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 2:52pm 2/24/14 2:52pm

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

Pobeda, Baby!

We think the ideal car for a Russian rockabilly dude would have to be a heavily customized ZIS 112, but the GAZ-M20 Pobeda is way easier to find these days. Lower it a bit, shine up the chrome, and install some aftermarket wheels, and you'll be living in an alternate universe in which the Soviet Union of the 1950s was… » 2/26/08 2:30pm 2/26/08 2:30pm

Pobeda Pursuit!

A coworker was telling me about her childhood in Russia and her family's Zaporozhets. "Terrible car," she told me. "My grandfather, he had a real car!" Yes, it was a special occasion when the whole family could ditch the ZAZ and climb into Grandpa's spacious GAZ-M20 Pobeda for a holiday road trip. So in honor of the… » 2/25/08 3:45pm 2/25/08 3:45pm

In Russia, Monster Pobeda Crushes YOUR Volga!

Where would we be without the mighty English Russia? A world as drab as a Vladivostok sausage-ration line, circa 1958, that's where we'd be without our conduit to brilliant Russian vehicular madness. Take, for example, this 50s-vintage Pobeda converted for not-very-well-paved-road use. You know it's sitting on the… » 9/28/07 2:30pm 9/28/07 2:30pm

Your Pobeda Stuck In The Snow? Problem Solved!

Just when we think English Russia has exhausted its supply of automotive awesomeness, they come up with something like this: A 1959 Sever-2 snowmobile, based on the Pobeda car. Oh yeah, and it's powered by an Al-14 radial aircraft engine! [English Russia} » 7/23/07 7:45pm 7/23/07 7:45pm

Mayday! Mayday! One Bad GAZ Pobeda

We don't know what engine this GAZ-M20 Pobeda has, but it sounds pretty mean, in a crappy-yet-tough rusty-muffler-industrial sorta way. » 5/01/07 8:30pm 5/01/07 8:30pm

In Soviet Russia, Pobeda Customizes You!

Russia's postwar GAZ-M20 was the symbol of Soviet postwar prosperity (a potato in every pot, and all that). According to Wikipedia it was dubbed Pobeda, or "victory," and is best remembered as the first car in the USSR with turn signals, electric wipers (not the mechanical kind connected to the drivetrain, as was… » 10/16/06 7:30am 10/16/06 7:30am