Auction house co-owner is parting with two of her favorites
“I’ve always been a Caddy girl,” Nancy Sevenoaks said.
“Especially as I’ve gotten older,” added the daughter of Leake Auction Company founder James Leake and the wife of the company’s president, Richard Sevenoaks.
Leake’s next sale is scheduled for November 17-19 at Dallas Market Hall in north Texas, where a collection of a more than a dozen Cadillacs will include two from Nancy Sevenoaks’ own garage.
Nancy Sevenoaks said she grew up with old cars. Her first was a 1901 Curved-Dash Oldsmobile with a tiller rather than a steering wheel, she noted. “But as I’ve gotten older, I like more comfort and what’s more comfortable than a 1940s or ‘50s Cadillac?”
While saying that her daily driver is a four- or five-year-old Cadillac — “that’s plenty new for me” — Nancy Sevenoaks said it’s time to let go of a couple of others. They are a 1948 Series 62 Sedanette Fastback and a 1950 Series 62 convertible.
The ’48 was a present from her husband, a car he pursued for several years before finally acquiring it in 1998.
“Growing up in this industry, Nancy was always drawn to Cadillacs,” he said. “Our 1948 was used in parades, weddings and photoshoots throughout Tulsa. She would pick the kids up from school and sporting events in it.”
But the car has been parked in the Route 66 Museum since 2016, he added.
“Oaks gave me that car years ago,” Nancy Sevenoaks said. “I fell in love with it, the lines, the steering wheel.” But she said the car does not have power steering. “trying to turn after you’ve stopped a 5,000-pound car is harder and harder the older I get,” she added.
She said she’s already suffering seller’s remorse in regard to the 1950 Cadillac convertible.
“I like to have a car for the Veteran’s Day parade and often have very old veterans in the car, so I need something comfortable.”
She also likes the lemon-yellow exterior with the car’s red interior, and adds that her parents would have loved the color combination.
“I love the car and I frequently drive it, filled with all my girlfriends.”
She’s consigned it to the auction, she said, but she’s already starting to think that she might have to buy something else to replace it.
While she’s selling two of her Cadillacs, she said she’ll never sell the 1970 convertible that her mother bought new and that has been in the family ever since.
If she wants another Cadillac, there are a dozen more on the docket, most of them offered at no reserve and many coming from a single consignor’s collection.
In addition to the Cadillacs that Nancy Sevenoaks is selling, there are a 1941 Tudor convertible (with fender skirts and an under-dash heater), 1942 convertible sedan, 1947 convertible coupe, another 1950 convertible, a 1961 coupe, 1954 Eldorado convertible, 1956 coupe (driven less than 72,000 miles since new), 1957 convertible coupe, 1963 convertible (driven less than 63,000 miles since new) and 1966 Eldorado convertible.
“We’re looking forward to a good auction,” Nancy Sevenoaks said, adding that the Texas economy has rebounded strongly from the hurricane and with new oil exploration taking place.
As a change of pace, she added, Leake will use only one auction block instead of its usual two at the Dallas venue.
“We’re going to try it,” she said. “We think this is a good time for the transition, and if doesn’t work, we can always go back to two lanes.”
Usually, the Dallas sale ends the year for Leake, but this year the company will do a boutique sale December 9 near Los Angeles with more than two dozen cars from the Rolland Racing Museum.