Margaret Dunning became known as a living automotive enthusiast legend. At the age of 104, she was still deeply engrained in automotive culture, and earned the name “Grand Lady of Classic Cars,” as bestowed by Driving.
Dunning, although spunky as could be for a 104 year old, sadly passed away on May 17th after suffering a fall. But her legacy will live on, as many remember her pristine 1930 Cadillac coupe convertible. The 1930 Cadillac could be seen at nearly any concourse event, and was always in attendance for the Woodward Avenue Dream Cruise.
Dunning came from a 156-acre potato and dairy farm in rural Michigan and, after her father passed away when she was 12, her mother arranged for her to get a driver’s license to take over the family’s Ford Model T. Dunning then fell into the 1930 Cadillac after a friend told her about the abandoned car during the 1950s. She also owned a 1930 Packard and a 1966 Cadillac Coupe de Ville.
Dunning consistently described herself as “born with gasoline running through my veins.” It would have been an immense pleasure to know her personally. All the best to the Dunning family during this time.