CELINA — Whether it was working on them, selling them, or simply owning and enjoying them, Ron Hammons of Celina has been involved with cars his whole life.
“Over the years I have always been interested in mostly anything with a motor and wheels,” Hammons said. “While several have slipped away, I have managed to hang on to a few.”
After enjoying a 1923 T-Bucket and a 1979 Chevy El Camino for many years, Hammons started looking for something special to slim down his fleet, but yet have a special car to enjoy. He came across a Ford “Red 51” Custom two-door three years ago at a dealership that specialized in collector vehicles.
“I would say this is an old school custom that brings back the 50s that is just a lot of fun,” Hammons said. “It still has the six-volt system and that great flathead sound from the dual exhausts.”
The car has a “built” flathead, stick shift, a full custom interior in white with red trim and matching material in the finished trunk. Some of the trim has been removed from the hood and trunk lid and replaced with handpainted pinstripes and the dash is also finished to match, although all the original gauges and knobs are in place and operational.
“The car gets driven to shows and just going for drives for enjoyment,” Hammons said. “It gets waves and thumbs up all the time. It is one of those “I remember when” vehicles.”
Along with the Ford, Hammons also owns an original 1973 Corvette with only 45000 miles, which he bought new.
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