Russian Classic Cars

One Owner Moscow Garage Find: 1980 VAZ-2101

For all of its military strength and technological achievements (they were the first country to place a human in orbit), the former Soviet Union suffered one significant shortcoming following World War II; It didn’t possess a viable automotive industry…. more»

Czech Rarity: 1974 Tatra 603

If you happen to find yourself in Tampa Bay, Florida, you should check out the Tampa Bay Automobile Museum which has a wonderful collection of iconic cars and trucks, including one of the biggest assortments of Tatras I’ve seen… more»

Sense of Humor: 1988 Yugo GV

Possessing a sense of humor, particularly during adverse times, can prove vital to maintaining good mental health and well-being. The owner of this 1988 Yugo demonstrates that trait with the stickers plastering its panels. They suggests that you need… more»

18k Mile Survivor: 1991 Lada Niva 4×4

Want a small SUV that’s got history that a brand-new RAV 4 will never offer? How about a 1991 LADA Niva with under 18,000 miles on the clock and a full resto to boot? This car, offered for a… more»

Low Mileage 1988 Yugo GV

1988 Yugo. Starts right up. Thirty thousand miles and three thousand bucks, according to the ad here on craigslist. (Thanks, Rustydust, for this tip.) If you hanker for an odd piece of automotive history, and you can register a… more»

Air-Cooled Hemi V8! Tatra 603 Sedan

The Tatra 603 was a larger rear-engined luxury car that was produced by Tatra (a Czechoslovak company) from 1956 to 1975. Due to the political climate of the day, only high-ranking politicians and heads of companies usually had access… more»

Polish Project Plane: 1953 MiG-15UTI Jet

“No, honey, I told you that I’m not buying any more old motorcycles or cars, I don’t remember mentioning not buying any Russian-built jets used by the Polish military”… The seller has this 1953 Mikoyan-Gurevich, or MiG, 15UTI training… more»

3-Wheel Cyclecar! 1960 Velorex 16/350

The Velorex was an “Oskar” which meant “car on axle.” Produced in the Czech Republic, it was a tube-framed, 3-wheel cyclecar powered by a 2-stroke air-cooled engine that displaced either 250 or 350-cc. Half the body was a canvas-like… more»

Fantastic Russian Collection For Sale

We’ve seen a few Russian cars appear on our desks here at Barn Finds over the past decade, but it is rare to see more than one car come from the same seller. However, the owner of this collection… more»

Original Paint: 1988 Yugo GV

I always consider myself to be a fortunate man. I have had the privilege to drive some pretty desirable classic cars during my life, but there are still a few that remain on my Bucket List. Some of you… more»

Polish Barn Find: 1961 GAZ-21 Volga

Barn Finds come in all shapes and sizes. With cars from the former Soviet Union gathering traction in the classic market, buying one today could represent a reasonable long-term investment. The owner of this 1961 GAZ-21 Volga found it… more»

Best One Left? 1989 Yugo GV

This 1989 Yugo GV is a sad sight sitting in this workshop. It had been in hibernation for eighteen years before the current owner spotted it. He discovered that once he dug below the surface, this little gem was… more»

Low Kilometers! Clean 1990 Yugo Koral 55

Fiat made some amazing cars. So amazing that they sometimes licensed their designs to be produced outside of Italy, resulting in some of the most famous Soviet cars around. The Yugo is one such car. While it got more… more»

Cold War Comrade: 1969 GAZ-69A

The Second World War made abundantly clear the huge advantage held by a truly mechanized military, and few machines demonstrated this as effectively as the humble Jeep. A light, four-wheel drive vehicle with a legendary reputation for durability, it… more»

Survivor Or Restored? 1954 Oldsmobile Ninety Eight

And now, time for something different. Not a barn find, not a muscle car, not a rare high dollar foreign wreck, not a custom, and not something indescribable. Nope, just a car, an ordinary mid-century four-door sedan in the… more»

1974 Moskvitch 408 Survivor

Since the end of the Cold War, more and more former Soviet Bloc cars have made their way westward. One such car was the Moskvitch 408. This specific example, a 1974 sedan-version, was imported from the Czech Republic a… more»