10. LuAZ Four Wheel Drive Vehicle
LuAZ built small four-wheel drive vehicles, like this 969. They weren’t particularly well made; Over 60 people were killed in LuAZ cars due to carbon monoxide leaks. See more here.
9. The SVA-M
SeAZ created this goofy VW Beetle lookalike, the SVA-M.
8. The Tatra 603
When Czechoslovakia was under Communist rule, the rear-engined Tatra 603 was another car that was reserved solely for the ruling classes. See more here.
7. The Odd Octopoid Auto
The story behind the odd but innovative 8-wheeled automobile photographed parked and neglected on a quiet Russian backstreet can finally be told, and to no-one’s surprise it’s as weird and bizarre as the car itself.
“In the vastness of Russia found this unknown terrain type,” commented Russian website It Is Interesting, who posted these images in September of 2013. “Why is it needed, and who fashioned – a mystery.” Not so fast, my post-Soviet friends! See more info here.
6. Russia’s New Humvee
Russia might not be known for its innovative and appealing mass-market automobiles but be assured the nation’s military rolls with the best of ’em.
With that said, this bizarre “army car” concept from ZiL has got a decent shot at being the Russian army’s next wheeled workhorse, and it could happen as early as 2015. See more here.
5. Park Ranger Vehicle
Talking about weird cars this is another one that has been sent our way. According to the story, these were built in Soviet times by the people working in what can be called the Park Rangers service – people taking care of forests. They were probably in need of cars which could go easily on the dirt roads and also wanted to stay comfy, so they came up with these. See more here.
4. VNIITE-PT (ВНИИТЭ-ПТ), conceptual taxi vehicle, 1964
This odd looking van was designed at the Research institute of Esthetics. See more here.
3. Old Russian Car that could Swim
One guy has told about a car that stays in his parking. It history goes back to Soviet times, the communist sixties.
It was a car that was designed and built by special Soviet car company, it had many advanced features at that time. It had some features never being implemented in Russian cars before: the clearance could be adjusted from with dashboard buttons, like on some modern SUVs, it had a button to start an engine, instead of a key, the dashboard indicated the current gear selected etc, it had heating of rear and front windows, and the main thing – it could run float on water as well as on regular roads. See more here.
2. Russian PT Cruiser Limo
The PT cruiser is one of those cars people either love, or hate. It was produced for 10 years, and was styled to resemble a classic hot rod, and that styling wasn’t appreciated by everyone. The car was roomy enough for a small family, however one custom car agency in Russia felt the vehicle would serve as the perfect platform for a one off creation…a limousine. And not just any limo, but rather one designed to look like a horse drawn carriage. See more here.
1. The Buffalo Mobile
We’re not Putin you on, this Russian custom car is swathed in real Canadian buffalo hide inside and out – including the trunk and the engine compartment. Better not take it out in the rain… better yet, don’t take it out at all. See more here.