This Soviet 6x6 ATV Is The Perfect Airport Shuttle For NASA Astronauts

Take A Look Inside The Russian Factory Where Ultra Exclusive ZIL Limos…

While Russian manufacturer Zavod imeni Likhachova—more commonly referred to as ZIL—might be best known for the buses and trucks they produce, the company also built the high dollar executive sedans and limos that transported rich and important Russians for decades. » 2/18/12 12:30pm 2/18/12 12:30pm

Russia's New Presidential Limo Is A Retro-Futuristic Despot's Dream

When Boris Yeltsin became president of Russia he mothballed the stale Russian-built ZIL limousines and upgraded to an armored Mercedes S-Class and the country's leaders have never looked back. Until now. A Russian-designer's been tapped to design a new version of the ZIL limo and it looks like it's from an alternative… » 1/04/12 3:00pm 1/04/12 3:00pm

Russian truck racing is the competitive bear wrestling of motorsports

We don't know if competitive bear wrestling is a thing, but if it were, we imagine that offroad racing Russian trucks would be its motoring equivalent. » 10/19/11 1:00pm 10/19/11 1:00pm

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

ZIL–131: When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going

It has neither corkscrews for wheels nor chubby wings to fly it above the Caspian. Still, the ZIL–131 is one badass Russian military truck. » 10/08/09 9:30am 10/08/09 9:30am

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

ZIL 49061!



When most Westerners think of ZIL, we think of the vehicles that carried top Party apparatchiks to their weekend dachas. But ZIL also has also constructed some fantastical trucks — for example, the scary-crazy 2906 screw-motivated machine, as well as this stonking amphibious 49061, a six-by-six that has… » 8/02/07 7:00pm 8/02/07 7:00pm

ZIL Parade Concept

Russian President Vladimir Putin is fast tightening his iron grip on the once proud nation. In a move not seen since the Cold War, nuclear missiles are being aimed at European cities while foreign governments are the targets of coercion, sabotage and open hostility. Internal dissent is cause for exile while the… » 7/11/07 11:45am 7/11/07 11:45am

We Will Bury You! The ZIL-111

While Ladas and Zastavas were all fine and good for the workers, the big shots rolled in a ZIL. The company was born as ZIS at the hands of the Fathers of the USSR - including but not limited to Stalin himself. The Post-Stalinist ZIL brought American styling cues into the mix with the likes of Yuri Gagarin and Nikita… » 5/01/07 9:00pm 5/01/07 9:00pm

In Russia, Geely Assembles YOU for a Happy Life!

Hiho! The people at Geely have nailed down a contract with former ZIL unit Automobile and Motors of Ural to assemble semi-knocked-down examples of their CK sedan for sale on the Russian market. While we'd rather have a Niva or a vintage Volga than a CK, we do find it a bit humorous that analyist Kirill Chuiko… » 3/16/07 12:00am 3/16/07 12:00am

Meet Me At The Red Star Drive-In, Comrade!

Life in the USSR, circa 1951, wasn't all gulags and long lines for sausage rations. Nyet! Turns out some of Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili's designers at ZIL/ZIS were hard at work coming up with the too-jaw-droppingly-awesome-for-words ZIS "112" prototype. Look at it. Look at it! That 50-Stude-zonked-on-Siberian-… » 1/31/07 9:00am 1/31/07 9:00am

In Soviet Russia, Car Auctions YOU!

Hey kid, wanna buy a ZIL? The limo used by Gorby and Yeltsin, a vehicle straddling the greatest divide in geopolitical power seen in the non-wartime 20th Century, is up for grabs at Sotheby's first-ever auction in Russia. Also on the block? How 'bout Leonid Brezhnev's specially-constructed Nissan limo? Unfortnately,… » 4/14/06 12:55am 4/14/06 12:55am