Paul B Lloyd

One rare car, One hard restoration

I own 3 Lloyd cars. I bought my first Lloyd station wagon in 1994 from a friend that owns a upholstery shop. The car sat in his shop for years and every time I came there I would ask him when are you going to sell me that car. It took a couple years of asking until one day he said " I will never get to restore it, so yes you can have it for $500 " and of course I bought it.

Once I got it home I realized restoring it to original was not possible. So it sat in the garage for 15 years.

Then the internet opened my eyes to the world. I discovered a Lloyd club in Germany. But I did not speak German or know how to communicate with them. My son showed me how to use Google translation tool to convert English to German.

After many emails with several different members of the club I was able to join. Now I knew I had the support to be able to make this car original. I was so confident, I seen a Lloyd van for sell in Ohio and bought it. Then one of the club members that lives in the USA sold his Lloyd coupe and I bought it. The club taught me that even if a car is rare, parts can still be found from other car manufactures. These cars were made in Germany and many of the parts are found on other German cars of the 50s. If you ever restore a car that is rare, plan on spending a lot of time doing research finding compatible parts. I have got almost 2 years of research involved in finding most of the parts needed to restore one of these cars.

Some parts have to be made by hand.


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