Andrew Berfelo's Cadillac collection. Dan Wells, edmontonjournal.com ©

    Andrew Berfelo has quite a legacy on his hands. As the owner of CR Autos, an automotive parts repository specializing in vintage Cadillacs, he is in charge of continuing a cycle of madness started by his brother Randy. Randy Berfelo left the planet too soon, losing his life at just 32 years old, yet this was more than enough time for him to build up a most impressive collection of hundreds of Cadillacs, one that his brother is now looking to sell.

    CR Autos, located in Hay Lakes, Alberta, Canada, opened its doors in 1983, when Randy Berfelo realized he could turn a hobby into a real source of income. When you need parts for a restoration, it’s sometimes cheaper to find a parts car than to buy the exact pieces you’re looking for, so Randy brought home two of them. Two quickly turned into 10, and a restoration project turned into a new business.

    “My brother started a restoration on a Cadillac convertible, in the ‘70’s. He needed parts so he bought a few cars to help with the restoration,” said Andrew Berfelo. “He kept buying parts cars and people kept buying parts from him.”

    Inventory began expanding at a prodigious pace. Service bays and garages gave way to warehouses until Randy ultimately acquired a large plot of farmland. His dream was to put 500 Cadillacs on that grassy hillside. Unfortunately, that dream was cut short when Randy died in 1989.

    It was up to Andrew to see his legacy live on, and he did just that. The older of the Berfelo brothers, Andrew didn’t make it to 500 but he did manage to bring the total as high as 365 cars, ranging in model year from 1947 up through 1979.

    When asked if he has a favorite model out of all the Cadillacs out there, he responds, “I don’t own any more of them but it would have to be the ’59 convertible. It’s the one that everyone wants to restore and the parts moved the fastest for that one.”

    If you own an older Cadillac, chances are good that CR Autos has any part you need, even if that part is no longer made. Berfelo even bought up stockpiles of parts GM had discontinued. Because of this, Cadillac owners from all over the globe have turned to Berfelo and his Canadian Cadillac Ranch for support.

    But Berfelo is now getting on in age and looking to retire. He is 65 and wants to spend less time staring at a sea of Cadillacs and more time with his family. The problem here is that you can’t simply walk away from a 20-year obsession. So Berfelo needs some help getting his yard cleared off and he is ready to unload the entire lot. He was able to cull the total Cadillac count down by 30 cars after crushing the undesirable 1973 to 1976 models. That leaves 335 cars, which he wants off his property in one year.

    “I carried on my brother’s dream but I’m 65 years old and I can’t live someone else’s dream my whole life,” he said.

    It’s not just cars for sale, as Berfelo has amassed a few shipping containers worth of miscellaneous parts. What would it take to buy the whole lot?

    “I would sell it for $100,000. That’s 10 cents on the dollar,” he said.

    It certainly seems a small price to pay for such a collection of vehicles and parts, however the logistics of moving the entire lot seem tough. It might be easier to simply buy the land as well, but Berfelo has not listed that for sale.

    “But if someone comes in with a big wheelbarrow full of money, well, I’m not married to anything,” he said. “Money talks.”

