Auto columnist for The Herald-Palladium

Two serious car guys on a successful Hershey adventure

Roy Margenau of Grass Lake, Mich., has a passion for classic vintage cars and owns such beauties as a 1928 Graham-Paige, a 1934 Rolls Royce Phantom II and a Ford Model T. For a long time he has wanted to add a 1938 Packard Twelve Touring Cabriolet to his collection. His wish came true when he was high bidder at the October Hershey RM Sotheby’s auction.

There were hundreds of vehicles available to bid on at RM Sotheby’s auction at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey, Pa., that I attended on Oct. 11. As it turned out, at least one of the automobiles sold that evening had a Michigan connection. The car purchased was a 1938 Packard Twelve Touring Cabriolet by Brunn, and the successful buyer was Roy Margenau, a car collector from Grass Lake, Mich. The Michigan connection makes for an interesting story and I’d like to share it.

While I have never met Roy, I became acquainted with him and his car collection through a mutual friend, Eric Soya of Grand Rapids. Eric is the editor of a regional car club newsletter and I have been sharing car columns with the club for the past year. In late October when I shared a Hershey Fall Meet column with Eric for publication, we discovered to our surprise that we were both at the RM Sotheby’s Hershey auction, in the same room and at the same time, and didn’t know it. It was our conversation after this discovery when I discovered the details about Eric and Roy’s Hershey adventure, and also about the magnificent Packard that was the focus of their fast-turnabout 51-hour trip (20 driving and 31 on the ground in Hershey.)