Keys to happiness: Son surprises dad with '57 Chevy for 57th birthday

Image: 57 Chevy Bel-Air

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By Kurt Schlosser

It's not quite Father's Day yet, but a Louisville, Kentucky, man's love and generosity should rev your engine if you're thinking about your own dear old dad.

Mike King says in a Reddit thread posted Friday that his father, Roger, always dreamed of owning a 1957 Chevy Bel-Air. Mike even promised, at age 8, that someday he would buy that car for his dad, who he says grew up poor in a family of seven children.

On Roger's 57th birthday, Mike fulfilled that promise and unveiled the classic car to his dad. It was all captured in a video uploaded to YouTube earlier this week.

In the video Roger is distracted trying to fix a cornhole game board in his son's driveway. Mike opens the garage door to reveal the car and when his dad notices it, Mike simply says, "Happy birthday." The two men hug and Roger sobs in his son's arms. They hug again when Mike hands Roger the keys in the garage. His dad checks out the car and leans over to kiss it.

Mike King detailed the story behind the car, which he traveled to New Hampshire to purchase, and his love for his dad on Reddit. He says he worked extra time at his factory job so he could afford to buy the car and that he's had it for two years. He admits to not having gotten much work done on it, but writes that his dad, who is now retired, will have plenty of time to do so.

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