1 March 2011

Losses and Lessons: Safe Storage?

VEHICLE COVERED: 1966 Ford Mustang and 1961 Cadillac Deville

WHAT WENT WRONG: When you own a piece of automotive history that’s near and dear to your heart, it goes without saying that you want to keep it as safe as possible. Sadly, your car isn’t out of danger just because it’s parked inside a locked building.

For example, a 1966 Ford Mustang was all snug in its garage when a nearby shelf gave way and several cans of house paint tumbled to the floor. Two of the cans literally blew their tops when they hit the floor, spraying paint all over the sides and rear of the cherry-red vehicle.

And you’ve heard of a car hitting a deer. How ’bout a deer hitting a car… indoors? A 1961 Cadillac Deville was hibernating quietly inside its owner’s garage when a mounted trophy buck fell off the wall and crashed down on the Deville.

DAMAGE/LOSS: The Mustang was lucky in that the heavy paint cans didn’t actually hit the car. Even so, the paint splattered so far and wide that a complete repaint became necessary. Hagerty paid the client $4,553 to get the work done at the shop of their choice.

The Cadillac fared better, as the deer’s horns left scratches and dents in the passenger door that caused only $1,014 of damage, which Hagerty paid.

LESSON: Danger may be lurking inside your own locked garage – on storage shelves, in the rafters, even leaning against the wall. It’s important to think about any object that could get bumped, tipped or fall and cause damage to your collector vehicle, and move those objects a safe distance away. For extra protection, cover your car while it’s in storage.

2 Reader Comments

  • 1
    Joe Kearney Utica,N.Y, December 31, 2015 at 00:06
    $14,990 seems a lo value or such a car.Mileage? Original? Survivor? Restored at $$$$$ cost? Maintained and stored correctly? Correct tires,accessories, numbers matching vehicle,or correctly restored condition and specs?Receipts or all maintainence and upgrades? Original manuals, sales , contract o sale, sales literature? Original Shoroom catalog and paint chips? Over the years I've had my cars,it has cost $800,00 to the current $2,000 a year to store 5 cars,3 1957 Chevies,a 2002 Buick Century Custom, 66,000 miles, never in a body shop,a 1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue- 66,000miles,never in a body shop,Touring option,CD player in trunk still has plastic over it....NO parking lot dents,chips or scratches! In storage in inclement time periods rom October to May......Both neer cars ere amily cars, so I have all literature,all have original shop manuals and are all maintained and replacement parts are NOS........Receipts,manuals,original paper, provenance and history , any special stories during a car's existance, e.g. photos documenting stars or persons o note,conveyed in a particular car, are provanance or historical value.......a documented hisory or originality,and care to gather all available emphara re. the vehicle, having paid the prices I did e.g. original shoroom catalogs and shop manuals.......Ka pish??????
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    C. Lewis CA January 1, 2016 at 16:57
    That car really got covered with paint! Hardly any of the cherry-red is visible at all.

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