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Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, better known as the Shah of Iran (and protagonist of a cancelled Trey Parker and Matt Stone sitcom, "That's my Shah" โ€” ok, no) loved his car collection. The deposed dictator was said to have collected more than 3,000 vehicles, including hundreds of American classics and European exotics, which were confiscated by the new government after Iran's 1979 revolution. Now, a group of automotive enthusiasts working for Iran's Automobile Federation have fixed up a number of the cars and put them on display in a museum near Tehran. It's said that Imelda Marcos once remarked of the Shah, "They bust my balls over a few pairs of shoes, while that guy's car collection is in a garage the size of Rhode Island. Where's the justice?"

Long-hidden classic cars are now revered in Iran [Philadelphia Inquirer (registration required)]