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Commie Cruiser: What Could Be Brezhnev’s ZiL 114 Limousine Comes Up For Auction

Posted April 22, 2015 8:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: famous cars limo Soviet ZIL

The only scrap of evidence that ties the 1977 ZiL 114 limousine coming up for auction in Germany later this month to former Communist leader Leonid Brezhnev is literally a scrap of paper: a note found in the car purporting that it was Brezhnev's personal car. Whatever its provenance, the aging limousine remains a rare example of Soviet sumptuousness.

Though normally concerned with truck and bus manufacturing during the Soviet years, ZiL devoted a portion of its Moscow works to producing no more than a couple dozen automobiles per year-typically limousines reserved for only the top-ranking Soviet political and military leaders.

More about the Soviet manufacturer ZiL and this limo.

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04/22/2015 9:55 AM

I dare anyone to try getting this vehicle to be serviced by Hanny, Joe or Jacques.

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04/24/2015 6:11 AM

I prefer the Volga myself...

There were lots of comments about the crap styling of the featured vehicle....I agree it looks just as ugly as the cars it tried to copy the styling after, which were American cars.

It's only recently that American cars actually stopped looking like and being built like this.

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