It is interesting how much culture can affect the desirability of classic cars. In the United States the transition from the late 40’s to the early 50’s brought us rock and roll, wild styling, bright colors and enthusiastic youth. World War II veterans came home and purchased cars with big fins and ‘hydramatic’ transmissions; it was a time of prosperity.

At the same time in the Soviet Union, the opposite was true: transportation was basic, sparse, and only for those with significant wealth. Is that why classic Russian cars fail to draw the same attention or desire?

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One place in Russia is bucking the trend. Determined to preserve what’s left, they’ve amassed a large collection of vintage cars from the area. Rather than categorize and salvage, the mission here is to preserve and display.

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As time permits, specimens will be plucked from the fields and restored to their former glory. Those not able to be repaired or restored will stay as artifacts in an outdoor museum.

The rural cars above share a better fate than the urban ones below

Pictures courtesy of Netwind.ru via EnglishRussia

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7 COMMENTS

  1. I would so love to restore a bunch of these vehicles. It is amazing that this many could go ignored for so long and have no hope of another life…

    Thanks for this website. It is incredible and very enjoyable!

  2. One photo shows a 1939 Buick. That was an excellent car and not at all Soviet junk. This one would be restored if located in the USA.

  3. I am sorry to disappoint all of you guys, but pictures that you commented are actualy pictures of a Museum M.Krasintsa in Chernousova. It is a project that started as an idea of a single man, he’s name is Михаил Красинец.
    Idea was to create a collection of cars, regardless of their quality and condition.
    Great numbers of those cars are already restored, many of them are in the process of restoration and even more are going to be restored. They have not been forgotten, just waiting for their time to come.
    More info on this link, it is in russian, but a guess you can find your way around that problem :
    http://houseofblade.net/cars/exebitions/chernousovo/

    Cheers

    • Thanks for the share Vidak. This takes a little luster off the romantic angle, but it’s great to hear he is doing what he can to keep them alive. Kudos to Михаил Красинец for his work. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Indeed I wonder what the story behind the ’39 Buick is. Was it looted from Europe at the end of WW2 as was the case in all European countries that the Red Army over ran in late”44, early”45?

    Bet the old bus has an interesting story.

  5. See many of the pics are of the old Moskvitch. Interesting Russian interpretation of the pre war Opel range. When the Red Army over ran Germany, all the capital equipment to make the Opel was “liberated” and shipped back East along with the the unfortunate engineering staff that was was captured at the same time. I believe that around 1947, the little Moskvitch was born.

    How many know that GAZ (another Russian car manufacturer) production startup was closely assisted by Ford in the early “30”s, and a large number of American families were sent by Ford to the Soviet Union to assist in the engineering setup. Many did not return as “Uncle Joe” (Stalin) had them murdered (or worked to death) in one of his many bloody purges of the 1930’s.

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