Big things with little cars
Big things with little cars

Soviet Saturday: GAZ 13 Chaika

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Hello Comrades!

Today we look at a very special car for very special people. Of course, in communism, everyone is equal - and some are even more equal than others. And for those people, the GAZ 13 Chaika was produced. The Chaika was a step down from the ZIL - but a step up from everything else.

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The M13 was powered by a 195hp 5.5L V8 and driven through a push-button automatic of a similar design to the Chrysler Torque Flight unit. Take that, Moskvitch!

As a limousine-class car, Chaikas were available only to the Soviet government, and could not be purchased by average citizens. However, citizens were allowed to rent Chaikas for weddings. How nice. They looked a fair bit like a 1956 Packard - but unlike Packards, they were made until 1981. Production numbers are unknown, but probably about 2000 were made.

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This is another one of the Russian Wellys and is dressed up as a Taxi, although I doubt they were ever used as such. I need to get myself a black one for the appropriately sinister KGB look.

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