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What you will need to do is get a California title.
This is the form for a bonded title: https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/wcm/connect/8dab59e5-c733-4a20-a5d2-652e49ee8ad2/reg5057.pdf?MOD=AJPERES
This form is used to support the issuance of a California title when regular evidence of ownership for the vehicle is not obtainable.
However, if you know the person who actually has the title of the car and they won't give it to you, then yes, you could sue them for the title.
If you know who has title, then when you pruchased the vehicle, you had a deal to buy the car from him and he was supposed to deliver title. If he cannot, you should be entitled to a return of your money. Give him a time certain, say 10 days, to deliver title and note to him if failure to do so will end up getting himself a lawsuit for the monies you've paid in breach of contract. Deliver it certified mail, return receipt requested and keep a copy of all communications including this one. You may want to have a lawyer send the letter so the person takes the letter seriously.
Any local attorney should be able to handle this matter since it is not that complicated of a case. Maybe try to find someone with experience in property law.