Monday, 13 October 2014 00:00

Minivan Destroys NJ Body Shop's Sign and Antique Car

The 1950 DeSoto and the body shop sign after being impacted by the flying minivan. The 1950 DeSoto and the body shop sign after being impacted by the flying minivan. Rick Epstein

A minivan crashed into CARS Auto Body in Bloomsbury on October 11, totaling a 1950 DeSoto and the company sign. Video surveillance showed the minivan airborne before making impact.

"Dan Wyant Jr., whose taxidermy shop is nearby, said the car had been his father's 'pride and joy,' but Dan Wyant Sr. died last year and no one in the family shared Dad's passion for the car, which had been his retirement project. So in August it was parked in front of CARS Auto Body and offered for sale," according to reports by Rick Epstein, nj.com.

Despite the asking price of $13,500, Doug North of CARS Auto Body has had trouble selling the DeSoto because Wyant insisted that it go to a "good home," according to Epstein. The now destroyed vehicle was well-known in the community - the grand marshal drove it in the centennial parade in 2005 and its likeness was etched on Wyant's gravestone.

Wyant stated that he had been planning to garage the vehicle at the end of the month, according to Epstein.

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