But what binds the couple together with the car is what Charlotte did for John to celebrate his 50th birthday. “I had been asking for a model of my car for many years and thought for sure I was getting one when Christmas came around,” says John. “But instead I received a hardtop similar to my car. Charlotte said she looked everywhere and made many calls, but they just didn’t have a convertible like my car. I was pleased with it and never thought another thing about it. However, I had no idea she had actually bought two of the hardtops, one to give me and the other to send to a place on the East Coast called Bosch’s Garage.
“She had located a guy by the name of David Best, and he had agreed for her to ship him the car along with pictures of my car including the engine, trunk, inside interior and outside of the entire car. She monitored the progress of the car via emails and right before my 50th birthday in August, he shipped her the car. She had a big party at the house, and the last gift being the replica of the Dart, right down to the stripes on the factory-correct matching Y2 Yellow color. He had even created a magazine laid in the front passenger seat that had my name on it; naturally, it was Mopar Muscle. It even has my exact license plates. It was the best birthday and the best present I’ve ever received, and I’ll never forget it.”