OWNER: Anthony McDermid,
principal, TAP Architecture
CAR: 1960 Cadillac Coupe
COLOR: Persian sand
Don’t even think of calling McDermid’s Cadillac “pink.”
“It is not pink,” he warns in his British baritone voice.
And indeed it’s not pink, but rather Persian sand, a proprietary color for that model, with its 20-foot long body and tail fins.
“The color was unique to that year,” he says.
But as a young man, McDermid purchased a pink – yes, pink – 1959 Cadillac. When his father would cross the pond to visit Oklahoma, he always enjoyed that car.
“He said if I ever saw another one, he wanted me to buy it for him,” he says.
More than 25 years ago, McDermid was driving in Bethany and spotted a 1960 Persian sand Cadillac with a “for sale” sign in the window. He followed the driver and bought it on the spot. His father ended up in Norman and drove that car for the next 25 years. McDermid’s pink Cadillac is gone, but when his father passed away, he left his son the 1960 model.
With only 80,000 miles on the odometer, McDermid drives it around town some, and always gets a great response.
“On a pretty day, I’ll take it out and it absolutely makes people smile,” he says.
OWNER: Chip Fudge,
chairman, claims management resources
CAR: 1956 Lister Maserati
COLOR: British racing green with a yellow stripe
There are rare cars, and then there are one-of-a-kind cars. Fudge had his eye on a 1956 Lister Maserati that was locally owned. After seeing it for several years and expressing interest, he entered into about six months of negotiations with the seller. Five years ago, he purchased the car.
“This is an unbelievably rare car,” he says. “It is a one-of-a-kind factory car from Lister, and it has a great history.”
That history includes being built for Lister driver Archie Scott Brown to race in the 1950s against greats such as Stirling Moss. It ran in the 1956 British Grand Prix and numerous other high-profile races. Some of its appearances stateside have included Sonoma and Laguna Seca, both in California, Watkins Glen International in New York, and Sebring International Raceway in Florida.
It is strictly for racing, and not street-legal. It includes a rare Maserati A6GCS engine; one of only 44, Fudge says. The design is called a “flat-iron body” because he says it was meant to look like an old British flat-iron gunboat.
In the near future, Fudge hopes to reunite his car with some of its former racetracks, such as Goodwood and Aintree Motor Racing Circuit, both in England.
“My goal is to take it to Europe next year and run it on several of the tracks that it ran,” he says.
The car also caught Fudge’s eye because of its year: ’56.
“That’s my lucky number,” he says.
OWNER: Rocky Santiago,
owner, Santiago sports & classics
CAR: 1965 Aston Martin DB 5
OWNER: Meg Salyer,
president, accel financial staffing solutions
CAR: 1934 Aston Martin MK II
Rocky Santiago and Meg Salyer are united by their love of Aston Martins. Both have rare versions of the storied English automobiles. Santiago has an enviable collection of cars in his Oklahoma City garage, but his favorite is a 1965 Aston Martin – think James Bond in Goldfinger.
It is rare in that the steering wheel is on the left side – rather than right for English roads – and is handmade. It is numbered 2268L, the L for left. He bought the car in 1988 from a collector in Dallas.
“I always wanted one, and I saw one for sale,” he says.
That same day, he hopped on a plane for Dallas, but when he arrived, he faced bad news. The seller found out Santiago was a car dealer and said, “No way.”
“I said, ‘I am a dealer, but I want this car for me,’” he says.
The seller was not swayed, so the two went to dinner, and by the end of the night, he had convinced the seller that he indeed wanted the car for his own collection. In a contract Santiago signed with the seller, he promised not to sell the car for two years. Nearly 25 years later, the car is still in Santiago’s garage.
Salyer keeps her 1934 Aston Martin MK II in Santiago’s garage. There were only 166 made, and only 66 in the 1.5 liter short chassis version that her’s has. She bought the car from a collector in Cincinnati in 1988.
Tracing its heritage, Salyer found an interesting tidbit.
“The original owner was Ms. M.C. Smith in Yorkshire,” she says. “She has the same initials as me and my daughter.”
Records show the car changed hands several times over the years. It came to the United States in 1956, originally black, with a black leather interior. The car was painted red at some point, but the original interior is intact.
Salyer says it’s not the most practical car with its right-hand drive, gear shift on the driver’s left side and reversed gas and brake pedals.
“I don’t really drive it much,” she says. “It is very hard to drive. For me, it is more a piece of art than a functional driver.”
OWNER: Carolyn Trammell
accounting, Arrow Wrecker Service
CAR: 1965 Mustang
COLOR: Honey gold
In 1964, Trammell had heard the buzz about a new sports car from Ford, and decided to look into the Mustang as her first vehicle. She had about $1,500 saved, and with that in hand, she headed down to Fred Jones Ford to see what all the fuss was about. She soon decided that was the car for her.
“That’s when they came out, and I just decided I had to have one,” she says.
More specifically, it was in July of 1964. She ordered the car, and it arrived on Oct. 14. Prior to getting the car, she only had a learner’s permit.
“Back then, you didn’t get a driver’s license when you were 16,” she says. “You got one when you could afford a car.”
There were several options, from basic to all the bells and whistles. Trammell added air conditioning and an automatic transmission. The total bill was $3,050.
Over the next 15 years, she drove the car regularly and racked up about 98,000 miles. With the car showing wear, and the odometer nearing 100,000, she parked the car in her garage. It sat there for the next 17 years. During that time, the gas tank rotted and the car began to decay slowly. After all those years in the garage, Trammell pulled it out and did a top-to-bottom restoration. While the interior needed work, the engine and mechanical components were cleaned and are mostly original.
Recently, she has taken it on road trips to Texas and Kansas City. Initially, she just wanted to see if it could make the trip.
“I just drive it every once in a while,” she says.
The next big trip for her Mustang likely will be a 50th anniversary celebration for it in 2014 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.