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76-year-old car gets new life
Lawrence and Beverly Denney (center) show off their restored 1940 Oldsmobile with their grandchildren Isabelle (far left) and Wyatt (far right) Davis. The Denneys drove the youths to school last week in the car, much like Mrs. Denney did with her two children in the 1960s. Photo provided
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
This is a story that some may say was 76 years in the making. Others could rightfully argue that it was a mere seven years in the making.
 
Whichever route one chooses, it can be said it is a story about a man on a mission, a mission he completed earlier this spring.
 
Lawrence Denney, who retired as president of Denney Motor Sales in 2008, set out in 2009 to restore a 1940 Oldsmobile 60 series two-door sedan.
 
“I had two main things driving me to re-do it,” Denney said, sitting at the kitchen table of his Sivey Street home. “First off, my wife Beverly drove our children Tim and Sharon to junior high school in this car. Secondly, it was the first year for the Hydramatic transmissions.
 
“I guess those two things influenced my decision to do it.”
 
Posted on 2016 Sep 20