Matt Dwyer, a Berwyn teenager who had a heart transplant in September due to a rare genetic abnormality, recently received a fully restored convertible Mustang thanks to Make-A-Wish Philadelphia and Paoli-based Turn5, writes Ron Southwick for the Harrisburg Patriot-News.
When he was first approached by Make-A-Wish, Dwyer suggested that others may be more deserving of help from the organization that assists kids facing serious illnesses. When pressed, he asked if he could get some repairs done on his 1983 Mustang.
However, Dwyer ended up getting much more than he expected.
His newly restored car was unveiled at the AmericanMuscle Mustang show at Maple Grove Raceway over the weekend. The Mustang was completely rebuilt and now has a new 5-liter engine and has been repainted black.
“I was blown away,” said Dwyer. “I thought they were just going to take some dents out. They went above and beyond.”
The crew of Turn5, the company that runs the AmericanMuscle show, put in hundreds of hours of work making over the car.
The teen’s delighted reaction to the unveiling made it all worthwhile.
“We have completely revitalized this car,” said Andrew Voudouris, Turn5 co-founder.
Read more about Matt Dwyer’s wish in the Harrisburg Patriot-News here.