This Artist-Made Soviet-Era Car Is Amazing

Getting a car in the Soviet Union of the 1970s was very similar to not getting a car in the Soviet Union in the 1970s. Most of the time was spent not having a car. Waiting lists could be a decade long, and most people just waited it out. But not Boris Karavkin, an artist from Minsk. He just built his own damn car. » 2/11/15 9:30pm 2/11/15 9:30pm

Pretty Much Everything Was Crazy About Soviet Cars Sold In The West

If you thought Vector was responsible for the most ridiculous press shots in human history, just look at this British art piece depicting just your average day with the Lada 1200 4-door Saloon. » 1/07/15 6:00pm 1/07/15 6:00pm

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

Clean Up Chernobyl, Get A Lada

The first crews to clean up Chernobyl were called 'liquidators' and they received many, many benefits for their incomprehensibly dangerous work. Here is a very cruel, very Soviet description of one of those benefits explained by a liquidator at the site in 1986. » 4/29/14 8:00pm 4/29/14 8:00pm

Meet The Soviet Car That Tried To Put The Fun In SocialFUNism!

Normally, when we think of Soviet cars, we think of boxy, utilitarian cars that people waited years to get. We don't usually think of fun, despite the somewhat ironic way many of us covet these cars now. But that almost all changed, with a little known side effect of Perestroika that included fun cars. Cars like the… » 12/09/13 1:40pm 12/09/13 1:40pm

When the Soviets built an electric tractor

Lenin may have equated Communism with the union of Soviet power and the electrification of the entire country, but surely he didn’t literally mean hooking everything up to the grid. His overeager disciples thought otherwise. Going through 60-year-old trade journals, nuclear physicist Miklós Tallián unearthed a bizarre… » 5/11/11 3:45pm 5/11/11 3:45pm

Don’t Fear the Pint-Size Soviet Police Car

At barely over 2,000 pounds, the Moskvitch 407 is definitely not the choice for connoisseurs of intimidating patrols. Other than that, it’s cute as a button. » 10/19/10 1:30pm 10/19/10 1:30pm

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

Ten Awesome Soviet Cars, Comrade!

In the U.S.S.R. the winters are cold and the cars are strange. Here's your best choices for the ten most awesome and strange cars the collective ever produced. » 6/21/10 11:00am 6/21/10 11:00am

For Sale: Stalin’s ZIS 110 Parade Car From 1949

If you don’t mind the atrocious handling, the office gray paintjob and the association with mankind’s greatest mass murderer, you can party like a mustached Georgian with nukes and an evil empire to command. » 5/17/10 1:30pm 5/17/10 1:30pm

GAZ Announces End Of The Road For Volga

After nearly 53 years of production, Russian auto manufacturer GAZ » 10/29/08 12:30pm 10/29/08 12:30pm has announced the end of production for the famed saloon. The rolling symbol of the former Soviet Union will be put to rest in two months as a result of falling demand, high commodity prices, and cheap foreign cars flooding the market. GAZ plans to…