One Russian man from St. Petersburg, Konstantin Myatnikov, has been engaged in the construction of original homemade cars for more than 20 years. Here are some of his “brainchildren” inside the post.
1. The first car. It was originally the Opel Rekord 72. The dead engine was replaced by the engine from the GAZ-24. The suspension and axle were changed for those of the Volga. A body kit and bumpers made of plastic were added. Lights and stop signals – from the VAZ 2108.
The same car in its final form.
2. The second variant. The car was made on the same basis of the Volga. The doors of the VAZ 2109. The hood, roof and trunk lid are those left from the Opel. Lights and stop signals are still from the VAZ 2108. The wheels are American. The body is made in the manner of the Audi 80.
3. The third variant – upgrading on the same basis. The hood, trunk lid and roof (heavily altered) are from the same Opel. New bumpers are made of plastic. The doors of the VAZ-2109 with redesigned side windows. The body shape is close to the sport one. The lights are retractable.
4. The fourth car was made on the basis of the Opel Commodore, 2.5 liters. In 1995, there already were a lot of fairly cheap spare parts from Germany.
The body is made entirely of iron. Plastic bumpers. Side stands are cut off and welded at an angle so that to lower the roof. Completely redesigned door frames and windows. The suspension is lowered and adapted for American wheels.
The owner of this car drove it for 4 years until he got in a car accident (caused by the other driver’s fault).
After receiving the money Konstantin started to build a new car.
5. Made in 2000, it is based on the Mercedes 126, 5 liters. A frame made of pipes and a homemade roof. The same American wheels.
In the process of construction.
All exterior panels are made of iron. The car itself was made in a hurry for everyday driving.
That’s why it looks so untidy.
It had served for 7 years until got completely broken.
6. And this is a midengine! Konstantin has been making this car for already 4 years. This time he’s trying to make it of high-quality as he “wants to ride it, not walk around it”.
All this is done standing on the knees in a garage. Each piece is carefully fitted with the help of a burner.
The V8 engine from the Mercedes in the middle of the base; the box at a rear axle and rear suspension are from the AZLK-2141. The back wheels rotate in both directions powered by the electric engine.
Konstantin thinks that it will be necessary to change the clutch for that one of the GAZelle because the clutch of the Volga skids.
About the design: a face is a mixture of Bugatti and the Porsche Carrera GT, with sketches on both sides.
Some more photos from the archives of Konstantin Myatnikov without numbers and captures.
And the final series of shots of the car with the most finished body.