Hagerty member Kenneth Martin recently spoke with Licensed Sales Agent Ashton Hartman and shared the story of his 1979 Cadillac Deville.
Kenneth’s love for classic cars began as a child. Influenced by his father’s enthusiasm, Kenneth spent a lot of his childhood at car shows, listening to old stories about cars and motorcycles, and even in old junkyards collecting hood emblems (which he still has today). Sometimes, to Kenneth’s frustration, when his friends would come over to go out, his father’s engaging stories about cars would hook them into changing their plans to hear more. Over time, these experiences produced the “oil [needed] in blood” to fuel his passion for classic cars and its culture. With this passion for cars filling his veins, Kenneth was ready to meet his Deville
He first laid eyes on his car while with his father down the road from a psychic reader’s establishment. The elegance of this car took his breath away and he instantly told his father he was buying that car…on the spot. He father thought he was crazy, but he went for it anyway.
They discovered it belonged to the son of a psychic gypsy, who happened to be walking by, dressed up in traditional gypsy clothing. They watched the mother and son fighting over the offer to purchase the son’s car until finally the mother took Kenneth’s deposit and placed it in her bra. The son was upset, and Kenneth believed that the mom had won the argument because her son was in gambling debt and they needed the money. Being so young, Kenneth had to allow the car to be registered and insured through his father. Kenneth loves this 1979 Deville so much he had to get another one. Unfortunately, someone rear-ended that one and he no longer has it.
Throughout the years, Kenneth and his father enjoyed many memories together, including allowing his father to use it in his old age, which he said was frightening. Now that his father has since passed away, and this car continues to hold their memories and passion for cars through his absence. He also continues to cherish this vehicle for its design and body, as more modern cars continue to look have the same “jelly bean” shape.