Bear's car

A 1972 Cadillac De Ville, formerly owned by Paul “Bear” Bryant, is currently for sale in Scottsboro.

Born and raised in Tuscaloosa, Roy Sanford met Paul “Bear” Bryant when Bryant returned in 1958 to coach the University of Alabama football team. Bryant told Sanford his calling was to preach, according to Sanford.

Bryant proved prophetic as Sanford was a church pastor by the time he was a senior in high school.

In a way, their paths crossed again many years later.

“In June 2011, I was blessed to become the proud owner of the last Cadillac [Bryant] owned,” Sanford said.

Sanford, now a resident of Scottsboro, said he bought the green 1972 Cadillac De Ville in Bastrop, Louisiana. Now, Stanford is putting the vehicle up for sale. His offering price is $30,000.

Sanford said he is selling the car because he needs money to use for ministry expenses. He intends to become a motivational speaker and entertainer. He also needs the money to put funds back into his 401K.

Sanford said the car needs an exterior paint job.

“There are no dents or collision damage, just oxidation and over exposure to weather,” he said. “There is a front bumper piece missing. The trunk lid needs the lock replaced.”

Sanford said the hood latch needed to be replaced or repaired.

“It currently has the original hub caps and the original styled white wall tires,” he said.

Sanford said the original interior of the vehicle is white leather on the four doors and seats.

“It is basically in good shape except the leather covering the driver’s seat area is cracked,” Sanford said. “It depends on a good detailed person as to what ought to be done inside.”

After spending much of his life in the ministry, Sanford said he eventually got into the real estate business and insurance business.

Also an author, Sanford said he plans to use some of the money from the sale of the car to publish his autobiography.

Sanford said the vehicle has a license plate, which is an Alabama Vintage Restricted Plate that never expires.

He can be reached at

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