33 Abandoned Strange Russian Trucks

Abandoned Strange Russian Trucks

Posted on June 3, 2007 by

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These are abandoned Russian strange cars.

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33 Responses to “Abandoned Strange Russian Trucks”

  1. EliseiZorine says:

    my grandpa had one;

  2. Rico says:

    Anyone know what they were used for? One of them looks kind of like the huge trucks we used to haul Minuteman II missiles out to the missile sites whne I was in the USAF.

  3. John from Kansas says:

    Roads? Who needs Roads?

    • Macsen says:

      Did you mean picture #3? The one with the screws on the bottom? Their for going through muskeg, mud and the like. I think there’s a video showing how they work on YouTube.

  4. Odinizm says:

    There are a few arctic exploration vehicles, some missile carriers, a balistic missile carrier, similar to the ww2 versions.

    THe one I find most interesting is the one with the drills at the base, It looks like a reposable Ice cutter or maybe drill.

    Whatever the purpose the majority were used in expiditions.

    • Udayan says:

      I feel so bad that these gigantic machines once roared on the dirt roads.They are gigantic , strange,powerful and perfectly matched with Russian mood. If I have an option,I would have clean them everyday or repair and show them to the public or even start these massive engienes.Mr Putin should think about these mammoths.

  5. Mikhail says:

    I believe one with spiral/screw propelling device is used in snow/mud/water in arctic summer. It is amphibious truck that does not need separate means or propelling on the ground, snow, mud or in water: screw works equally well in all cases.

    • padon says:

      true, the corkscrew one has two large spiral revolving ‘treads’ that float, designed to tackle land/water/ice, well, pretty much anything you can throw at it.

  6. Penglii says:

    Some of these are amphibious vehicles… “ducks” for short.

    Check out the “Original Wisconsin Ducks” in Wisconsin Dells.
    People pay good money to ride down the Wisconsin River in old Ducks.

    As for the rest of these vehicles… they look way the hell cooler than a Hummer.

  7. Charles says:

    Have a look at this site more identification of some of these trucks – Richard imports these types of vehicles for sale in the UK.


  8. humanoid says:

    The DUKW is a specific model of American WW2 amphibious vehicle. Perhaps ‘duck’ has become de facto slang in Europe for all amphibious vehicles- it isn’t a big deal if so. But it is somewhat akin to refering to all heavy tanks as ‘Tigers’.

  9. nin_ers says:

    i can buy one??

  10. samf says:

    Those are beasts. That fifth one down especially is insane – I smell the finest cruising machine/offroader/mobile home ever built hiding under all that rust…

  11. molotov cocktail says:


  12. nyoh-ohio says:

    these are all trucks manufactured by ZIL, the big red one is a ZIL-3167s, heres another one: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ZIL-135

  13. Charloteer says:

    They are not strange. They are practical. They are innovative. Those who say that russians copy everything from the west, are either ignorant, or arrogant, or both!

    Check out the links:






    • novalis says:

      “Strange” is an adjective used not ONLY in the pejorative sense. It simply means something that is not ordinary. Your average person never saw a truck like this : P

      Who says that Russians copy other countries’ ideas? Huh? Since when did ideas “belong” to certain countries, anyway? There arises a need for a certain heavy truck to carry missiles- little Soviet engineers build theirs, little American engineers build theirs. Big freaking deal. I hate this kind of industrial competitiveness. The thing that matters is that the trucks are cool and the missiles are designed to kill many people, no matter who makes them. If anyone ever says that Russians are dumb and only copy other people, I’ll personally get mad. In general, today’s Russia and the former USSR produce fantastic engineers. Who else could build a relatively developed industrial society out of a feudal abomination in about 40 years?


  14. novalis says:

    oh, so entertaining. yank versus russian wrangling. ye colde war is over. and those trucks are AMAZING. I might be weird, but I prefer the idea to them rusting away in such a fascinating scene than being reduced to boring perpetuity in a museum somewhere.

    I wonder who in what country could afford to run these things on a large scale? Indonesia? Damn them and their 19c a litre. Still, though… I love that odd Soviet fetish for the gigantic. Vroom!

  15. Gurtek says:

    i say “These trucks must be preserved or to be damaged properly”…….

  16. KBR says:

    I know some of the trucks from my childhood. Some of them are prototypes, never made more than a few.

  17. Marius says:

    The last two pictures show the mobile nuclear pwoer plants, also apperaring somewhere in this blog i think!

  18. ETOJA says:

    blin, smotriu i dumaju- za4em bondar4uku v ego obitaemom ostrove kakuju to herovuju techniku bilo pridumivat.. vot vse , iz istorii, i v to ze vremia tak futuristi4no.

  19. Buhoi says:

    Its sad too the engeneering marvels rust that way those where unstopables used to search for landing kosmonavts in remote parts of russia and building a truly All terrain truck

  20. Andreas Putzly says:

    Does anyone know where these amazing trucks are located? My company would like to purchase them and restore them back to their glory and place in a working museum for all to see . They are just wonderful trucks, and they deserve to live again. Thank You

  21. Macsen says:

    As an Alberta oil field truck driver/rig mover, I must say that I would like to see these beasts re-built, and I would love to try every one out!

  22. Cheapest-Insurance-904 says:

    hm. hope to see same more info

  23. NewLeaX says:

    Curious topic

  24. First one says:

    Army trucks – MAZ=) GGG

  25. kamaz power says:

    they’re not strange they are beautiful trucks
    immagine they in movement on dirt, on hills , mountais, off road, their power…

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