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Ford revamps Mustang for dad who sold car years ago to pay wife’s medical bills

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 5 days ago Blake Alsup

Ford surprised a dad who sold his beloved 1993 white Ford Mustang GT to pay his wife’s medical bills by revamping the car for him.

Wesley Ryan of San Antonio, Texas, sold the car in 2004 to cover the medical bills for his wife, Laura.

Even after she beat cancer and the couple’s children grew up, they never forgot how much the car meant to Ryan.

His children, Jake, 26, and Jeni, 22, saved money and searched for the car online. They found it on Craigslist, verified the matching VIN and bought it. And last September, they surprised Ryan with the car, ABC News reported.

The kids recorded their father’s reaction and eventually, Ford Motor Co.'s executive chairman heard about it.

He decided to give the car a complete makeover and partnered with Hennessey Performance, a high-end custom car shop, to restore the Mustang.

The car got a new 2018 Coyote 5L engine, transmission, suspension and brakes in addition to bodywork.

It was presented to Ryan on Thursday morning by Henry Ford 3rd at the Ford World Headquarters in Detroit.

“We heard about your story and we heard about what a passionate and tight-knit family you guys are and we kind of feel the same way around here at Ford,” Ford III said. “Wes, I know you made a pretty big sacrifice to take care of your family. So, this is your car.”

“We’re so happy to be a part of it and to be able to return it to you with, I think, some improvements that you’ll like," he added.

Ryan teared up as he sat in the passenger seat of the car he originally named “Christine."

“I never thought I’d be in this situation again,” Ryan told ABC News. “This (is) my first love, you know, car-wise . . . For her to be back like this is crazy.”


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