A Piece of History

A local man is in possession of Bear Bryant's final vehicle, 1972 Cadillac.

Born and raised in Tuscaloosa, Roy Sanford met Paul “Bear” Bryant when Bryant returned in 1958 to coach the Alabama Crimson Tide football team. Sanford recalls the legendary coach telling him his calling was preaching.

Bryant proved prophetic as Sanford was a church pastor by the time he was a senior in high school.

In a way, their paths sort of crossed again many years later.

“In June 2011, I was blessed to become the proud owner of the last Cadillac [Bryant] owned,” said Sanford.

Sanford, now a resident of Scottsboro, said he bought the vehicle, a 1972  green Cadillac, in Bastrop, Louisiana.

Now, Stanford is putting the vehicle up for sale. His offering price is $30,000.

“I bought this car and used all other expenses I have spent on this car with money I pulled from my 401K,” said Stanford. “Next February I will turn 77. I need to replace this money into my 401K to be used during my last year’s adding to what I draw from Social Security.”

Stanford said the car needs an exterior paint job.

“There are no dents or collision damage, just oxidation and over exposure to weather,” he said. “There is a front bumper piece missing. The trunk lid needs the lock replaced.”

Sanford said the hood latch need to be replaced or repaired.

“It currently has the original hub caps and the original styled white wall tires,” he added.

Sanford said the original interior of the vehicle is white leather on the four doors and seats.

“It is basically in good shape except the leather covering the driver’s seat area is cracked,” said Sanford. “It depends on a good detailed person as to what ought to be done inside.”

After spending much of his life in the ministry, Sanford said he eventually got into the real estate business and insurance business.

Also, an author, he said he plans to use some of the money from the sale of the car to publish his auto-biography.

Sanford said the vehicle as a license plate, an Alabama Vintage Restricted Plate, that never expires.

He can be reached at evangelistroysanford@gmail.com.

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