Hooniverse Does Detective Work on Two NYC-Based Project Cars
Kamil Kaluski over at Hooniverse knows his way around the world of obscure vintage cars from lands abroad. That knowledge for all things rare and European/Asian paid dividends when he observed a recent story on Autoweek. Dubbed "Project Car Hell," it featured an 1989 Aston Martin Lagonda and a Russian-made 1962 Volga GAZ-21 that looked strangely familiar. The cars originally hailed from the NYC area and were flood-damaged by superstorm Sandy, before being sold from the IAA insurance website. Strange vehicles like these in the New York area are often found at the annual Greenwich Concours d'Elegance, one of the most prestigious classic car shows in the country. (These photos are from Kamil before Sandy. To see the effects of a hurricane on a pair of obscure classics, hop over to the story on Hooniverse)
That notion led Kamil to check back through past photos, and wouldn't you know it, both cars were at the Greenwich Concours. The Volga was at the 2011 Concours while the Aston Martin was at the 2012 edition of the show. Looking at the damaged photos, you could say both cars have seen better days, but who knew just how much better!
Storm damage and flashback to the show not-withstanding, these are two entirely unique cars. Both are departures from their respective automaker's status quo. Aston Martin has long been known as a purveyor of elite coupes and convertibles, so a four-door luxury sedan is certainly a change in direction. As for the GAZ-21, Volga decided to model this car after large American sedans of the day. Such rarity allowed both cars to stand out, which made it easier to trace back to once-better times for both the Aston and the Volga. Lets us hope they find happy homes and are in Concours-shape again soon!