One of the harsh realities encountered by some in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy is the damage done to their beloved classic cars. Such a story may not make it to CNN, so Hagerty Insurance set about chronicling the efforts by several owners to preserve their classics during the storm.

One owner from Staten Island lost a 1977 Ford F-250 Custom pickup. He tried desperately to save his truck, attempting to start it as the waters rose around the vehicle. At one point, he says the water started pouring into the truck. It eventually became impossible to open the doors, and had to crawl out the window. For him and others electrical, brakes and other systems failed when the brackish water rose around the cars.

Some may label the pining over a lost classic insensitive, given the larger issue of rebuilding and reclaiming these costal areas. However, these cars are as much a part of their memories as baby pictures or family heirlooms. There are personal connections with these vintage automobiles that may have been lost forever.

This video just goes to show the powerful bond that some owners have with their treasured classics.


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      Kimura
      • 2 Years Ago
      Really feel for those people and everyone who was a victim of Sandy. My deepest respect to those who said they were going to rebuild their cars and never get rid of them. That's exactly how I feel about mine. Some things you can't put a price on, they are worth more than the sum of their parts.
        Chris
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Kimura
        I could not have said it better myself. I can't believe that one man is going to just let his father's old Corvair go. You can't put a price tag on that sort of thing. He needs to rebuild that thing. If it's above, and beyond his skill level, or he simply doesn't have the time, then have someone else do it!!
      Chris
      • 2 Years Ago
      If this had happened to me, I would be upset at first, but would later see it as just another reason to take pride in my classic ride, especially once it's back up and running and looking like new again.
      Brodz
      • 2 Years Ago
      I feel like there needs to be some of classic car relief effort to go in there and set up a car hospital, and get the mechanicals working again, and fix the electrics and what not.
      Brian
      • 2 Years Ago
      That was hard to watch. So sad that the people lost their prized vehicles but it was very interesting to hear the stories behind them though. I'd be a wreck if I lost my car in a situation like that.
      dukeisduke
      • 2 Years Ago
      Awful, just awful. I hope that everyone is able to get their vehicles restored.
      Samuel J Ward
      • 2 Years Ago
      Unbelievable! With a full weeks notice that they would be flooded out, people still refused to be prepared. Don't ask for pity after the fact.
      Phil B
      • 2 Years Ago
      Fantastic video!
      brooklynzson718
      • 2 Years Ago
      There was bad flooding last year, these people should have taken their cars elsewhere if they cared so much about them.
        Chris
        • 2 Years Ago
        @brooklynzson718
        Often times, that's a little easier said than done. Maybe they didn't understand the full extent of what they were in for, got caught up in trying to prepare for the storm in to protect themselves and families, or simply didn't know of anyone, or place that would be out of the storm's path to keep their classic rides. And what do you say to those folks in the video that had several classic cars?
      m_2012
      • 2 Years Ago
      I feel for these cars that have survived a half a century or more and it only took a fool a short period of time to destroy it. Being a car site I will say this - I don't believe that losses to cars, boats, or motorcycles should be covered under insurance for something like this, including dealerships. It just drives up my rates for a loss that was avoidable. How many billions of dollars did we flip the bill for because of someones inaction? Its your car, likely the 2nd most expensive thing you will ever buy, take care of it. I don't want to. Let the down votes with no raional responses pour in....
      Matt Frawley
      • 2 Years Ago
      i hope you will restore your classic cars after Hurricane Sandy.
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