Welcome to Soviet Saturday where I discuss greatest automotive legends from the Soviet era in diecast form.

Today’s car should be well known to most of you as it’s been featured in the 2004 film - The Bourne Supremacy. I am of course talking about the Volga GAZ 3110 taxi. In the movie it was Jason Bourne’s getaway car through the streets of Moscow.

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Volga 3110 is a significantly improved and modernized version of the same Volga GAZ 24 that’s been in production since the 1960s. It was a go to car for the taxi cab companies of all major cities of the USSR. Due to its large size and comfortable ride, it was popular with passengers as well as the drivers. With the fall of the Soviet Union, many taxi companies were privatized and chose foreign vehicles for their businesses. A small number of government owned taxi companies remained that continued to use Volga well into the 2000s.

Today, a Volga taxi is a rare sight on the streets of Moscow.

The model that I have here is a 1/43 scale made by DeAgostini. It’s a generic representation of a Russian taxi and can be easily converted into a Bourne Ultimatum replica with a couple of decals. I might buy a couple more of these and create before and after versions of the movie model.

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It’s a diecast model with a black, plastic interior and undercarriage that would look really nice after some detailing. Being that it’s made in China, the assembly leaves something to be desired. There are misaligned parts, glue smear and paint defects on many of these models.

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