Russian Custom Cars Heading to the US
The two cars, a two-door convertible and a four-door coupe, were designed and manufactured by a Russian coach-builder to combine the lines of Soviet classic automobiles with modern performance. We would call this mix of German mechanics and Russian mafia menace perv-formance, but we won’t for fear of government censorship.
Building expenses for these two one-offs were covered by an US citizen who was formally an Odessa resident. His biggest desire was to have something that reminded him of his home-country. According to the coach-builder, the two cars have an estimated worth of $300,000 (that’s RUB9,153,226 in Russia).
First off, the four-door limousine is clearly built on a BMW 3 Series platform, with the BMW logo on the steering wheel and BBS wheels from the 80’s being a clear tell of this. The car has a retro look to it, with side exhaust pipes and lots of chrome trimming, but it also incorporates modern features like pearl-white paintjob and air-conditioning.
The blue two-door convertible seems to be based on an old Mercedes CL convertible, having the same folding cloth roof and a Mercedes interior, covered in what we would describe as echo alligator skin. It does look a little unfinished for a car worth $300,000 though. Both cars have been made to resemble Pobeda cars (Soviet models produced from 1946 until 1958).
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