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Saturday auction of old cars in Cape conjures old stories

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Dale Gerhard

Evan Ide, a motor car specialist with Bonhams, looks over some of the details of the 1909 Premier Raceabout at the preview. A preview of items up for auction from the estate of the late Ralph W.E. Cox Jr., were on display at the Naval Air Station Wildwood hangar for bidders to inspect prior to Saturday's auction. Items included antique cars, musical devices, antique lanterns and fire apparatuses. Friday May 9, 2014. (Dale Gerhard/Press of Atlantic City)

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LOWER TOWNSHIP — Bob Smeltzer remembered him as a man who offered a Mercedes owned by Adolf Hitler, and used as a getaway car by Luftwaffe commander Hermann Goring, as collateral for a small business loan.

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10 images

Dale Gerhard

Evan Ide, a motor car specialist with Bonhams, looks over some of the details of the 1909 Premier Raceabout at the preview. A preview of items up for auction from the estate of the late Ralph W.E. Cox Jr., were on display at the Naval Air Station Wildwood hangar for bidders to inspect prior to Saturday's auction. Items included antique cars, musical devices, antique lanterns and fire apparatuses. Friday May 9, 2014. (Dale Gerhard/Press of Atlantic City)