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65 years ago, they produced the first Volga Empress of Russia

65 years ago, they produced the first Volga Empress of Russia

The first copy of the Soviet GAZ-21 Volga passenger car was produced on October 15, 1956. The elegant and luxurious car called Empress remained in the production program of the Gorky Automobile Plant until the early 1970s.

These cars were supplied to socialist Czechoslovakia mainly in the form of corporate cars, taxis or cars of the National Security Corps.

The GAZ-21, the successor to the legendary Russian car Pobeda, did not represent the cry of modern technology, but excelled in a robust construction, thanks to which it was able to withstand Russian roads – roads, and for its time had a relatively comfortable interior. No wonder, then, that the Volga was sold not only in the Soviet Union and other Eastern Bloc countries, but also in the West.

The GAZ-21 was initially produced exclusively as a sedan, only in 1962 a huge station wagon called Universal appeared. Interesting was the limited series of these cars equipped with an automatic transmission and an eight-cylinder engine with a capacity of 5.5 liters, which was designed to meet the needs of the Soviet security authorities.

In 1968, the Empress’ successor, the angular model GAZ-24, appeared in public. Two years later, the last of almost 640,000 “twenty-one” left the plant in Gorky (now Nizhny Novgorod).

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