Why This Website?
As you may have guessed, the author of this
website is a classic car collector and has been defrauded by Gary Pronman, his
brother Daniel Pronman and their Montreal-based company Movie Star Musclecars.
In April 2009, Gary Pronman approached me the
same way he had in our past transactions -- as a broker that had a line on a car I might be
interested in. This time, he presented a 1969 1/2 A12 Super Bee (VIN
#WM23M9A301690). After some negotiating,
Gary emailed me with with a note that read "after 45 minutes on the phone [with the seller], the
best I can get is $84,000, me included."
I agreed to the deal. Gary emailed me a
sale for $84,000 listing the owner/seller as Movie Star Muscle Cars (MSMC). I promptly wired the
payment, in full, to the bank specified on the bill of sale on April 25, 2009.
After wiring the money to the
Canadian bank account of Movie Star Musclecars I was presented with the first
of growing list of surprises:
The car was located and titled in Canada (not disclosed at the time it was
2) Movie Star Muscle Cars did not have title to the vehicle. At the time I
attempted to purchase the car, Ontario-based Legendary Motorcar Company was
actually the owner of the vehicle. (This contradicts the representations on the
bill of sale)
3) That Gary and Dan Pronman were the owners, officers and shareholders of Movie
Star Muscle Cars. (This was never disclosed at any point during or prior to this
With these three surprises, I started to worry
figuring there would be more. When I confronted Gary about the surprises, he
attempted to remedy at least one issue by offering to reimburse me for
the customs brokerage fee.
I then contacted two automobile transporters to
attempt to arrange shipping from Canada to the USA. I was told by both carriers
that I would need the original title & registration so that the car could pass
Neither Gary nor Dan would
forward the car's original paperwork to me, thus preventing me from having the car picked
up and transported across the border. Then when I began to threaten criminal
tried to justify not tendering the vehicle by creating
five (5) fake invoices totaling $70,675.
After receiving the email
containing the extortion demand, I made a quick phone call to Gary who told me
that if I didn't pay the additional bogus invoices, they wouldn't give me the
car nor my money back.
I refused to be bullied and contacted the authorities. The authorities all wanted to pass the buck
due to the fact that this matter seems to have some signs of being
international. Rather than waste time, I promptly contacted my civil attorney
and we filed suit.
We are now over two years
into a very costly litigation. To this day I still don't have the car; nor my
I don't expect to ever get my hard-earned money
back from the Pronmans, however, I will do everything in my power to let the
world know about their unscrupulous business practices. If
my efforts, including this public service website, prevent even one person from becoming another of their victims, then my loss
will be justified. If by some chance they actually pay-up, I pledge to donate
100% of the proceeds (after expenses) to charity.