Indiana newspaper writer John Soule’s 1851 advice would be popularized by
Horace Greeley and serve as the mantra for nineteenth century migration.
Ray Malzo, Bronx, New York native took Soule’s advice and moved to Los
Angeles in the early 60’s after matriculating at the University of Miami. In
Los Angeles, Ray became a mortgage banker and a founding partner in small
company that later became Countrywide Mortgage.
owned a Harley- Davidson dealership for the past 20 years. Although a
successful businessman, Ray has always had a love affair with automobiles.
“When I was 13 years old I started collecting car brochures from the local
dealership in New York.” Ray also began building model cars which he still
does to this day. “I got my first car at 16 years old. My dad gave me a
low-mile 1949 Buick Road Master Sedan that I still own”.
Since 1962 Ray has owned over 300 cars and currently has 22 classic cars
ranging from Packards to Chevrolets. Ray’s blue eyes began to twinkle when
the conversation moved to Cadillacs. Ray was recruited into the
Cadillac-LaSalle club by Tom Musson prior to the 2006 Grand National.
Tom cautiously warned Ray not to be disappointed if his cars were “passed”
over in the judging. At the GN Awards dinner Ray heard his name called 3
times. Ray’s 1953 Coupe DeVille received a 3rd place finish
followed by a second place finish for his 1957 Coupe DeVille. Malzo’s 1962
22,000 original miles El Dorado Biarritz won first prize in Class P-19.
Ray has also acquired a beautiful 1959 Persion Sand Coupe DeVille that has
almost every factory option available for that year. Beware Guys, Ray is
currently on the “prowl” for a 1957 Fleetwood and he will simply look
To view all
of Ray's cars, check out the visit to Ray's Hobby shop during 2007 at the
Ray's Hobby Shop