28 Soviet Experimental All-Terrain Vehicles

Soviet Experimental All-Terrain Vehicles

Posted on April 6, 2011 by team


In Soviet Union there were lots of engineering departments which developed and produced different goods. Among them was a group of laboratories designing and constructing different all-terrain vehicles for the army, Space Forces and scientific work. Now these vehicles rusting at specialized junk yards and some maybe exhibited in museums.


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ZIL-E167 was constructed in early 60's and was meant for crossing northern hard-to-reach areas of the USSR. In the back part of the vehicle there were 2 engines. Fuel tank capacity - 900 liters, wheel diameter - 1,8 meters, clearance - 0,85 meters. The cabin and the wheel disks were made of glass reinforced plastic which materially lowered the total weight of the vehicle. ZIL-E167 was not ever batch-produced, probably because of the beginning of mass production of GT-T universal tracked cross-country vehicle.

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28 Responses to “Soviet Experimental All-Terrain Vehicles”

  1. Mizz... (A) says:

    Yes, sadly, but i am relay hope that sombody will build up a museum so they can be preserved and restored. Many of thoze vehicles are uniqe and interesting tacknical milestones in the history.

  2. zjoske says:

    what a junk

  3. Archy Bunka says:

    Where’s the car fax?

  4. Cro says:

    That unknown is US “DUCK”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DUKW

  5. Cranberry says:

    sure, because nothing new appears, you have to look towards the past )

  6. MXI says:

    Screw them, I like it.

    The unknown amphib is a DUCK

    http://fiveprime.org/hivemind/Tags/amphibian,dukw

  7. Anonymous says:

    F. Bunker here.

    Realy kool shht!

  8. Q says:

    Fascinating! I’d love to see those cars in working condition. In person of course :)

  9. shmalex says:

    yep, the firetruck like that is on the last picture but in much better condition, can be often seen in SVO airport driving out to fill the fuel tanks.

    • Mizz... (A) says:

      Yes, This is the story:

      The DUKW
      Principal military users
      (…)
      Soviet Union – 586

      “In 1952 the USSR produced a derivative of the DUKW adding a rear loading ramp – the Zavod imeni Stalina factory built the BAV 485 on the structure of their ZiS-151 truck. Production continued until 1962 with over 2,000 units delivered.”

  10. Pedro says:

    Hello
    Your “The model of this amphibian remains unknown” is american, probably from the lend -lease programs of WW2.
    Its a DUWK over 500 were sent to the USSR
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DUKW

  11. petrohof says:

    the one in pics 52,53,54 is a US GMC made D.U.C.K. from WWII

    • lehi4 says:

      It’s most likely a BAV 485, based on a ZIS truck. But, you’re right, very similar to the DUKW.

      • Mizz... (A) says:

        As i know the exteriour was very similar, guess more details as for example the rear loading ramp.
        (It was a slightly lather derivative of the original DUCKW)

  12. boris says:

    is enough with those army museum, you go any street there are a old tank or old mirage, is too much i think is better to sale those trash things to africa or make a hole and put it there for ever…is kind of sad a lot of mirage monument and tank monument kind of like we can not destroy these obsolet armament…

  13. six-string samurai says:

    I had no idea things could move on screws instead of wheels or tracks!!

  14. Gerald says:

    if the person who took these pictures can find out if the ZIL-4904 is for sale, please post a reply and a price

  15. Arvid Blomerus says:

    3rd. from bottom: A moving bath tub. I´d restore it, fill the tub with borch and drive around swimming in borch with world class models and a big cigar in my mouth.

    Then I´d get chosen as president.

  16. Mikhail says:

    @the guy above. Not Borsht! Should have sharks, with lazer beams swimming in it.

  17. Huge all terrain vehicles. i want to see some well preserved military vehicles in Soviet. It will need a lot of power to move those vehicles.

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