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By Christopher Wynn
Dallas Morning News Writer
At the height of her acclaim, American jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald did something extravagant after decades of singing success: She bought herself a car. A very special car.
In 1959, Fitzgerald custom-ordered a rare Mercedes-Benz 300D Cabriolet—one of only about 65 made. The long-wheelbase, four-door luxury touring convertible was more typically destined for statesmen parades, which explains the notches where flags could be mounted.