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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      • 2 Years Ago
      Love everything about this story!
      Tom
      • 2 Years Ago
      Cool
      mallyajones
      • 2 Years Ago
      Awesome Margaret hats off too ya 102 omg proud of you Nice car too u r awesome
      myliturside
      • 2 Years Ago
      people who are smart, will fix something when it is broken, and not throw it away...people have spent as much on getting one car after another during their lifetime, and don't even own a home. hard lesson of life .
      Jane
      • 2 Years Ago
      What a cool lady!!!! My goodness. She does not look her age and she is sharper than some middle aged people around here..lol. Bless her heart!
      queencatfish2
      • 2 Years Ago
      Beautiful car and beautiful lady- they sure don't make cars or people like they used to!
      semperfitexan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice car .I have noticed that the older people get the bigger their cars get .
        hokanut
        • 2 Years Ago
        @semperfitexan
        As an aging person I can tell you thats an optical illusion...were shrinking.
        neddicklight
        • 2 Years Ago
        @semperfitexan
        In her case, she had this car when she was much younger, so your statement does not apply to her. Besides, the reason a car like that is so big is that these days, all the car companies want to manufacture are small cars (some are so small, they look like toys...or half a car). The bigger the car, the safer it is if you happen to get into an accident. In any accident, it's the smaller car that gets the worse damage and the person in the smaller car will most likely sustain the greater injury..
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice car Maggie. Show em how it's done. lol
      sseary
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm thinking that packard doesn't have power steering, either.
      Tom
      • 2 Years Ago
      What a fantastic story.
      • 2 Years Ago
      NOW THAT'S A TRUE GANGSTA!!! NO LIE
      themechanicsix
      • 2 Years Ago
      I can tell ya right now she doesn't drive that hunk of junk every day
        Donna
        • 2 Years Ago
        @themechanicsix
        You don't know a classy car when you see one.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @themechanicsix
        I can tell ya right now she doesn't drive that hunk of junk every day It is not junk ! That is a beautiful classic roadster !!! I'd love to get a ride in it one day.
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