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Associated Press, Published October 08 2010

Dealer selling car owned by tax protester Gordon Kahl

JAMESTOWN, N.D. – A Minnesota auto dealership is selling a car once owned by an infamous North Dakota tax protester gunned down during a shootout with lawmen.

Gordon Kahl owned the 1951 Chevrolet two-door sedan from 1957 to 1983, the year he was involved in a February shootout near Medina that left a U.S. marshal and deputy marshal dead.

Kahl stole a police car and fled the scene, eluding capture for four months before being killed in a shootout at an Arkansas farmhouse where he was hiding. A county sheriff also died in that shootout.

Kahl did not use the Chevy during either of the shootouts, but the federal government confiscated it as evidence and held onto it until auctioning it off in 2006, The Jamestown Sun reported. The buyer later sold it to Clearview Automobiles in Edina.

Dealership owner Conan Stanton said he is certain of the car’s ownership history.

“I’m old enough to remember the Posse Comitatus,” he said, referring to the organization to which Kahl belonged. “When we saw the name we went to some of my relatives that are history buffs and looked it up in the books, and we’re able to confirm the story of the car.”

Stanton said he is not marketing the car with a premium price.

“Actually our price is below what cars like this bring normally,” he said. “We’re priced at $15,000 and cars like this often sell in the mid-$20,000 range without any historic ties.”

Whoever buys the car will receive copies of the titles held by the three previous owners, Stanton said.


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