Top Ten Oddest Cars from Russia


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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.

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9. The SVA-M

SeAZ created this goofy VW Beetle lookalike, the SVA-M.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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4. VNIITE-PT (ВНИИТЭ-ПТ), conceptual taxi vehicle, 1964

This odd looking van was designed at the Research institute of Esthetics. See more here.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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29 thoughts on “Top Ten Oddest Cars from Russia

  1. Ha! I know the most wierd russian Volga. 😛

    Btw LuAZ is a little beast for offroad. Really very cool little jeep!

  2. What a great collection of decidedly odd cars. I rather like the PT Cruiser Limo, too. It would be ideal for women with great beehive hairstyles! I also like the Beetle lookalike, and a car that could swim/float might come in handy at times. Thank you for an interesting read.

  3. I really like the old American cars, and several of these Russian Classics would be great to own, too! Or, at least test drive.

    I think #7, The Odd Octopoid, #5, Park Ranger, and #6, the New Humvee would be coolest, in that order. With #9&10 close behind.

    By the way, the comment about the Volga, that looks to be about the most comparable to some American cars- maybe that’s what makes it so weird?

    Thanks for the continuing info!
    — John

    1. Actually, russians are not very good in producing usual cars for wide consumer market. It is b\c when the automobile industry was born during USSR there was exceptionally practical aproach in making cars – cheap, sufficient quality level, repaiability, doing the required job.
      Another thing ,as told, that Russia was born to fly -but that is a different subject. 😛
      (and really if you will look to rus. aircrafts they are one of the best in world… many were or are abs. the best)

      From the article only one thing worth to own – LuAz.
      It is nice nimble little very light beasty for offroad, it does the job very well. Also ,if i’m not mistaken, it is unsinkable – can swim(sure very slowly).
      The weakest part is engine, but if maintenaced well it will do the job.
      Another russian consumer(not special) cars which worth to own are Niva, GAZ 66 and UAZ.

      Any other have much better not russian alternatives.

      p.s. About that Volga- it is wierd b\c it is one of very few Volgas which can go 250km\h. 🙂

      1. Oh God, you are so right! Russian were meant to fly, that why I fit in here so well, I’m a total bird brain. Creative that is, anyway. Love your comments as always. Question – does anybody get a bit upset or riled up about your comments? See you are having so interesting conversations, don’t really monitor them so don’t know what’s going on, could you fill me in, Thanks.

      2. I just went back and looked at all the vehicles and realized if you attached some wings to them babies they all could be some very cool airplanes don’t you think.

      3. Thx.

        I dunno, Steeve, if anybody is upset or riled. I know that i’m rare ass, but i honestly don’t much care if so. )))
        And soon i will comment less, b\c now just have some time and near PC.
        So if smbd was upset or riled soon will be more happy. lol

        Here is another Volga “thing”:


















      4. Thx.

        I dunno, Steeve, if anybody is upset or riled. I know that i’m rare ass, but i honestly don’t much care if so. )))
        And soon i will comment less, b\c now just have some time and near PC.
        So if smbd was upset or riled soon will be more happy. lol

        Here is another Volga “thing”:
















      5. Thx.

        I dunno, Steeve, if anybody is upset or riled. I know that i’m rare ass, but i honestly don’t much care if so. )))
        And soon i will comment less, b\c now just have some time and near PC.
        So if smbd was upset or riled soon will be more happy. lol

        Here is another Volga “thing”:


















      6. Thx.

        I dunno, Steeve, if anybody is upset or riled. I know that i’m rare ass, but i honestly don’t much care if so. )))
        And soon i will comment less, b\c now just have some time and near PC.
        So if smbd was upset or riled soon will be more happy. lol

        Here is another Volga “thing”:

















    2. The Humvee would be my choice as well. I can see myself driving it through town, it would be a real head turner, not that I really care, what I’d really like to do is get it out into the wilderness and see how it does. Then I’ve always dreamed about owning a submarine too, I’d love to own the boat too.

      1. If they did we’d all put them on and fly out of Russia to a warmer climate, like………..Turkey or Egypt. Me I’d go to Cyprus……….how about you?

      2. he-he you ,guys, don’t how to do it right.
        I would go to Crimea, Georgia, Montenegro, Shri Lanka, India or Vietnam.
        😀

      3. Exist rumours that soviets were experiment with flying Volgas:


        Phahahehe! 😀

        But in any case i would drop any Volga thing for some of these birds:

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  4. Damn..Sorry, Steeve , there was some king of “bug” during posting the second Volga “thing”. Post didn’t appear, when i post.
    Pls delete ,if you can, 2 duplicated ones.

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