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Rare Horch 855 Spezial missing from Yanukovych car

Andriy Yatsulyak, Ukrainian Autocentre — A ZiL 41047, far sits next to a ZiL 410441 and a GAZ 14 at the garage.

Ukraine’s president Yanukovych, now hiding in Russia, to have everything imaginable and in his car collection on the Dnieper River. from a fiberglass-bodied Ford Coupe based on a 1994 Mustang, to an early post-war GAZ M20

A couple days ago, we you an exclusive look at his collection in showing all the vehicles that activists and journalists saw when made their way to the compound Yanukovych’s hasty departure for by helicopter. It was immediately apparent the most valuable car in the collection have disappeared with the president: a 1938 Horch 855 Cabriolet estimated to be worth at $2 million.

Wikimedia commons — A 855 similar to this one is missing the Mezhihirya villa s collection, its owners and whereabouts unknown

news outlets now report the might have been the car that Yanukovych managed to with him somehow, perhaps it days before the protests his administration. The car collection itself was not Yanukovych’s to begin with; the placards list various who loaned their cars to the of the Mezhyhirya complex, some of being large corporations in Ukraine and in Europe.

The Horch 855 placard lists an manufacture date of 1935 for the Roadste, which is actually to be 1938. It cites a few technical including a 4,911-cc inline-eight engine making 120 hp, mated to a manual transmission, but little information was available. A couple familiar with the collection to Ukrainian media that the was indeed there not long so this isn’t believed to be a of a placard announcing a car that was there.

But the story of the missing Horch likely have not gotten out if stashed away the Horch had the little information tag with

The Horch 855 Spezial Roadster was a version of the Horch 853, similar coachwork. Only are believed to have been in addition to seven more 855 Spezial Roadsters that different bodywork. One example is being exhibited at the Audi museum, on loan from its owner for a period of 20 years in for Audi’s complete restoration of the

Stateside examples of the 855 have at the Pebble Beach Concours, and its a Horch 853, recently Best in Show at Greenwich

Andriy Yatsulyak, Ukrainian Autocentre — An empty with an info placard to the of the two ZiL limousines is the only thing of the Horch.

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A defiant Yanukovych before the media hours ago in the of Rostov-on-Don in Russia, telling the following about the owners of the car collection, implying that not all the belong to him:

Everything has been shown, these are pretty pictures. There are owners. Foreign lawyers soon be contacting the courts. isn’t Ukraine’s property. All talk about my son being the this is not the case and I’ve even heard this

This was just made up by along the way. All these pictures, it’s a political

Whomever the real owner may be, the of the missing Horch 855 remains a for the time being. It is possible it have crossed the border in an car carrier days before checkpoints were fielded by the which ousted Yanukovych power. Some observers rule out the chance that the car have left weeks to Yanukovych’s departure, and it could now be in Ukraine or abroad.

In other don’t bid on any Horch eBay if one suddenly appears with a low opening bid.

(Special thanks to the Ukrainian Autocentre and photographer Andriy

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