Mark Newman '58 always loved limousines. "They're fun and very impressive, and not nearly as much as you think," said Newman's widow, Diana. The couple bought their cars second hand, and because Mark walked to work and Diana doesn't drive, the limos were for fun and weekends only.
Some years ago, Mark decided to have his dream car built--a replica of a 1936 Mercedes limo. "It's 22 feet long!" Diana exclaimed. "It was custom built...it was a once in a lifetime thing."
Mark died from cancer on October 23, 2009, just a couple of days after seeing the car delivered. He saw the car with his wife and two friends from Yellow Springs, Dave and Peggy Erskine.
While Mark never got to drive the vehicle, "everyone says at least he got to see it," Diana said.
Diana recently decided to donate the proceeds from the sale of the car to Antioch College. While she isn't an alumna, she calls herself an "honorary member" of the Washington-area association, which often met in her home.
The car is now at Classic Rides and Rods. All proceeds benefit Antioch College.
Inquiries about the car should be made to Classic Rides and Rods.