• Feb 4, 2009

Click on the image above to view the GAZ-51 retro truck in high-resolution

Remember the good old days? Well if they were spent under a communist dictatorship, perhaps they were not all that "good." And yet, there are some who still find ways to look back fondly. We're not sure that two vehicles is enough to qualify as a trend, but this is the second Western-built SUV rebodied to look like a "classic" Volga we've seen this year.

While the last one was a Porsche Cayenne with a 60's-era GAZ-21 body shell, this latest example is built on a chassis borrowed from a Cadillac Escalade EXT, redesigned to look like an old GAZ-51 pick-up truck. Authenticity is guaranteed by the big chrome rims on this retro-rod, currently under construction by Grande-Garage for an unnamed Russian plutocrat who apparently wants to remember what it was like before getting rich off no-contest government contracts. Get your papers in order and examine the images in the gallery below.

[Source: Cardesign.ru via Carscoop]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Lose the Escalade wheels, and it wouldn't look half bad.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's not bad at all. Different wheels definitely.
      • 5 Years Ago
      GAZ-51 was not a pickup. It was a 2.5-ton lorry.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Will someone please come up with a good Yakov Smirnoff joke?
      c0upe73
      • 5 Years Ago
      reminded me of a mattel hot wheels when i first glimpsed it. definitely ditch those ugly a$$ rims and give it an extended cab to improve the proportions. and then it would be stunning. looking at this truck makes me want to move away from the trend of big, honking chrome grills that everyone seems to be sporting nowadays...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Love the front and front-angle views. Downsize the wheels by 2" maybe a bit more and lose the chrome in favor of machined aluminum (probably a different design too). Lengthen the cab a little. The resulting machine would be drop dead gorgeous and if I had the money I'd buy it in a heartbeat.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      at first glance I thought this thing would be bad as hell. but once i looked at all the pictures it just wasnt what I was expecting, something...maybe the proportions, are wrong.
        • 5 Years Ago
        it doesn't have sideview mirrors, and it makes it look odd. but rest assured, with them it would look bad!
      • 5 Years Ago
      The proportions are a little off. I think the bed is too long. Also, the wheels suck. They are flat and cheap looking. Finally, the wipers should be on the bottom. However, it's still a nice truck, and it's nice to see russian vehicles being made into something cool.
      • 5 Years Ago
      i actually like the wheels... retromod-ish.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love everything about it, except the wipers, they make it look kind of depressed...
        • 5 Years Ago
        I was going to say the same.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Actually, if they put the wiper motors on the outside edges, it'd look like it were scowling. Which would be pretty sweet. :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      That is awesome.
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