Reunions
Man buys late Mom’s car and finds her belongings still in glovebox
John searched for decades and finally found her car, but never could have known the memories of her still existing in it.
Colby Maxwell
10.26.21

Seeing an old car that you grew up with is a great way to get a blast from the past!

Those feelings of nostalgia can’t be brought back a lot of other ways and feeling a piece of your childhood reawaken is an experience on its own!

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For one man, that search for nostalgia took him all around the country.

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John Berry has been on a search for his mother’s car for decades. It’s been a tough journey, but finally, years later, he was able to find it.

The car he was searching for was a green Cutlass Supreme that his father bought his mother back in 1971 – a hard car to miss!

John remembers getting in the car with his mom as she drove around town.

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John explained:

“I remember my mom getting in and putting the top down, putting a scarf around her head, and putting her sunglasses on to go for a ride.”

The memory was so important to him because his mom unexpectedly passed away when he was 15-years-old.

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After her death, John’s dad held onto the car for a few years before giving it away.

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After 5 years, he finally decided to sell it.

At the time, John wasn’t interested in it and when his dad finally sold it, it wasn’t that big of a deal.

As he got older, however, he recognized that he never really kept any of his mom’s belongings to remember her by and he regretted it.

With that in mind, he decided to search for the car himself!

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He was able to track down the man who bought it but he lived about as far north in the country as you can go! John lived in Kentucky and had to drive all the way to Traverse City, Michigan to get more information.

When he finally talked to the man who bought it all those years ago, he wasn’t interested in selling it.

Still, John stayed in contact with the man for around 22 years, and finally, it happened.

The man was getting into his later years and decided he had driven the car all he needed. He was willing to sell it to John.

With the car finally in his possession, he was able to connect with his mom like he had hoped to for so many years.

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John looked through the car and found all sorts of things!

Notably, he found a pair of her sunglasses in the glove box and a few maps that had her handwriting on them from past trips.

There were also some earrings and other trinkets that truly meant the world to him.

Finally reunited with his mom’s car, he is able to help his kids connect with their grandma!

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In a video, you can see them sitting in the classic seats, smiling. Nostalgia isn’t just for people who want to think about the past, it’s also a beautiful way to tell the next generation about the people who came before and made it all possible.

Watch him discovering his Mom’s belongings from decades ago in the video below!

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By Colby Maxwell
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Colby Maxwell is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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