By Samantha Grillo @_samanthagrillo

ANDREW Leider has spent years building a $1 MILLION collection - of 450 FIRETRUCKS

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Videographer / Director: Ruaridh Connellan
Producer: Samantha Grillo, Chloe Browne
Editor: Kyle Waters

Andrew Leider's collection is so large, he stores his trucks in three different warehouses in New York and Pennsylvania

The 63-year-old business owner started purchasing old fire trucks 13-years-ago after working with fire fighters on 9/11.

His collection is so large it takes up takes up space in three warehouses in New York and Pennsylvania.

TRIBUTE: Andrew started collecting firetrucks to honor firefighters he worked with during 9/11

Andrew said, “I could drink, I could gamble, have planes, what have you - but this is a benign hobby.

Andrew sits on a firetruck that he stores at a warehouse in New York

“I worked with the firefighters on September 11th and I greatly appreciated their heroism and I felt that they should be honored.

Andrew says his collection is worth $1 million

“I  purchased one antique firetruck in their memory, and purchased a second a few months later - it became an addiction. 

“Each one is a work of industrial art.”

Andrew poses next to two trucks at his storage facility in New York

Andrew sources the trucks from fire departments around the United States.

While some were bought at scrap value, others cost tens of thousands of dollars.

Andrew has some of the rarest firetrucks in the world - some that date back to the first World War

His collection includes trucks that date back to the First World War. 

Andrew said: “The Ahren’s Fox is the rarest of trucks - it’s considered the Rolls-Royce of trucks.

Andrew plans to open firetruck museums in New York and Pennsylvania

“I also have a 1940 Maxim ladder which is one of two built before World War II - the only one ever built for the city of New York.” 

Some of the vehicles are road worthy, and Andrew occasionally takes them out for a spin.

ROAD LEGAL: Andrew sometimes takes his firetrucks for a ride in town

He said: “It’s a lot of fun to drive them, and more fun to see other people looking at them and appreciating them. 

Andrew plans to share his trucks with the world by setting up museums in New York and Pennsylvania.