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I was emailed by a car model maker who wanted to know about the Howard Hughes Duesenburg he modified to tow gliders, and learned he has the only 1958 Moskvitch in the USA, and wow, what a story

August 11th, 2017 by admin

a retiring sea captain bought a 1958 Moskvitch in Amsterdam, and had it shipped to Los Angeles, where the customs guys bounced it right back… nothing was SAE approved… no lights, electrical, or glass.

But when some Mongo went to forklift it back onto the ship, both forks went into the doors.

Maybe it was a reaction to the Sputnik fear. Who knows.

But the car was taken to a repair shop in Ensenada before the ship headed back to return the car to point of origin, and was going to get the doors fixed.

But it was stolen, and driven into LA. Yeah, complete opposite of what happens to cars in LA, when stolen, and taken to Tijuana.

It was stripped and abandoned in LA, and the cops impounded the hulk, and it went to a junkyard. The junkyard operator thought it was kinda neat, got it running (remember, it was barely ever used since being bought) and when some DMV employee friend asked to borrow a car, and this was the best option in the junkyard, the DMV guy got some paperwork to make the car legal.

Later, another acquaintence in AAA did a paperwork trick to make the car legal, and the Moskvitch was suddenly a legit California titled car.

So it was occassionally used as a backup or loaner car, but as years passed, it sat in the junkyard and rusted. Just hanging out in a corner. Until the junkyard was finally closed as the operator retired, and moved to Hemet (between Riverside and San Diego on the I 15) when it was finally put up for sale in the newspaper.

Then it was finally acquired by Gary, who took it with him when transferred to a new job in Texas, and diligently restored it, even when it was part of a sudden disappearance of all the cars in the paint shop as the owner went out of business, and was found miles away in a barn… and then finally Gary took it to car shows. Such as the one on an Air Force base… where someone freaked out that Gary may have mentioned he was in frequent contact with a parts supplier of communist political affiliation (this was the 80s and cold war paranoia was nuts, just look at the goofy movies we made about that whole era) and the FBI stopped by to ask some questions.

Obviously, the FBI agents realized what a gaffe had been made, laughed it off, and Gary has continued to bring his 1958 Russian car to concours condition the hard way in the many years since 1981.

And since I’m in a hurry to tell you this story instead of waiting for him to email me some photos, I’ll just post this right now. Photos to come later, I hope.

https://www.ttnut.com/russian-american-cars-and-trucks-anyways-t1099-40.html
https://www.hemmings.com/blog/2012/02/19/sia-flashback-auto-adventures-in-a-son-of-moscow/

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I was emailed by a car model maker who wanted to know about the Howard Hughes Duesenburg he modified to tow gliders, and learned he has the only 1958 Moskvitch in the USA, and wow, what a story

Cuba, photographed by LA Times photographer Brian Van Der Brug

May 15th, 2015 by admin

Getting a handle on Cuba

a Model T for a maharajah

February 4th, 2015 by admin

“This convertible T was built at Ford’s Worli (India) factory in the 1920s for a Maharajah to go tiger hunting. It came complete with built-in kitchen cupboard, cartridge racs (inside the doors) – and tiger stripe camouflage.”

Found on

2004, 5 and 6 Audi RS4 cars are the target of front seat thieves.

June 6th, 2014 by admin

Since the seats are in high demand by less honorable performance car owners, but aren’t sold by Audi any longer, car thieves are breaking into Audi RS4s, removing the seats, and without opening the doors. The victims are finding their cars written of as a total loss by insurance companies, as the only way to replace the seats is to build them with parts from Audi, piece by piece with the cost of labor and parts coming to about

ever wanted to see the exclusive Lingenfelter Collection? It will be having a benefit for the Ronald McDonald House on August 7th

May 1st, 2014 by admin

It’s tough to get a tour of elite private collections, since they aren’t normally open to the public, but this season, Lingenfelter has opened the doors to support local charities.

Here is there calendar of events:

54 Nash Metro from field junk to cruiser cool, from 73 cu in to an LS1

January 7th, 2013 by admin

beside the improvement in the engine, all the suspension is now Mustang, the rear end is a narrowed 9″, and the doors were swapped from side to side and now function suicide style.

photos and story are just a sample of the whole story at