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Son surprises mom with dream car in heartwarming Saab story

Justin Hyde
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Two and a half years ago, Canadian Corey Wadden set a goal of earning $1 million by the time he turned 25 to provide his mother with a retirement — something she, like millions of others, had not been able to save for herself in years of working before losing her job. While he's a long way from that goal, Wadden did manage to surprise his mother with a different present: a classic Saab she'd sought for years.

According to Wadden, his mother has spent years talking about wanting a particular old Saab, until he finally had her point out exactly what it was — a 1973 Saab 99 EMS coupe, one of the sportier cars the Swedish manufacturer sold in North America back in that era. Wadden says it took nearly a year of searching to find a Saab 99 in the proper color, then extract it from its owner, before he could spring the surprise.

Yes, buying a used Saab, especially one from the early '70s, might not be the wisest financial choice Wadden could have made. (His mother was apparently without a car before the Saab arrived.) And most documentary filmmakers don't become millionaires no matter how many years they try. But it's impossible to watch the video below and not be reminded of the things that matter far more than money.

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