the Parking Plaza Garage at 1 Plaza Conference Center in Springfield, IL.
- Two paper coupons, each for $ 20 Economy parking at Chicago Midway Airport, both date from 2003, while Obama owned the car.
Two paper coupons, each for $ 20 Economy parking at Chicago Midway Airport, are both from 2003, while Obama owned the car
The lot contains two plastic cards for the Grant Park underground parking garage, three paper tickets for the Grant Park South parking lot at 325 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago IL, a Valet parking number and a parking ticket for the Parking Plaza Garage at 1 Convention Center Plaza in Springfield IL
The first item seems to refer to an anti-profiling law that helped Obama pass as state senator in Illinois.
At the time, Millner was chief of police at Elmhurst Illinois and signed the note with the Elmhurst PD notation.
Millner would later serve as a representative of Illinois State for the 55th district from 2003 to 2005, and became the Republican member of the Illinois Senate, which represented the 28th district from 2005 to 2013.
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