HBO has lost a collection of classic Corvettes, Camaros, and other GM cars following a 3-alarm fire that torched a movie set.
With Game of Thrones coming to a close, HBO is looking to continue their dominance of Sunday night television with a new miniseries based on I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb. The book itself is a non-stop emotional rollercoaster filled with cheating and divorced spouses, schizophrenic brothers, and childhood abuse, so it’s pretty much right up HBO’s alley.
Most of it takes place in the mid-’90s following the Gulf War, and one scene in particular needed a Chevy/Pontiac/Oldsmobile/Isuzu dealership in Elmersville New York. So HBO contacted a film-car company to provide an assortment of 27 period-specific vehicles, including over a dozen Corvettes and Camaros in various shades of paint GM used in the ‘90s.
And now they’ve all burned to the ground.
A fire broke out at around 12:45 AM last Thursday morning and quickly took the entire fake dealership with it. Of the 27 classic cars present, 12 were complete losses. The showroom building and surround structures all went up in the 3-alarm blaze.
There were no injuries, but the loss of those classic cars is incalculable. On an emotional level. It’s certainly calculable for insurance purposes.
According to Autoblog, the cars were all provided by Jamie Kitman, the guy who runs Automobile Magazine’s New York bureau and also runs a film-car studio on the side. Some of the cars provided (and are now little more than ash and dust) were a 1990 Chevrolet Beretta Indy Pace Car edition, a C1500 pickup, a 454 SS pickup, and a whole bunch of Corvettes and Camaros.
Kitman also provided HBO with binders and sales papers that really lent them an added note of authenticity.
The fire is believed to have started in the showroom where all the film equipment was being stored. Everything is expected to be paid for via insurance, but that’s a whole lot of lost classic GM sports cars. Expect prices for mid-’90s Corvettes and Camaros to spike on the used market soon.