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Wednesday, September 03, 2014


  • One of the Zavod Imeni Likhachova's ZIL-114s on Moscow's Red Square in March 1968, four years into Leonid Brezhnev's leadership.
  • Soviet leader Josef Stalin (center), Vyacheslav Molotov (second from right), Anastas Mikoyan, Sergo Ordzhonikidze, and ZIL Director Ivan Likhachev pose next to a new ZIS-101 at the Kremlin in April 1936, five years after the American A.J. Brandt Co. helped retool the factory. The name of the plant had been changed to Zavody Imeni Stalina.
  • A ZIS-110 limousine assembly conveyor line at the Moscow Autoworks in 1946.
  • Soviet Premier Nikolai Bulganin and Communist Party First Secretary Nikita Khrushchev greeting Baltic sailors on their return from Britain on May 1, 1956.
  • A Chaika GAZ-14 in Nizhny Novgorod in December 1981, near the end of the Brezhnev era.
  • President Boris Yeltsin, Russia's first post-Soviet leader, arriving for a state visit to Italy in February 1998.
  • President Dmitry Medvedev (right) and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger arrive in a vintage Soviet-era Chaika at the Skolkovo technology center on the outskirts of Moscow in October 2010.
  • Acting Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov rides in an open-top ZIL limousine at a military parade in Red Square in May for the 63rd anniversary of the Patriotic War, as World War II is referred to by Russians.
  • Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill (left) and his whitewall tires after a church service on May 25, 2012.

The ZiL: Limousine To The Soviet Elite

Published 5 September 2012

The Kremlin is said to be nostalgic for the luxury sedans and limousines of old, with officials seeking a new line of cars for official motorcades and the like. One of the names that has emerged is the former carmaker to the Soviet elite, ZiL. From Stalin through Gorbachev, the Zavod imeni Likhachova motorworks turned out luxury cars for the Communist elite. Here are some cars from ZiL's golden years.