The business offices and a warehouse storing more than 100 rare vehicles at Country Classic Cars in Staunton, IL caught fire Tuesday, destroying several vintage automobiles.
No people were injured in the giant blaze, but the loss felt by collectors and enthusiasts of so many irreplaceable vehicles is palpable. It’s okay to shed a tear. We might.
Country Classic Cars is a well-known and popular seller of vintage cars and trucks located about 40 miles northeast of St. Louis, MO.
Before the fire, they boasted an inventory of more than 600 cars—mostly American—ranging from the 1920s into the Malaise Era (when new stringent U.S. government regulations for automakers implemented for model year 1973 effectively ended the glorious Muscle Car Era).
The crew at Jalopnik wrote an excellent article about the fire at Country Classic Cars, and shared several video tours of the company’s warehouse inventory. You should go check that out, as well as a local report from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch here.
Here’s to the good folks at Country Classic Cars bouncing back quickly from this unfortunate incident.