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Moscow's Flashy Vintage Cars

Moscow's Retro Auto Museum boasts a  dazzling collection of vintage cars from all over the world 

This article from our archives was first published on RI in June 2019

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Moscow's Retro Auto Museum is only ten years old, but already has a collection of 260 vintage cars, trucks, buses, motorcycles and bicycles, of a foreign and domestic origin. It also boasts a unique collection of retro Russian cars, located in the museum's "Kremlin garage".

Most of these cars are not suitable for Russian winters — or roads. But they're pretty to look at!

Bently Continental S-1. (1955-1959) The Queen of England was fond of this car . At the time, it was the most popular automobile in the UK, thanks to its luxurious design. 

Rolls-Royse Silver Cloud (1955-1959) 

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Packard 180 (1941) Car scholars — are these real people? — say that Stalin had a special appreciation for its exterior decor.

Hudson Eight (1936) The first mass produced car to be designed by a woman. It's quite elegant, isn't it? 

Horch 830 BK (1935) A high-class German automobile. During the war, many cars of this make were mobilized for the needs of the Defense Ministry, the General Staff and other departments of the Third Reich ministries. Many famous people of Germany and the USSR owned one. Among them: Georgy Jukov, Mashall of the USSR.

Ford A (1927-1931) In 1929, the USSR Supreme Economic Council and the US firm Ford signed an agreement to provide technical support in the construction of the plant in Nizhny Novgorod and Moscow. This was the beginning of 'mass motorization 'of the USSR.

MG-A (1958) British vintage sportscar 

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Mercedes Benz 190 SL (1955) One of the first Mercedes of this type. Bohemian and elegant, it was admired by Pablo Picasso and Frank Sinatra.

Fiat Abarth 695 (1965) A small and convenient Italian auto.

Now for some Russian cars!

Gaz 13 (Chaika) Was used by the heads of the ministries and by ambassadors of the Soviet Union in foreign countries.

Moskvich 400 (1954) Manufactured in the USSR as the first mass-produced car.

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Volga, Gaz-21 The most popular taxi-car of 1950s USSR.

Marussia B1 (2010) The first Russian limited edition sportscar.

The museum works daily from 10.00 till 21.00 o'clock, except Mondays. 

Address: Moscow, Rogozhsky Val St., 9/2

Ticket price: 400 rubles. 

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