After her husband died in 1999, Sandy Norris began fixing up his 1951 Ford Convertible.
She fixed the engine and painted the exterior Georgia peach.
“I didn't have any choice,” she said Saturday afternoon at Glendale's 19th annual Cruise Night.
Her husband had upholstered the seats a similar color before he died of esophageal cancer, and she wanted the inside and outside to match.
Ever since the La Crescenta resident upgraded the car, she's been displaying it at shows, her husband's wish. He had bought her a pearl-white 1949 Ford and then got the convertible so the two could show off the classic cars together.
Norris' convertible was one of roughly 400 cars on display along three blocks of Brand Boulevard in downtown Glendale. In the past, the event took up five city blocks, but as the city faced financial constraints, the event's budget was slashed to $42,000 from its previous $103,000.