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Dubuque Police Department receives piece of history

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- The Dubuque Police Department has acquired a piece of history - a 1948 Chevy Stylemaster donated to the city this month.

For the last month the old police car has sat at Wenzel's Tow Company.

"I think it's a piece of history and obviously Dubuque history," Wayne Klein said.

Monday afternoon crews loaded the car to take it to its new home.

"Mechanically it needs some attention but body wise it's actually pretty good for something that old," Klein said.

It's a 1948 Chevy Stylemaster and it's the latest addition to the Dubuque Police Department.

"For something that old. It's nice and solid," Klein said.

Klein is one of several people who will be working to fix up this car.

The car's primary purpose will be public events and parades.

The Stylemaster was donated by Mark Kisting, a retired Dubuque police officer, who wants to preserve history.

Over the course of the next year Klein's crew will work to clean up the outside, replace the tires, build a new engine and anything else they find needs a fix.

The Dubuque Police Department expects the project to cost about $15,000. They won't be using any tax dollars to pay for it. Instead a historical committee has been formed to find alternative ways to pay. The project is expected to be complete within a year.

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