These days if you are in Moscow you can see an interesting exhibition. It tells the story of Russian motorcades used by top authorities – presidents, top Communist party officials and even the motor car of Russian Emperor Nicholas II thru the years with all restored exhibits. Evge Chesnakov a blogger went there and made those awesome photos together with captions and we tell his story here too! Let’s see how did they roll!
So basically it all started with this Delaunay-Belleville car which was the favorite one of forty-six cars belonged to Tsar.
This small disabled motorized chair was used by Lenin after he suffered the injuries after the 1918 assassination attempt.
And this was Lenin’s official ride.In 1921 the communists have formed the special unit that was responsible for the top officials cars. They started buying best cars, hire best drivers. This unit is still active and serves rides to top leaders of Russian state now.
In 1930s most popular cars were Fords and Packards.
But in 1940s they have built soviet limo – ZIL. it was bullet proof and very comfy. Stalin’s favorite car. Though Stalin was very paranoid about the assassinations – he never used same car two days in a row, always changed his routes. Nobody in the unit knew which car he is going to use today.
After 1959 main top official car became this GAZ 13 “CHAIKA” or The Seagull. It was also available as convertible for parades etc. You couldn’t buy it. It was considered a great honor to get it as a gift. Some top names were having this gift – first women in space Valentina Tereshkova, balet dancer Ulanova etc.
This green Volga was a first Russian comfortable SUV and was built on special order for Brezhnev so that he could hunt in the forest without leaving a comfort of Gaz.
The unit gets new cars all the time. Now the German cars are the majority including the favored by Russian people “Gelendenwagens” Mercedeses.
Thanks a lot for Evgeny for the photos. His website is below: