• Sep 25th 2006 at 11:23AM
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Volga is known mostly for small Soviet-era sedans used by the KGB and as limos for the communist party central committee members – a little less so for customized German luxury cars. But in a revolution against Western propaganda, the Russian automaker has unveiled its second coachbuilt BMW.

The Volga V8 roadster starts life as a BMW 650i cabriolet before being treated to custom body panels to give the car 60's retro styling in tribute to the (charismatically-named) Volga GA3-21P. Aside from the bodywork, the car's mechanicals seem to carry over from the stock BMW, which is probably a smart move.

The V8 Roadster follows the path of the V12 Coupe, based on the BMW 850 CSi, which was built in 2001 as a throwback to the Volga GA3-219 (with a 9, the roadster has a P).

Not much additional information is available on the cars, unless you're fluent in Russian, but follow the jump to find a full gallery of images.

Volga may be in danger of folding, but not before joining Fisker in crafting an exclusive coachbuilt BMW.

[Source: CarDesign.ru]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      This sort of reminds me of those big limos "inspired" by '50s Packards, that were (still are?) the rides of most of the Soviet bigwigs.
      I also think it looks no worse than Ford's "retro" T-Bird that just recently went out of production. Would I buy this instead of the "real" 6 series cabrio? No? Not even if it cost the same.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Forgot a link, check it out.

      • 8 Years Ago
      There has been a slump at Autoblog lately. Not their fault. Not much the last week or two that has grabbed me.

      Then out of nowhere comes this car. Holy Kretsky.

      Super cool and yes I am 60 years old.

      I will order mine in yellow with dark red interior, but I will go for the optional Studebaker chrome wheel covers.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Better than Fisker's attempt.

      The V-12 powered Volga was pretty sweet looking...
      • 8 Years Ago
      Ees sexy beetch, da?
      • 8 Years Ago
      • 8 Years Ago
      LOL, They roll on Daytons in Russia? 20" rims no less(at least they look like 20's)?

      Must be a black Russian. Those damn Russian basketball players/rappers.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I like the 6, but it is typical of boring BMW design. This Volga concept is clearly polarizing...but I like it.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Volga is the model, Gaz is the manufacturer.
      • 8 Years Ago
      >>> Volga is known mostly for small Soviet-era sedans used by the KGB and as limos for the communist party central committee members...

      If you know no other words in Russian than KGB don't become like a parrot. Volga GAZ-21 (later GAZ-24) was highly popular in Soviet Union in 60's and 70's. For example, this time it was the official taxi car in USSR.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Am I the only one old enough to think this looks like a customized 54 Ford convertible?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Aside from the wheels, I like it. I'm not normally a fan of retro cars, but I bet even a lot of middle-aged American old guys who live through the Cold War would lap this up.
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