Own Tom Cruise's Personal BMW — And Raise Money for Hospital Charity — through eBay Auction

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eBay auction of 1983 BMW, 1st owned by actor Tom Cruise, to take place Aug. 7 - 14, 2005. Portion of proceeds to go to charity.

The year was 1982. 20-year-old movie idol Tom Cruise took some of his earnings from his first big hit, "Risky Business," down to a BMW dealer in Edison, NJ, not far from where he was living in Glen Ridge, NJ. He purchased a white, 1983 BMW 320is sport sedan with a sport-handling package, 1.8 liter engine and 5-speed stick shift. The original sticker price: $16,340.20. The EPA rated it 25 mpg.

Tom Cruise drove the car for about two years, putting some 19,000 miles on the clock. The car has been recently tuned and given a brake job. It is fully drivable, with 183,000 miles on the odometer.

It is likely to have been his first-ever new car purchase. And now, Cruise fans and car buffs can compete to own this authentic piece of American movie history and German automotive craftsmanship.

The car, a rare reminder of Cruise's East Coast roots, is currently owned by Feedbag recording artist Tommy Anton, who has put the car up for sale on eBayMotors—and who will donate a portion of the proceeds to Musicians On Call—a charity, endorsed by such prominent artists as Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Norah Jones, The Who, Tony Bennett, Melissa Etheridge, and many others, that brings performances directly to hospital rooms. (More information at http://www.musiciansoncall.org).

The sale is handled by Michael A. Graubart of Michael's Motorcars, Inc., in Neptune, NJ.

Authentication documents clearly tracing the car to Tom Cruise, pictures of the car, and the original window sticker will be posted on eBayMotors. The auction will run from August 7 through midnight, August 14, 2005. Prior to the start of the auction, photos and documentation can be viewed at http://www.myspace.com/tommyanton.

For information about the auction, please contact Graubart at 732-775-4444. For information about Cruise, the car's authenticity, or Musicians on Call, please contact Anton at 732-682-7692.

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Contact: Tommy Anton,


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