Dad Surprised With Duplicate Of Supra That Was Wrecked Years Ago
February 1st, 2018
There are some cars that just stick with us. Whether it's our first car or just a favorite, it can be hard to come to terms with the fact that they don't last forever. For this dad, that car was his 1985 Toyota Supra. Luckily, he has a son that made an awesome video like this possible. Twenty-six-year-old Dalan Ruttan gave Jalopnik the history of his family and the Supra that makes this surprise so much better:
"A little history on our family: My mom and Dad were newly married and looking to purchase their first house in the summer of 1991 In Victoria BC. At this same time my mother was pregnant with me and to add to it all my dad had finally found the car of his dreams in a local car dealership: 1985 Toyota Celica Supra in Super White, Sunroof, with Terracotta (maroon) interior.
To make a long story short, my mom got the house she wanted, my dad got the car he dreamed of (he literally had pictures of this supra around his office for years before he bought this one) and they both got a new baby boy. Me.
All this happened close to each other in summer of 1991. My dad took great care of his Supra. I remember fondly washing his car and especially the rims ( there were so many crevices!) as a young boy. I believe this car was one of the biggest attributes to me becoming a 'car guy'.
Unfortunately, when I was just 15 years old my Dad got into a bad car accident. He was coming home from work one night around 8-9pm on a weekday, I believe. He was driving down Shelbourne (a major street) enjoying his drive listing to his new CD David Grey - life in Slow Motion, when he was t-boned by someone who decided to try and race across the 4 lanes of traffic since they thought it was clear.
The reports say he was going around 100-120kmph from what I was told. they were in an Acura Integra, and they hit the passenger door square on, causing the door to crush all the way into the middle of the Supra. This pushed dad into oncoming traffic where he was hit by a Jeep on the driver’s rear quarter and spun him around and flipped upside down. Now, these old Supras don’t have airbags but were built to last and the paramedics said that if he was in any other car he would have been dead."
If you can imagine, his dad reminisced and talked about the Supra in the years since (as we all do about our favorite rides) and about 5 years ago Dalan thought it was time he got a surprise. The initial plan was to have the Supra as a Christmas gift but the restoration got delayed (as they usually do) and he moved the surprise back to last week. But let's be honest, is there ever a bad time for a gift like this?