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Rare car collection destroyed in California fires

A rare car collector showed the before and after pictures of his ruined collection after devastating wildfires rampaged through northern California earlier this month.

Santa Rosa resident Gary Dower shared his heartbreak by posting the pictures online, giving viewers a glimpse of his once impressive automobile menagerie before it burned at his home on October 20, 2017.

The collection included a 1992 Dodge Stealth (valued between $2,500 – $5,500, according to Kelly Blue Book website); a 2010 Dodge Challenger Limited Edition SRT8 ($20,000 – $23,000); a 1973 MGB Roadster ($5,000 – $20,000); and a classic 1967 Chevorlet Camero estimated at a value upwards of $70,000. 

The wildfires that erupted earlier this month caused at least $1 billion in damage to insured property, officials said Thursday, as authorities increased the count of homes and other buildings destroyed to nearly 7,000. 

Both numbers were expected to rise as crews continued assessing areas scorched by the blazes that killed 42 people, a total that makes it the deadliest series of fires in state history. 

A rare car collector showed the before and after pictures of his ruined collection after devastating wildfires tore through northern California (Pictured: Gary Dower’s 1992 Dodge Stealth; October 20, 2017 )

Dower holds up a photo showing his 2010 Dodge Challenger Limited Edition SRT8 before it burned at his home in Santa Rosa, California on October 20, 2017

Dower holds up a photo showing his 2010 Dodge Challenger Limited Edition SRT8 before it burned at his home in Santa Rosa, California on October 20, 2017

Dower displays a photo showing his 1973 MGB Roadster before it burned at his home in Santa Rosa, California on October 20, 2017

Dower displays a photo showing his 1973 MGB Roadster before it burned at his home in Santa Rosa, California on October 20, 2017

Dower holds up a photo showing his classic Camero as residents are being allowed to return to their burned homes on October 20 to grieve and search through remains

Dower holds up a photo showing his classic Camero as residents are being allowed to return to their burned homes on October 20 to grieve and search through remains

The wildfires that erupted earlier this month killed at least 42 people and caused at least $1 billion in damage to insured property (Pictured: Gary Dower - October 20, 2017)

The wildfires that erupted earlier this month killed at least 42 people and caused at least $1 billion in damage to insured property (Pictured: Gary Dower – October 20, 2017)

Car collector Gary Dower speaks with neighbors at his fire-destroyed home in Santa Rosa, California on October 20, 2017

Car collector Gary Dower speaks with neighbors at his fire-destroyed home in Santa Rosa, California on October 20, 2017

 

 

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