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Daughter Tracks Down Dad's 1936 Sedan 21 Years After He Sold it To Pay for Seminary


Twenty-one years after he sold his beloved 1936 Ford Sedan, a Virginia man laid eyes on it once again, thanks to his loving family.

Randy Martin was just 16 when he met the first love of his life — a classy white 1936 Ford Sedan.

Martin restored the vehicle and won first prize in many car shows.

But as Martin grew up, married and started a family, priorities changed.

In 1993, Martin felt called to attend seminary. In order to pay for the schooling, the old Sedan had to go.

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Martin’s daughter, Stephanie Hamren, remembers the pain on her father’s face when he sold his beloved car — but to Martin, selling the car was the right thing to do at the time.

“My dad talked about this car for as long as I can remember, always saying he would buy it back if he could find it,” Hamren wrote on a GoFundMe page she started on behalf of her father and his beloved car.

“Well, last year I began the search because it’s been my dream to buy it for him,” she wrote in 2016.

Hamren and her family began searching for the car and were thrilled when they found it. They carefully arranged the purchase and brought the car back to Virginia, all without Martin ever suspecting a thing.

The day finally came to reunite Martin with his old car.

He stood in shock, at first, completely speechless at the sight of the white beauty he hadn’t seen in over 20 years.

Emotion crossed the man’s face as he turned away, wiping tears from his eyes.

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“God is so good to make this happen for me and my family,” Hamren wrote.

“Finding the car, getting the money and getting it half way across the US with no problems is truly a blessing from God!” she said.

Over the years, Hamren and her father have worked side by side to restore the car once again.

But the car has taken a back seat for now, as the family has struggled to keep up with mounting medical bills.

“All extra money has been spent on my mom’s hospitalization this past year, it’s my dream to get this car back on the road for my Dad,” Hamren explained.

The car-loving community has surrounded Hamren and her father, giving nearly $3,000 to help the Ford Sedan get back on the road once again.

Whether the car ever runs again or not, Martin already has the real gift — the love and dedication of his family.

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A graduate of Grand Canyon University, Kim Davis has been writing for The Western Journal since 2015, focusing on lifestyle stories.
Kim Davis began writing for The Western Journal in 2015. Her primary topics cover family, faith, and women. She has experience as a copy editor for the online publication Thoughtful Women. Kim worked as an arts administrator for The Phoenix Symphony, writing music education curriculum and leading community engagement programs throughout the region. She holds a degree in music education from Grand Canyon University with a minor in eating tacos.
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