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Wanna own Gorbachev’s limo?

The armoured limo of former Soviet and Russian leaders is up for sale

17/06/2014 08:26 |  Comments: 


Rudi started as an intern, but thanks to his dedication, gentle demeanor, passion for cars, and the fact that he had a VW T3 Transporter, which came in handy when we had to carry stuff for our various events, he is now a full-time member of the team. When he is not studying engineering management, he is fiddling around with air-cooled VW's.

The ZIL limousine that used to drive Gorbachev and Yeltsin around can now be yours for €1,2 million.

The ZIL-4105 up for grabs, the armoured version of the 4104 is interesting in itself, as only 13 have ever been made of the model, but what makes it even more special is its history: the 41052 was used by the last President of the Soviet Union and the first President of the Russian Federation respectively, Mikhail Gorbachev and Boris Yeltsin during their terms of office. The historic value is reflected in the asking price of €1.25 million.

As you would expect from a car that spent most of the time between 1989 and 2007 tucked away in the garage of the Kreml and has just 29,403 km on the odometer, the limo is in excellent condition. It has a 7.7-litre V8 engine and 325 PS which, considering its weight of 5500 kg, is not that much. Equally disappointing is its top speed of 190 km/h. How fast it does 0-100 is unknown, as is its consumption.

The interior design of the limo is somewhat chaotic. The black leather upholstery of the front seats is mismatched with the grey plush clad backseats, while its wooden inlays, mousey curtains, and a two-spoked chrome steering wheel typical of 1950’s.

The over 6-metre long luxury limo will no doubt find a buyer in spite of its stiff price and we can only hope that the armour with a protection level of 12v will remain untested. If you’re interested, please enquire at James Edition.

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