We came across this article not too long ago. Back in December a 15 classic cars burned, some dated back to the 1930’s. Even though the cars were insured the losses still cause an emotional ache not easily comforted. Think abut WHERE you store your car. Is the building as well cared for as your automobiles?
Just outside of Buffalo, a barn that had held 15 classic cars – two of them built in the 1930s – burn to the ground in a fire that some are describing as a “total loss”.
Mary Murray, a spokesman for the Buffalo fire department, told reporters that the fire started in a 60’ x 100’ barn just outside of Buffalo (about 10 minutes from downtown) on a nonworking farm. The barn had been used for a classic car collection for almost 15 years, and housed 15 antique vehicles ranging in value from just a few thousand dollars all the way up to $500,000.
The owners (Mr. and Mrs. Rausch) said that they had initially started classic car collecting in 1956, and just haven’t stopped ever since. First being introduced into the hobby by his father, Mr. Rauch The very first car he ever purchased (a 1935 Chevy pickup truck) in that barn until just a few weeks ago. Luckily, it was saved from the blaze, as it was stored far enough away from the property to keep it safe.
According to the family, they’re going to rebuild the barn just as soon as the insurance releases the money – and they’re going to dive headfirst into classic car collecting once again.