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Comrade Clippers and Bourgeois ZILs

Posted October 14, 2009 12:01 AM by dstrohl

"One of the most fascinating aspects of the economic history of our time is the role played by the capitalist system in support of the communist system. Unfortunately for us and for posterity, the story of this strange symbiotic relationship never will be fully told. One has to scratch hard, therefore, to retrace some of the steps which have led from the Packard factory in Detroit to the Stalin factory in Moscow and the vast Gorki works on the Volga."

Classic car enthusiasts know there was some sort of link between Packard and ZIS/ZIL – postwar ZIS-110s looked like near-perfect copies of pre-war Packards, as did later ZIL/Chaikas resemble later Packard Clippers. Or was there some sort of link? Griff Borgeson wrote on the topic in the pre-glasnost SIA #55, February 1980, and comes away with evidence, but no solid conclusions.

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10/15/2009 10:36 AM

I would look under Sidney Reilly this was maybe after that period, I think he died in the mid 1930's but it sounds like smething he'd be into. I know (read) he had connectons with Henry Ford and had ties to Russia.

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10/15/2009 12:32 PM

It had always been my understanding that Packard had sold the dies to Russia. Whether true or not, I don't know or really care.

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