Rarest and Most Expensive Classic Cars

The president of an Illinois-based banquet and catering company, Jeffrey Bussean is responsible for managing administrative staff. Since starting his career 40 years ago, he has created such private event venues as the Grand Ballroom and Chateau Bu-Sche’. Outside of his professional responsibilities, Jeffrey Bussean maintains an interest in classic cars.

According to the Classic Car Club of America (CCCA), a classic car is any automobile produced between 1925 and 1948, but many cars outside of those years are deemed “classic.” Following are some of the rarest and most expensive classic cars that align with the CCCA’s definition.

1. 1931 Bugatti Royale Kellner Coupe: originally produced with the intention of selling the car to royalty, the 1931 Bugatti Royale Kellner Coupe experienced lower demand than expected due to the Great Depression. As a result, only six vehicles were ever made and the car is estimated to hold a value in the $20 million range.

2. 1929 Mercedes-Benz 38/250 SSK: with only around 30 to 35 cars of this model produced, the 1929 Mercedes-Benz 38/250 SSK was the last car designed by Ferdinand Porsche before he left the company and began producing his own cars. A nearly all-original car of this model most recently commanded nearly $7.4 million at auction.

3. Jaguar XK120: coming out just a few years after the end of World War II, the Jaguar XK120 was one of the first post-war sports cars produced. With fewer than 250 original models made, it was the fastest production car in the world when it was released, reaching a top speed of 120 miles per hour.


Childreach International’s Relief Efforts in Sindhupalchowk, Nepal

Jeffrey Bussean is the president of an Alsip, Illinois, catering and banquet enterprise that organizes custom events at elegant private venues. Jeffrey Bussean is actively involved in community affairs and supports nonprofit organizations such as Childreach International.

Childreach International builds partnerships throughout the developing world that enable vulnerable youth to stay healthy and receive a decent education. One current Childreach effort assists children who were cut off from needed supplies by the tragic April 2015 earthquake in Nepal.

A particular effort has concentrated on reaching rural communities in the Sindhupalchowk region, which was isolated due to earthquake-triggered landslides. Through coordinated efforts, Childreach was one of the first aid organizations to reach approximately 50,000 people. On May 15, a temporary learning center was established. The structure was designed to provide shelter throughout the monsoon season and a place where more than 60 local children could be educated each day. The school also gives psychosocial support that mitigates increased risks following a natural disaster, such as human trafficking.

Characteristics of Film Noir

The president of a social and corporate catering company in Illinois, Jeffrey Bussean has created unique, private event settings at a variety of venues during the course of his more than four-decade-long career. In his leadership role, he provides hands-on direction to his employees and handles public relations and business development. Outside of work, Jeffrey Bussean enjoys a wide range of hobbies such as watching film noir.

Born out of the post-World War II anxiety and pessimism, film noir is a style of black and white film popular in America between the 1940s and 1960s. This style of film maintained several common characteristics, some of which are discussed below.

Fatalistic attitudes: Most characters in film noir works maintain the belief that their life has already been planned out. The idea that free will is not real is prevalent in this style of film, and most stories revolve around a single mistake that continues getting worse every time the character tries correcting.

Characters: Rather than having a typical hero character, film in this genre are largely made up of characters who are conflicted and who lack a clear moral compass. Since most works focus on stories relating to crime, characters are often detectives, private eyes, gangsters, and the like.

Voice-overs: During the time that film noir became popular, much of society supported the idea of Freudian thought. As a result, film noir works heavily feature voice-over work that provides viewers with an idea of a character’s inner thoughts throughout the story.

Cinematography: In order to reinforce the plot’s dark themes, film noir movies feature sharp shadows and a lot of blackness. They place a strong focus on camera work, and skewed camera angles are often used in conjunction with a claustrophobic feel to emphasize the story’s grittiness.

Hearing Health Programs from Sertoma

A catering executive for the past 40 years, Jeffrey Bussean also takes an active role in his community. Jeffrey Bussean supports a number of local and national nonprofit organizations, including Sertoma.

Founded as a hearing health organization, Sertoma strives for a society in which everyone has the opportunity to hear. Toward this end, it sponsors the development of hearing and speech care as well as educational outreach programs. Its hard of hearing or deaf scholarships support students with significant hearing loss who are pursuing a college education. Additionally, the Communicative Disorders Scholarship provides financial aid to students pursuing graduate degrees in speech-language pathology or audiology.

Sertoma also provides public education on noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). Its SAFEEars! Program publishes and distributes materials targeted at individuals of all ages, from elementary school students to adults, and teaches both NIHL awareness and strategies for safe hearing. Students ages 11 to 19 are also eligible to join the organization’s community activism Serteen, and college students may become part of a collegiate Sertoma club.

Further, Sertoma publishes a list of organizations nationwide that support access to assistive devices. The organization as a whole advocates for support programs such as those that provide as induction looping. This simple technology enables hearing aids to receive signals from microphones and other public announcement devices. Groups across the country may also work with Sertoma to expand services, thanks to the organization’s Adopt-an-Agency program.

Education Outreach through Plan USA

Actively involved in his community, catering company president Jeffrey Bussean contributes to such outreach organizations as Plan USA. With support from Jeffrey Bussean and other donors, Plan USA helps to improve educational access and outcomes for children around the world.

Dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty for children and their families, Plan USA designs and implements solutions centered on community empowerment. These solutions strive for long-term change by directly addressing those factors that keep children from reaching their potential. A lack of basic education stands out as one of the most salient of those factors.

Across the world, 75 million children of primary school age do not attend a formal education program. Many of these children are out of school because there is simply no school or no space in schools near their homes. Plan USA addresses these issues with school-building programs as well as assistance that supports the inclusion of children with disabilities and other medical conditions.

Plan USA also strives to improve the quality of education worldwide. In 26 countries, its School Improvement Program has provided textbooks and other learning materials in addition to teacher-training programs. Meanwhile, Plan USA communicates with children in schools around the world to discuss the needs of their communities and involve them in outreach projects.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Chicago Beginnings

Jeffrey Bussean, president of a catering and banquets company, has worked to create elegant event venues in locations that have historic significance. One of Jeffrey Bussean’s many interests is historic preservation. Among the organizations he supports is the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust.

Headquartered in Chicago, the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust aims to educate the public on the works of influential American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The organization preserves and offers tours of many important Wright sites. These include his Chicago home and studio as well as several buildings throughout the Chicago area.

While Frank Lloyd Wright worked in other areas of the country, he spent the first twenty years of his career in Chicago. These years were particularly formative ones for his career and art. During this time, he developed his Prairie style and his modern vision, which helped to bring Chicago to the forefront of architectural innovation. Today, Chicago and its surrounding suburbs have a higher concentration of Wright buildings than any other area. His works continue to be studied by people all over the world and serve as inspirations to those the field of architecture.