Classic Craze: Sneak Peek Inside Vintage Car Warehouse

It's a thrill that never fades for some drivers: the desire to get behind the wheel of a classic car.

"It's almost like fulfilling a dream," explains John Hoekstra, owner of GR Auto Gallery, located in Kentwood.

 On Sunday, Fox 17 got a sneak peek inside its warehouse where dozens of high-end vintage cars cater to that very dream.

 "A lot of it goes back to when they were kids, they saw one of these and they always wanted one and now they can actually afford it," said Hoesktra, who is a collector himself.

 The gallery is not a museum, but a consignment shop for high-end vintage vehicles. Everything from a fire engine red 1958 Mercedes-Benz 190SL currently listed for $59,900 to a rare 1967 green Mercury S-55 Convertible, once dubbed as "The Man's Car". The burly edition is currently up for $24,900.

 In the world of collectors, the cars with documentation to prove they are originals will be priced higher.

Another buzzword that's noteworthy in the warehouse? Restomods.

The term describes a vintage car that has been updated with modern parts.  

"They achieve the feel and the noise of the old car, but the safety and modern standards are there," said Hoekstra.

 The vehicles inside the warehouse are all for sale. Next weekend, they'll also be on display at the popular 28th Street Metro Cruise in Wyoming,  which begins August 24th. A place where vintage car enthusiasts can rev up their engines.