Automobile's New York bureau chief Jamie Kitman runs a film-car company aside from his writing duties. The 12 or so cars lost in the fire were part of 27 total classic cars Kitman had provided to HBO, and each car had been provided to Kitman by a loving owner. Among the vehicles lost to the blaze: A yellow, low-mile 1990 Chevrolet Beretta Indy Pace Car edition; a mint C1500 pickup; a 454 SS pickup; several Corvettes and a rainbow-hued row of Camaros in various trims. Kitman said one fellow had even "spent a week putting together genuine Chevrolet loose-leaf binders exactly as they appeared on sales desks in 1990 and '91." Gone. Among the survivors, a Chevy Lumina APV "survived completely unscathed."
The local Shawanguk Journal wrote that the fire is believed to have begun in the showroom building, taking HBO cameras and equipment with it, too. Nobody was injured in the blaze, and Kitman wrote that he doesn't expect any issues reimbursing the owners for their financial losses. But these cars sound like personal treasures you'd find in the average neighbor's garage; no one's keeping a Lumina APV or a yellow Beretta in as-new condition as an investment. Those losses can't be undone.