• Jun 12, 2010
1976 Volga GAZ-24 - Click above for high-res image gallery

Sometimes, it's the unlikely stuff that gets the best reactions. At a show where the supercar circle boasted the likes of a Schuppan 962CR and James Glickenhaus' Ferrari P4/5, across the field, car of decidedly more modest origin was cultivating an equally-delighted group of fans for itself. Yes, it is the opposite of a supercar, but this '76 Volga GAZ-24 was easily one of the highlights of the show, if you ask us.

Wedged between a grey Citroen DS, the deep red Volga was beautifully turned out, with blinding whitewall tires, velour-accented seats, neat logo mudflaps, airbrushed hammer-and-sickle art on the hood, and probably the most appropriate vanity plates ever. The car was even wore its own fur hat.

When we asked the owner to open the hood for us so we could grab a quick photo, he apologetically said, "Oh, there's not much to see," as he lifted it to reveal the clean inline-four. "Besides, if I keep it open, no one can see the artwork!" Smiles all around as folks gathered to ogle this Cold War curiosity, which you're just about as likely to see on the road as any of the exotics that were parked a few hundred feet away. In its own way, it's every bit as cool.



Photos by Alex Núñez / Copyright ©2010 Weblogs, Inc.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Cool! The hat's a nice touch.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Back in the day, those wipers and hubcaps would be on the car only if it was in motion. Parked, they'd be gone in minutes.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The perfect car for Glenn Beck.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This car people won in lotteries in USSR. Well the price was only the right to bye one;)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Makes me almost as excited as seeing a Studebaker Lark!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, I like it (except for the artwork). Are the wide whitewalls period-correct? Also, check out the alarm (the siren under the hood). Offbeat, unusual stuff like that always impresses me.
        • 4 Years Ago
        No, whitewalls were never used in regular soviet models, just the special ones in soviet army parade.
      • 4 Years Ago
      lol..that looks like the (evil) spawn of a Chevy II and a Ford Falcon!
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      The first prototypes were actually made in 1966 and the car was released in 1968... but they kept making them in that form until 1985, though the current one isn't much different...
      • 4 Years Ago
      @wwwgraham.

      The Valiant and Dart's last years were '76.

      And AMC had some cars that were well-made (Gremlin, Hornet, Pacer, Matador), if not well styled and well-selling.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's funny. The Russian's idea of a 1976 auto was the West's idea of a 1966 auto.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's funny that some people are too stupid to realize that this is a car put out in 1976. In the west, models change almost every year. In Soviet Union, model stays the same. They were marketing a 1966 car in 1976. End of story.
        • 4 Years Ago
        What's even more funny is that the car is still, albeit in facelifted form, in production:

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Volga_31105.jpg
        • 4 Years Ago
        It is funny how some people don't even have the intelligence level required to check the actual development/production years of the car. Gas-24 Volga is a Soviet car from the 60's, not 1 "1976 auto".
        • 4 Years Ago
        So why do you think that is? It's because the russians bought (or maybe even stole) the design. Unfortunately, they didn't buy the drawings for the suspension and the motors, so the car is basically a piece of junk in it's original state. For more stolen designs look here:

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaika_%28car%29

        BTW, before somebody flames me for being desrespectful to Russians. I was born in the USSR and lived there until it fell apart, so I know what I'm talking about...
      • 4 Years Ago
      The lost love child of a Volvo and the last Studebaker sedan.

      Sadly, I can't think of one 1976 American car I would buy today. The legendary sixties pony cars were gone or debased. The great sixties American compacts were also gone. The Falcon, the Valiant, the Dart gone. Impala, Malibu, Satellite, LeMans, Charger, Grand Prix, Nova and Hornet, all obese and tired. Ford had totally perverted the Mustang, the Cougar and the T-bird. The Pinto and Vega were a disgrace. The Maverick/Comet might have been Fords best car back then. The Cutlass was the best selling car.
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