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    WOLFMANN4U Jan 01, 2011 11:20 PM
    Always wanted a Caddy farm
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    wolfmann4u Sep 23, 2010 9:45 PM
    whear are all the AOL censored comments on this subject
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    dodie1990 Sep 23, 2010 8:31 PM
    I once had about 65 Cadillacs. Was goimg to restore them and then lost the property. Sold 49 of them to a young man in Sweden. When you lok at some Cadillacs from the 60 's or 70's a drive a nice one you will realize what we have lost with our chioces limited to mini-Euro cars that are hard to get in and out of,have no room, and don't hace a soft ride like a real Caddy. Hope someone buys these cars and helps keep these wonderful cars going becasue we will never see them or anything like them made ever again,
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    cbiarritz Sep 23, 2010 8:23 PM
    well if you sign a note with me, Ill add them to my 350 pc collection here in ohio, lets see if we can save them, one caddy nut to another. Kyle, Kyles Caddy Shack
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    rcode72ho Sep 23, 2010 8:01 PM
    I see about 200 cars, and they're not all Cadillacs. The whole story was probably made up. Who wrote this story - Jayson Blair?
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    tspn95 Sep 23, 2010 7:42 PM
    "Hes Got More Than 300, And Theyre All For Sale" Wouldn't proper english be, He has more than 300, and they're all for sale. Jeff Glucker where did you go to school? I wonder why he didnt write this. Where is he at? How about this one? Go ax him.
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    wolfmann4u Sep 23, 2010 7:21 PM
    no wonder I can't find any parts for my Cadzila
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    lrlforfun Sep 23, 2010 7:15 PM
    OK Everybody: I'm in a similar situation. The solution..........to have a huge sale and let everybody know that parts are for sale for cheeeeep. The carcasses go to the steel mill and the complete cars get sold individually. After a certain date the rest get auctioned off. If an Albertan wants to buy the business for what ever the terms be negotiable. It's easier than you think.
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    dprevolos Sep 23, 2010 7:01 PM
    I know the feeling, I have a 1970 Cadillac Convertible that I drove to college. I am 56 and took it apart to restore. The funny thing is with so many restoration companies that offer parts for Chevelles, GTO's, Mustangs and Mopars, the Cadillac segment is not addressed. I just received a new catalogue from a company named Original Parts Group that has started a new line of parts for Cadillacs. Also, there are few other companies that specialize in Cadillacs. But I admire the "dream" and wish I could buy the whole lot.
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    finestcowgirl Sep 23, 2010 6:41 PM
    looks like a way for him to advertise his business for free. Anyone want to lose inches in 45 minutes. check out itworks.net/loose fit. may as well advertise my business for free also.
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    twofirst1 Sep 23, 2010 6:31 PM
    Now if they were all GEO metro's or TATO NANO's that would be a find...
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    twofirst1 Sep 23, 2010 6:30 PM
    Cash for clunkers is looking for you
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    bostonbred111 Sep 23, 2010 6:27 PM
    Oh, who wants all that junky stuff in their yard? Not me.
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    stacysole02 Sep 23, 2010 6:25 PM
    Me and my buddy / who has Cadillac junkyard in Carson City with 60 cars/ we have been collecting Mercedes and sell them. For collectors there is big secret you will know now: Biggest sleeper is Lincoln Mark VIII why? Have Ford Cobra Engine. Now we collect Marks VIII. We had all Cadillacs from 1957 up to 1972 Eldorado. My last car sold to German customer in Honolulu, who flied from Berlin was 1974 Mercedes 600. adr.Jan Walden Caddy Junkyard - Carson City Nev.
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    robertskipperl Sep 23, 2010 6:20 PM
    MY First car was a1974 coupdevill gold with white top' loved that car
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    w15608 Sep 23, 2010 6:17 PM
    call jay leno!
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    w15608 Sep 23, 2010 6:17 PM
    call jay leno!!!
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    stacysole02 Sep 23, 2010 6:14 PM
    Why is Cadillac better than Mercedes - you will see it after your Mercerdes need new windshield: It must be ordered from: a/Factory b/From Germany/ We do not have any now. We need cash deposit......this is Mercedes. Cadillac; dozens on each junkyard.
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    beemerboxer Sep 23, 2010 6:13 PM
    People like this man keep old Caddies alive and well. He provides a heck of a service. If I was not older than him I would be glad to buy the lot! As it is I have enough on my plate with a bunch of old motorcycles. Enjoy your coming retirement, Mr Cadillac Man!
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    reinforcedcon Sep 23, 2010 6:12 PM
    I agree, cant make any money in the stock market or the banks, so why not go to every farmer in the area and buy thier old complete junk cars. Then wait for the big car swap meets or car shows ans peddle your wares.
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