Sheryl Crow to Auction Off Vintage Car for Joplin Rebuilding Efforts
Sheryl Crow Getty Images

Some winning bidder will soon be cruising life's winding road in Sheryl Crow's 1959 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Roadster.

The Grammy award-winning singer said Monday that she's auctioning off the classic car next month and that the proceeds will go toward helping rebuild the tornado-ravaged city of Joplin in her native state of Missouri.

"Like everybody else in America, the coverage of the devastation in Joplin was just heart-rending," Crow said, according to the Springfield News-Leader. "We wanted to figure out a way to create some funds that were immediate and I looked around me and I thought about the Mercedes because I love the car and have such great memories, but I don't drive the car anymore."

The Raconteurs, Sheryl Crow Top Inaugural MI Fest Lineup

Crow hopes the car will fetch up to $500,000 at the Aug. 21 auction in Pebble Beach, Calif. But she says she'd be happy if it raises $100,000.

Crow was a schoolteacher in Missouri before launching her singing career with hits like 'All I Wanna Do' and 'Everyday Is a Winding Road.' The money will go to the Joplin Schools Recovery Fund and the Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri.

She had considered to hold a benefit concert but decided an auction could be planned quickly.

© 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Questions? Comments? Let us know: @billboard

Print