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

Governor Schwarzenegger And Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's First…

Governor Arnold was so excited. The cutest boy in the G8, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, was coming to pick him up for a date. He even borrowed his dad's Chaika! Schwarzenegger was the happiest girl in the Russian Federation. » 10/12/10 12:00pm 10/12/10 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

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

Black Lightning Is The Greatest Car Movie Ever Made

Black Lightning is a movie about a crime-fighting armed flying Volga sedan squaring off against a flying Mercedes in Moscow. If not the greatest, it's at least the most Jalopnik car movie ever. » 10/20/09 12:30pm 10/20/09 12:30pm

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

At Least The Volga Will Be Remembered Fondly

Another photo from the happy past shows former Presidents Bush And Putin driving the Russian leader's awesome 1956 Volga around Moscow. Four years later and Russian-American relations have never been stronger! » 2/23/09 6:00pm 2/23/09 6:00pm

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…

Volga Display Of Prana: Russian Automaker GAZ Seeks Partners In India

Apparently this has been out there for a while, but before we discussed the news that Gorkovsky Avtomobilny Zavod, manufacturers of the Volga line of hulking vehicular tragicomic props, was looking for partners on the Indian subcontinent, we needed to find press releases with the right sort of Moose-Und-Sqvirrel feel. » 4/07/08 10:00am 4/07/08 10:00am

Comrades! Glorious Stalinmobile Volga Based On Cayenne Chassis!

We posted on the Stalinmobile Volga last year, but we didn't have much in the way of details about the car. Now it turns out that the thing is based on a Porsche Cayenne chassis and appears to be an engineering masterpiece, in addition to being a stunningly campy homage to one of the most blood-soaked rulers in world… » 2/18/08 4:15pm 2/18/08 4:15pm

In Russia, Safe Driving Benefits YOU!

There's apparently no end to the amazing car-related stuff the folks at English Russia provide for us; here's a vintage Russian driver's-ed handbook with scary illustrations and lines such as "Don't use vodka as a fuel/Or you'll crash your engine cruel." Best of all, the cars seem to be Zaporozhets! [English Russia] » 9/24/07 11:15am 9/24/07 11:15am

On Globe, Soviet Cars Span YOU!

More hosannas and praise are to be heaped upon the glorious celebration of state and culture formally known as English Russia. Here they've wrassled up a plethora of Soviet-era vehicles from around the planet. We're still bitter about not being able to pick up a Lada Niva in California, but we're gonna yell over to… » 7/24/07 4:30pm 7/24/07 4:30pm

In Soviet Russia, Volga Wears YOU!

The GAZ-3102 was obviously a mighty special iteration of the Volga. Just eyeball that cheese-grater grille. Or better yet, bust out a brick of romano and top off your bowl of minestrone. Also not to be missed is what's apparently the heigh of proletariat fashion in the 1980s. Both the outfit and the Volga promise to… » 7/11/07 5:15pm 7/11/07 5:15pm

Turko-Schmaltz Ode To The GAZ Volga

Here's a Turk who just loves his '69 Volga! So much so, in fact, that he's put together possibly the most cheezy car-love video ever made. It's got endless photos and videos of his beloved white GAZ, every transition effect his $9.99 video-editing software had to offer, and all set to a tear-jerking weepo-pop… » 5/25/07 11:30am 5/25/07 11:30am

In Soviet Russia, Car Lubes YOU!

Say what you will about the crude technology used by a lot of Soviet-era Russian machinery- and we're still not 100% convinced they used tiny vacuum tubes instead of transistors in their aircraft electronics purely as an anti-EMP measure, so don't get started on that- those Russian engineers knew how to get the damn… » 5/04/07 3:30pm 5/04/07 3:30pm

In Soviet Russia, Volga Station Wagon Hauls Family Cadre and YOU!

Since we love both station wagons and Warsaw Pact iron, it's only natural that we're pretty hepped on the GAZ Volga M22 station wagon. Built from 1962 through 1970, the M22 wagon seems to have some Rambler and maybe Volvo styling influence in its ancestry, though it's proudly Russian at heart. The really prized M22s… » 5/02/07 12:30pm 5/02/07 12:30pm