Chevy SSR Who?: Russian GAZ Concept

Way back, when Uncle Joe Stalin was advising President Roosevelt on where to stick his Yalta, the Soviet Union's workhorse was the GAZ truck. As the story goes, GAZ trucks were so tough, on cold days Russians would start them by firing a 75mm shell into the engine. Once running, they could power through Russian hardtack as if it were ground-up tea cookies. Now, a Moscow tuning shop is creating a street rod from an old GAZ-51, using a rehabbed cabin and a wooden bed. It's destined for coolness, though old Joe probably would have disappeared the team for showing a bit too much individuality.

Russian tuners turn toward next project: a "varnished" Hot Rod pickup [Autoblog]

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