In July 2019, my cancer returned after six years, which also caused me to retire from my law enforcement career of some 36 years. I then started a treatment plan and in October, on my birthday, I couldn’t even eat any cake my wife, Kate, had gotten.
So I sat in the corner and just was looking through my iPhone and saw the RM Sotheby’s Hersey, Pennsylvania, auction.
I never before participated nor had any past auto experience. But I noticed a 1930 Marquette Phaeton and placed the winning bid and bought the car.
It was a 90-year-old car but its lines and beauty just made me happy inside, and thus it became my birthday cake.
According to RM Sotheby’s auction catalog, the Marquette was Buick’s “companion” make (like Oakland and Pontiac), but was a 1-year-only model. The Marquette was smaller and less expensive than the Buick Series 40 and had an L-head 6-cylinder engine of 213cid and 67 horsepower.
This Marquette was a sedan when it left the assembly plant but was converted to a Phaeton body. This restored example was purchased by the Merrick Auto Museum in 2012 and is one of the few Marquettes surviving.
After I bought the car, Reliable delivered it to a nearby storage facility. The car has been in storage since, though I had the chance to wax it once due to still continuing my cancer treatments. But it makes me happy just to look at its beauty even if just to look at it.
I’m more than thankful to have made it part of my life and hope I survive, this is my fourth cancer over the past 30 years. I hope to add more such autos to start my own collection.
For this I am very thankful, and it all gives me the courage and hope to push forward. Thanks for giving me something to strive for.
— Paul Turowski, Quincy MA
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