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Pimp my Soviet ride: Alternative USSR automotive history

Russian artist Andrey Tkachenko from Nizhniy Novgorod has created a remarkable series of car illustrations. These pictures show an alternative history of classic Soviet models that (unfortunately) never left the drawing board. As concept cars, you won’t find them kicking up the dust in the streets of Russian cities. But these cute babies sure do catch the eye!
By Maria Azhnina, Anastasiya Karagodina, RBTH
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Andrey Tkachenko

It’s easy to imagine this “Night Hawk” (based on the Zil-112 C) flying the midnight streets of Moscow, its polished sides catching the gleams of the street lamps.
Soviet cars

Andrey Tkachenko

Initially, the GAZ-13 “Chayka” (Seagull) was an executive car used by Soviet top officials. This one could easily be used by a superhero (or the Secretary General of the USSR — when in besuited “civilian identity” mode).
Soviet cars

Andrey Tkachenko

This one is a custom racing version of the Izh-2125: perfect for winning races. Check out the x-cut headlights!
Soviet cars

Andrey Tkachenko

When a GAZ-21 “Volga” turns into a roadster, the result is the “Volgaster”. Looks a bit like a Bentley or Jaguar, don’t you think? Only better?
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Andrey Tkachenko

The one and only genuinely hip Soviet car, the ZAZ-969 “Zaporozhets”, is transformed here into an awesome Japan-inspired coupe. There were different kinds of “Zaporozhets” cars in the USSR: “ushastyi” (jug-eared), “gorbatyi” (humpbacked) — but no coupes, that’s for sure.
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Andrey Tkachenko

We’re not sure what model this is, but it seems to have quite a tired look. Maybe better take the bike down?
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Andrey Tkachenko

Time to remember the movie “Cars”: this is Mack, an alternative Soviet version. The car hauler “Cuban” is designed for the “Cossack Racing Team.”
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Andrey Tkachenko

It’s hard to differentiate this custom version of the RAF-977 “Latvia” minibus from some kind of retro-futuristic train.
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Andrey Tkachenko

Wow! An ice cream selling truck combining wheels with chain tracks — this ZIS-42-based wonder can reach ice cream hungry children no matter how remote!
Soviet cars

Andrey Tkachenko

This beast is called the “Snow Rat,” created on the basis of the GAZ-68. Just take a look at those mighty chain trucks! Even the heaviest snow stands no chance.
Soviet cars

Andrey Tkachenko

This picture sparks the imagination. The original tractor in this custom work is called the “Stalinets-65” (the name derives from Stalin); there is a beautiful girl, the red communist flag and a gorgeous sunset in the background; and the machine seems to be turning up the soil for the coming harvest. The name “Peredovik” (leading worker), along with the tunnel-vision driver and plumes of thick smoke, add daredevil spirit!
April 24, 2017
Tags: cars, ussr, transport, Art, multimedia, illustration

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