7 One Old Ambulance Soviet Retro Car Restored

One Old Ambulance Soviet Retro Car Restored

Posted on December 18, 2014 by tim

One guy in Ukraine had a dream to find the old and very rare Soviet GAZ-13 “Chaika” (or “Seagull”) luxury car which was used (very rarely!) as an ambulance. He spent lot of time searching for a car, as their pretty much rare to buy. Finally het got one and started the repair works. See what he got as a result:

I think not many people would argue that  this is a pretty much awesome example of Soviet design which still looks pretty cool.

They say that only 20 (!) such cars were built for ambulances and only a few of them, including this one still are intact.

It was considered to be ultra-luxury in Soviet times and so the engines were used mega powerful V8s with 5.5 liters. Compared to the mass production VAZ LADA cars with 0.8 liter small 4 cylinder engines it was pretty huge and monstrous! 

A few old photos of the same car.


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7 Responses to “One Old Ambulance Soviet Retro Car Restored”

  1. Muzzlehatch says:

    Inspired by the 1955 Packard. Looks like it was made as a hearse too.

    • Andrew says:

      Actually it was made as ambulance for elderly party bosses. It was secret so it has no medical markings. Soviet leaders were hearsed on military vehicles. Only 2 GAZ-13 were made as hearse for Vietnamese comrades.

  2. bbb says:

    Its not soviet design. It is almost pure copy of Packard car.

    • huegh says:

      it is Soviet designed car, only inspired with Packard, i watch documentary on youtube about GAZ factory, and they showed this model, and compare it with simmilar Packard model. Dimensions, mechanics, and interrior are very different !

  3. Ande says:

    0.8 liter? More like a 1.6 liter. It seems like you make Russia look bad on purpose sometimes…

    • Andrew says:

      Actually 0.8l is correct for compact city car VAZ-1111 Oka. It had basic 0.65l 2 cylinder engine, a half of regular 1.3l 4 cylinder engine. Also it had 0.75l and 1.0l engines.

  4. Sally Anne says:

    Is this ambulance for sale? If it is could you please give me your asking price?

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