John Van Buiten is a World War II veteran with a love of Fords, his country and anything car-related, no matter the shape or size.
The 93-year-old retired contractor spent decades collecting classic Fords along with thousands of toy cars, oil cans, license plates, vintage signs and gas pumps. He eventually transformed his family’s garage in Wyckoff, New Jersey into a car museum that his family dubbed “Gramps Grille.”
“When you get older, you get more money, you can do things. One thing led to another,” Van Buiten said.
He was married to his wife Hester for 65 years, but when she died earlier this year, he realized it was time to sell the home. Van Buiten hopes to sell a large chunk of the collection along with it so he can return to visit his treasures. He and his children have already sold some of the items piece by piece.
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