Ryan White doesn't have his driver's license yet, but the 16-year-old AIDS victim happily accepted the keys to his own car as he was honored for his "ennobling" courage.
Ryan received the black 1987 Chevrolet Cavalier from the Indiana Independent Automobile Dealers Association.
"Ryan has shown that the ordinary things in life can be ennobling. He has the kind of courage that I think most of us would like to have," said the association's president, Fritz Kreutzinger.
Ryan, who contracted AIDS through blood products used in the treatment of his hemophilia, won a long legal battle to stay in public school after officials in Kokomo banned him from classes in 1985.
He has completed driver's education classes and plans to get his license June 9.