Classic Car Enthusiast Loses Collection in Fire
As a classic car lover, your car, or your collection of multiple vehicles, is your pride and joy. Although these collectible cars make good investments, the real reason to have them is because you love them. Imagine your precious cars going up in smoke. That’s exactly what happened to Phil Russo or Montville, Connecticut. According to the Norwich Bulletin, Mr. Russo’s barn, along with his beloved classic car collection burned in a raging fire on November 21.
His dog Ella alerted him to the problem when she started barking uncontrollably around 5:30 that afternoon. Mr. Russo opened the door to see what was bothering her, only to find his barn engulfed in flames. By the time firefighters had put it out, the barn had been completely leveled by the fire. More importantly to Mr. Russo, his classic cars were destroyed.
According to local reports, Mr. Russo was only able to save one motorcycle from his collection, and was burned on his arms and hands in the process. Lost in the fire was his wife’s dream car, a 1967 Mustang, his favorite car a ’67 Plymouth Belvedere, a 1986 Monte Carlo SS, two Harleys, a 1980 FXE Low Rider, and a 1932 three-window Plymouth coupe. Mr. Russo had spent the last 20 years lovingly restoring the coupe and was nearly finished when the fire destroyed it.
This terrible incident in Montville underscores the importance of protecting your classic cars. The first and most important thing to do is have them insured. An insurance payout can’t give Mr. Russo back the years he spent working on his collection, but it can ensure that the fire does not represent a total loss. If you have classic cars, take steps to protect them with insurance, but also with common sense measures. Keep them in a garage to avoid theft. If they are stored in a barn or other structure, make sure it is in good shape and as fireproof as possible to avoid a tragedy like Mr. Russo’s.