6 The Whole ZIL History In One Museum

The Whole ZIL History In One Museum

Posted on March 24, 2011 by team


ZIL museum is a very interesting place, but is not available for everybody. Guides here have a talent to narrate, passion for their work but also a very hard work schedule. So only students and those who are free from 9 a.m. till 15 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday can get here.

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The automobile factory history begins from a glade on Moscow outskirts in 1916. Its first name was Automobile Factory AMS ( Automobile Factory Society) and its founders were a family of Russian manufacturers, the Ryabushinsky. The factory planned to make the 1,5 tonne truck after a model of 1915.

But the revolution changed all these plans. In 1918 the factory was passed on to the government. The first manager was Dmitry Bondarev.


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6 Responses to “The Whole ZIL History In One Museum”

  1. zjoske says:

    Interesting to see the product range. However it would probably be more interesting if the car models would be replaced with real cars like e.g. in the Mercedes Museum in Stuttgart.

  2. Trynn Allen says:

    The Blue Birds look like a 6 wheel duck. Which is not a knock.

    I wonder how well it fords and if it’s seaworthy.

  3. testicules says:

    A museum to a sub-par line of products. They should have copied the American auto industry of the time

    • Jeff Pigden says:

      Right … acres of useless chrome, tail fins, gas guzzling pollution machines. These were Russian cars for the Russian reality. Notice how some of them look just like the American equivalent? Because sometimes the American design fits the Russian need.

  4. Musa says:

    I like the smaller models, they’re cute. Can you tell I know absolutely nothing about cars, trucks and buses? ;)

    • James Graves says:

      Interesting. It was quite obvious that many of the models were based on U.S. models. That’s understandable. Why reinvent the wheel? I especially noticed the Russian model that is a copy of the Packard from the mid 50’s. That was a good car. I don’t know if the degree of replicating ended with the physical appearance or if they included the engineering as well. But as someone said, the U.S. cars did work for the Russian people. It’s the environment that might be the challenge.

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