Most classic car owners are accustomed to the unusual looks other motorists cast toward their relics on the road. But when Margaret Dunning is behind the wheel of her 1930 Packard 740 Roadster, she draws more attention than her vehicle.

Dunning, age 102, may be one of a small handful of classic-car drivers who can lay claim to the fact they're older than their vehicles.

She was born in 1910, and lives in Plymouth, Michigan, twenty years before her beloved Packard. She's been driving since she was 8 years old, and officially received her license at 12, after her father died. In an appearance at the Concours d' Elegance last month, Dunning recounted her start as an automotive aficionado.

"I'm just a farm girl, and my dad had a lot of machinery, and I adored my dad," she said. "I became familiar with the tools, because the minute I said I didn't know what I was looking for, he'd say, 'Go back to the house.'"

She owns several classic vehicles. In addition to the Packard, she includes a '66 Cadillac DeVille, a '75 Cadillac Eldorado convertible and a 1931 Model A in her collection. The one she still drives the most? Her everyday car, an '03 Cadillac DeVille. Occasionally, she still changes her own oil.

"Before old age overtook me, I could scoot under the car very nicely," she said.

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      Cathie
      • 2 Years Ago
      you go girl...you show them who is boss...I am proud of you...whhoooooooop whooooooooop
      Skip
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's a whole bunch of WTG'S and CONGRATES!!!!
      themanninggroup
      • 2 Years Ago
      GOOD FOR HER.! I WOULD LOVE THE YELLOW ROADSTER PACKARD. PLEASE ADVISE IF SHE WOULD LET ME DRIVE WITH HER. PLEASE ADVISE ASAP. S A MANNING
      imansmimi
      • 2 Years Ago
      Fantastic story....a true so get 'um gal. Love your story and love, love the car. Best Wishes to You!!
      • 2 Years Ago
      I saw this on the net months ago.
        musikhut
        • 2 Years Ago
        Yeah, with a copywrite date of 2011 on the vid, it's been around a little. It is the 1st time I've seen it, and judging from the comments, the same goes for a lot of others. Stuff like this needs repeating as a reminder that the world has not yet gone totally over the edge.
      betty2work
      • 2 Years Ago
      WOW, nice. & she does not look that old!
      Deby
      • 2 Years Ago
      She is totally AWESOME!!! GOD BLESS HER SPIRIT and her ability to still be able to keep, maintain and enjoy her wonderful automobiles!!!! May she have many more wonderful years to come!!!!
      Master
      • 2 Years Ago
      man, where do you find parts or a mechanic to work on that packard?
      hapdog1
      • 2 Years Ago
      WOW!! What a great story.
      • 2 Years Ago
      very good the 102 year old lady can drive with 82 year old car and she need to wear seat belt to safety but she is lucky and better wear seat belt. the car is very nice fastactic !
      Dandee
      • 2 Years Ago
      God Bless you and keep you safe!
      chicobird
      • 2 Years Ago
      Still dirves with her turn signal on.
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