10 My Expensive Hobby

My Expensive Hobby

Posted on November 7, 2012 by team

These cars always stand out from the rest. A photographer Maxim Shatrov met with the owners of stylish retro cars whose hobby is quite expensive. But the result seems to worth it.

Simbek was born and grew in the aul. He liked cars since childhood, made them from aluminium wire. After the army he worked as a driver in the aul. It’s when he started to assemble his first car Zhiguli of 1974.

This is GAZ M-21, 1959.

Simbek started to assemble it in the beginning of the 90s, after the USSR collapse. He recollects that only civil servants and WWII veterans drove such cars. He spent 15 000 dollars for the GAZ.


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10 Responses to “My Expensive Hobby”

  1. Andrei says:


  2. America says:

    Up through the 1990s we used to see Caddy Eldo convertibles around southwest Florida all the time. The Germans who winter over here absolutely loved cruising them. Sadly there are far fewer to be seen these days. A classic American cruiser. Quite an experience to drive.

  3. OD1N says:

    Cool retros. btw kazakh number plates look like the same in GB

  4. Faith Gorodki says:

    The first car I ever drove was a ’74 Moskvits Elite 1500. I was 14 and it was better than my first time with a woman. Much better.

  5. MikeFromCanada says:

    That Gaz-13 1978 looks a lot like a 1956 Chevy. At least the Russians skipped the Ford Pinto.

  6. (r)evolutionist says:

    “Do you want to have a retro car?” No, I want a retro ideology (7 Nov. 1917). And I despise Elvis….

  7. CZenda says:

    W123 used to be a fav car of local gipsies :D

  8. ada says:

    6k dollars for W123 buys you a car in a decent condition in Europe. Really, these prices are out of the blue sky.

  9. Drivel says:

    Gleb bout a 73 VAZ 2101 for 1500 AND still had to do 600 worth of motor work?! Well not a full 600, he did get those crappy steelies. Wonder how much he got ripped for those? Probably cut the springs too.

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