A Buena Park plumber's death left behind 69 cars and one big mystery
The Orange County Public Administrator’s Office has dealt with its share of unusual inheritances.It's not so much a "barn find" as it is a closed junkyard. Most of the vehicles are in pieces, disrepair, or advanced rot. Some, like this Model A, are salvageable; others are little more than a frame and a vague suggestion of what the vehicle once was. Others, puzzling, are more modern vehicles like a '93 Toyota pickup and a '99 Saturn; these I can only assume were the owner's daily drivers.
There was the protection they once had to arrange for a $500,000 ring. And there was the pet eel.
But even for the agency that takes care of a decedent’s assets when no one else can act on that person’s behalf, the upcoming estate sale of Gerald Willits, a Buena Park man who died in August 2014 and left 69 cars in his yard, is “very unusual,” according to Elizabeth Henderson, chief deputy public administrator for the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
Take a moment and flip through the slideshow, though. There's a real walk through memory lane with work trucks; obviously trucks used by journeymen and other tradesmen were of importance to the man who collected them. He had an affinity for tractors as well; collecting numerous brands with multitudinous purposes represented. It would be absolutely fascinating to know what drove this plumber to collect these vehicles.
I'd sure like a crack at some of them, though...
That is all.