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‘Aquaman’ star Jason Momoa had his wife’s first car restored

One of just three examples of a rare 1965 Ford Mustang

If all classic cars could be restored like this, what a wonderful world this would be. PHOTO FROM DIVINE 1 CUSTOMS

One of the greatest thrills any person can experience in this life is reuniting with his or her first love—whether that first love is another human being or an inanimate object. Like a car, for instance. Who among us hasn’t fantasized about getting back the very first automobile we ever owned and restoring it back to its former glory? We know we have.

This, in a nutshell, was the motivation of Hollywood star Jason Momoa (yes, Mr. Aquaman himself) when he commissioned a garage shop to restore the first car—supposedly a rare example of the 1965 Ford Mustang (a convertible version, of which only three units had been made)—of his wife Lisa Bonet. Bonet, who is nearly 12 years older than Jason, achieved TV stardom in the 1980s as Denise Huxtable on The Cosby Show. According to her hunky husband, Lisa purchased this Mustang when she was 17 years old, or some 35 years ago.

Here’s how the car looked like before the start of the restoration:

This is like seeing an old flame who is now very old and very weak. Very sad. PHOTOS FROM DIVINE 1 CUSTOMS

For the full-restoration job, Jason enlisted the services of a Las Vegas-based auto shop called Divine 1 Customs, which stripped the Mustang down to its last nut and bolt.

A project like this obviously isn’t cheap. And you need a competent shop to do it. SCREENSHOTS FROM JASON MOMOA

Here is the finished product:

If the restoration is done properly, every cent spent on it will be worth it. PHOTOS FROM DIVINE 1 CUSTOMS

Predictably, both Jason and Lisa were blown away when they saw the restored Mustang. Who wouldn’t be? Imagine seeing your first love after more than three decades—and she’s just as lovely (if not more so) as when you first laid your eyes on her. As the actor so accurately puts it, a first car is something you acquire “with love and a smile.”

Ah, isn’t this the whole point of living? SCREENSHOTS FROM JASON MOMOA

These pictures don’t do justice to the story. Watch the video here and be moved by the visuals and the music of Colter Wall. May this inspire you to track down your first automotive love and bring her back to her previous state. Assuming you have the resources to do so, of course. Good luck.

Vernon B. Sarne

Vernon is the founder and editor-in-chief of VISOR. He has been an automotive journalist since July 1995. He became one by serendipity, walking into the office of a small publishing company and applying for a position he had no idea was for a local car magazine. God has watched over him throughout his humble journey. He writes the ‘Spoiler’ column.