What Cars Are Cool In Russian Right Now?

You're looking at a GAZ M20 'Pobeda,' one of the more iconic early Soviet cars. I don't really know if it's making a cool car comeback in Russia, but I don't really know what Russian gearheads are buying at all. » 12/19/14 6:30pm 12/19/14 6:30pm

Former Ukrainian president leaves behind Russian car collection

Just a couple days ago, the world media and some bewildered journalists got a glimpse of now-departed Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych's villa on the Dnieper river, called Mezhyhirya. The sprawling and not-particularly-tasteful residence rests on a 345-acre lot of real estate (a little over half the size of… » 2/24/14 2:50pm 2/24/14 2:50pm

The Cars of the Sochi Opening Ceremonies

Wes Siler has a great article about the sidecars on the motorcycles used in the Opening Ceremonies. But what of the cars? All Ladas? Hardly! » 2/08/14 7:20am 2/08/14 7:20am

Rally Truck Versus Tree. Rally Truck Wins.

This is an ex-Soviet GAZ 51 truck. It is among the toughest rally vehicles on the planet, as you can see when it slides off the road, crashes into a tree and... keeps going. » 1/01/14 4:30pm 1/01/14 4:30pm

The Best Communist-Era SUVs

The communists had many issues. One of them was the bad road conditions. Of course the peasants in Siberia probably didn't care about that too much in 1938, but while everybody was equal, some were more equal than others, and therefore needed better transportation than what horses could offer. A few decades on the… » 12/04/12 3:00pm 12/04/12 3:00pm

The Cars Of Mother Russia Make A Strong Case For Capitalism

Welcome to Sunday Matinee, where we highlight classic car reviews or other longer videos I find on YouTube. Kick back and enjoy this blast from the past. » 10/14/12 5:30pm 10/14/12 5:30pm

Russian Field Contains Interesting Selection of Soviet Oddities

What's not to love about a field full of vehicles in various states of decomposition? This sentiment is perhaps even more true when the assortment of family sedans and commercial vehicles are of Russian origin—at least that is what it seems like after looking at these pictures. » 4/22/12 2:00pm 4/22/12 2:00pm

In America, Podeba Drive You

When most people go to the trouble and expense of importing two cars from overseas, they are usually not shipping 1950s Soviet cars retrofitted onto German luxury sedan platforms from Russia. In this case however, that's exactly what someone did. » 11/13/10 1:30pm 11/13/10 1:30pm

Sikorsky's Motorized Sleigh And Other Forgotten Soviet Snowmobiles

Russia's armed "aerosleds" may look like science fiction, but they're a real part of Russia's history. As invading armies tried merely to survive the intense Russian winters, the Russians thrived, due in large part to the bizarre, Star Wars-esque snowcraft. » 10/07/10 12:00pm 10/07/10 12:00pm

Diecast Toy Car Of The Day: GAZ-3102 Volga

We'd all love an obsessively detailed 1:18 scale Volvo 240 coupe on our desks, of course, but no collection of automotive tchotchkes is complete without some Soviet iron! » 9/05/10 2:00pm 9/05/10 2:00pm

The Tank-Like Soviet Race Car That Never Raced

It’s rather underpowered and lacking in racing cred, but you’ve got to love the Art Deco tank looks of this GAZ GL–1 sports car—from 1938, of all years. » 6/28/10 4:30pm 6/28/10 4:30pm

Say привет To The GAZ Volga GL 5000 Design Study

Sure, it looks like a Chevrolet Volt that wandered into a pizza oven, but when you're talking about a brand that once inspired a quasi-satanic kidnapping legend, you could do a heck of a lot worse. » 2/11/10 3:30pm 2/11/10 3:30pm

In Soviet Russia, Junkyard Gets Down On YOU!

57Sweptside loves junkyards, and not just the ones in his native Southwest. He's found for us this collection of photos shot in a Russian yard packed full of Volgas, Moskviches, and even Tchaikas. » 4/19/09 6:00pm 4/19/09 6:00pm

GAZ Volga 24-10 Brings Glasnost To Los Angeles

This is Down On The Street Bonus Edition, where we check out interesting street-parked cars located in places other than the Island That Rust Forgot. Anything is possible, even a Volga in Southern California! » 3/28/09 4:30pm 3/28/09 4:30pm

Yes, There Was Plenty Of Paint-Tradin' Race Action Behind The Iron…

Have we ever mentioned that we love English Russia? It's like they knew we were going to review Cars Of The Soviet Union and put up this collection of vintage Soviet racing photos for us! » 3/28/09 3:30pm 3/28/09 3:30pm

Cars Of The Soviet Union: The Definitive History, by Andy Thompson

Whether you're wrenching on a flying Spitfire or a leaking Spitfire, Haynes has a shop manual for you. Very useful, but hardly the sort of thing you'd keep on your coffee table. » 3/28/09 2:00pm 3/28/09 2:00pm

PCH, Ceauşescu Versus Krushchev Edition: Three ARO 244s or One GAZ 69-M?

Welcome to Project Car Hell, where you choose your eternity by selecting the project that's the coolest... and the most hellish! Last time, the '72 Stutz Blackhawk blackjacked the Buickborghini and stuffed it in the trunk, for disposal in a hole in the desert later on (the way so many Blackhawk owners in Vegas solved… » 12/02/08 5:20pm 12/02/08 5:20pm

Toronto Resident Rides Like A Politburo Big Chief In His GAZ Tchaika 14

This is Down On The Street Bonus Edition » 11/25/08 4:00pm 11/25/08 4:00pm, where we check out interesting street-parked cars located in places other than the . Today we're heading back to Toronto, a city that's given us all manner of interesting old iron in the past, from the to . has found one of the rarest machines of them all, a Gorbachev-grade…