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June 7, 2014

Roy Sherry says 18-foot-long sedan caught his attention

NORMAN — Roy Sherry has great affection for the 18-foot-long boat of an automobile that a girlfriend christened Lola.

If there ever was a car built for comfort, not speed, it’s his 1985 Pontiac Parisienne Brougham sedan. That’s not to say the old girl’s 5-liter V-8 won’t get up and fly, and with overdrive transmission, it miraculously achieves 26 mpg on the interstate.

The Pontiac will go fast, but it’s the luxuriously plush and comfortable interior that is truly remarkable. Button-tucked crushed velour bench seats in desert beige with matching thick carpet are described on the original Pontiac window sticker as “deluxe.”

Its full price as delivered to Ferguson Pontiac in Chickasha was $15,093. The original paint job, flawless vinyl top, extensive body trim treatment and even pin striping are all wonderfully intact. Lola was assembled only 350 miles away at GM’s Fairfax plant in Kansas City, Kan.

Sherry was lucky to find the car. Actually, he wasn’t looking for Lola; she found him.

“I purchased the car Oct. 25, 2003,” he said. “I was doing errands and decided to pop by and say hello to my friend, Jim Barnett, who lives in northwest Norman.”

In front of the house was a car he’d never seen before. It was Lola.

“It was all sparkling clean,” Sherry said. “It turned out Jim was settling his mother’s estate and he had to get rid of this car. I told him I was interested and drove it five or six miles.”

The oil industry senior landman was so dazzled by Lola’s appearance that he didn’t even pull her dipstick for an indication that she’d been well-maintained. He’s bought many used cars over the years and generally does a detailed inspection first.

“This car was cosmetically so beautiful that I had to have it,” Sherry said. “Jim and I made a deal in a matter of minutes. I drove it home and just as I was turning into the driveway, the odometer turned to 50,000 miles.”

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