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Selling Vintage Soviet Motorcycles, Cars and Military Vehicles – From a Showroom in Nebraska?

Posted July 14, 2016 9:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: classic auto cold war military USSR

Before the collapse of the Soviet Union, Alenka Miroshnyk earned a living as a fashion designer in the Ukraine. After, without work and without money, a friend visiting from America suggested she sell some things on an online auction site with global reach, and from these humble beginnings, Arbalet Ukraine, a company that specializes in sales of vintage Soviet vehicles and spare parts, was born. Now celebrating its 13th year in business, Arbalet (Russian for crossbow) has expanded globally, opening a new showroom in, of all places, Papillion, Nebraska.

Even Alenka isn’t sure why she chose to begin selling Dnepr motorcycles, saying “I joke that it was the decision of God.” Divine intervention aside, the Ukraine offered access to complete Dnepr motorcycles and parts, while the internet offered her access to buyers around the world seeking a heavy-duty Soviet interpretation of the BMW R75, a motorcycle whose lineage dates to 1938.

Cold War technologies at rollback prices.

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