Russia has earned an iconic status among car people for its very peculiar carscape. A lot of rugged Russian cars have been in production for a long time, the still-quite 1971-ish UAZ Hunter probably the most well-known among them (available from 6200$ new until the end of the year). Avtovaz, GAZ, UAZ, Moskvitch and a…
Russian industrial outfit the GAZ Group would like you to meet the Ural Next line of heavy duty work rigs, about to hit the trail with a fierce hankering for trees and Unimogs.
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.
You have a GAZ 53 dump truck. You have a semi open field. What do you do? You drift it. Kind of.
You know that friend who's always around, but everyone thinks is a pain in the ass and secretly wishes would go away forever? For this off-road club, I think this jacked-up Lada is that friend.
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…
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!
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.
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…
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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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.