$ 2-million classic disappears from Ukraine ex-president’;s Mezhyhirya villa garage
Ukraine’;s president Viktor Yanukovych, now hiding in Russia, appeared to have everything imaginable and unimaginable in his car assortment on the Dnieper River. Everything from a fiberglass-bodied Ford Custom Coupe based mostly on a 1994 Ford Mustang, to an early post-war GAZ M20 Pobeda.
A couple days in the past, we gave you an exclusive search at his assortment in detail, exhibiting all the vehicles that anti-Yanukovych activists and journalists noticed when they created their way to the compound following Yanukovych’;s hasty departure for Sevastopol by helicopter. It was immediately apparent that the most beneficial automobile in the collection might have disappeared with the fleeing president: a 1938 Horch 855 Spezial Cabriolet estimated to be really worth at least $ 2 million.
All the automobiles in the assortment had minor information placards on stands following to them, and the placard for the Horch 855 Spezial Roadster was even now there, subsequent to a ZiL 41045 and a ZiL 41047 limousine. But the Horch was nowhere to be identified.
Ukrainian news outlets now report the Horch may possibly have been the sole vehicle that Yanukovych managed to take with him by some means, perhaps getting rid of it days ahead of the protests toppled his administration. The automobile assortment itself was not totally Yanukovych’;s to start with the info placards checklist numerous owners who loaned their cars to the administrations of the Mezhyhirya complex, some of them currently being huge firms primarily based in Ukraine and in Europe.
The Horch 855 placard lists an erroneous manufacture date of 1935 for the Spezial Roadste, which is in fact believed to be 1938. It cites a number of technical specs, like a 4,911-cc inline-8 cylinder engine producing 120 hp, mated to a 5-velocity manual transmission, but small other information was offered. A couple folks familiar with the assortment confirmed to Ukrainian media that the Horch was indeed there not long in the past, so this is not believed to be a situation of a placard announcing a vehicle that was never ever there. But the story of the missing Horch would very likely have not gotten out if whoever stashed away the Horch had taken the little data tag with them.
The Horch 855 Spezial Roadster was a shorter version of the Horch 853, featuring similar coachwork. Only 3 are believed to have been created in addition to 6 more 855 Gläser Spezial Roadsters that featured distinct bodywork. 1 example is currently being exhibited at the Audi factory museum, on loan from its U.S. proprietor for a time period of 20 many years in exchange for Audi’;s full restoration of the car. Stateside examples of the 855 have appeared at the Pebble Beach Concours, and its sibling, a Horch 853, just lately took Best in Demonstrate at Greenwich Concours.
A defiant Yanukovych appeared prior to the media hrs ago in the city of Rostov-on-Don in Russia, telling reporters the following about the owners of the Mezhyhirya automobile assortment, implying that not all the vehicles belong to him:
“Every little thing that has been shown, these are just rather images. There are real owners. Foreign lawyers will soon be contacting the courts. This isn’;t Ukraine’;s home. All this speak about my son currently being the owner, this is not the situation and I’;ve in no way even heard this before. This was just manufactured up by other people along the way. All these rather photographs, it really is a political trick.”
Whomever the real owner might be, the fate of the missing Horch 855 stays a mystery for the time being. It is achievable it could have crossed the border in an enclosed automobile carrier days just before street checkpoints had been fielded by the opposition, which ousted Yanukovych from energy. Some observers didn’;t rule out the possibility that the auto could have left weeks prior to Yanukovych’;s departure, and it could now be anywhere in Ukraine or abroad.
In other words, never bid on any Horch eBay listings if one particular suddenly appears with a suspiciously reduced opening bid.
(Specific thanks to the Ukrainian magazine Autocentre and photographer Andriy Yatsulyak).
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