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A book on Russian cars? Here are books on the history, models and technology of car makes from Russia and the Soviet Union.

Russian Motor Vehicles: The Czarist Period 1784 to 1917

This work covers the motor vehicle industry in Russia prior to World War I and provides data on steam vehicles, electric vehicles, motor cars, trucks, motor cycles and military vehicles. The writer spent time in the former USSR researching the book, and to his knowledge it is the most comprehensive account of the subject ever produced. The archives of the Polytechnical Museum in Moscow were consulted in depth, and a large number of Russian books in the author's possession have also been examined to achieve a reliable report.

Whilst many books have appeared concerning Russian aircraft, railway locomotives and naval craft, there has been nothing published outside of Russia concerning the activities of its motor industry. Bearing in mind that by 1937 the Soviets had become the largest producers of motor vehicles in Europe, albeit with the help of Henry Ford, it may appear strange that nobody has attempted to document this enterprise in any shape or form in the west.

The writer decided to concentrate on the work of the pioneers in Czarist Russia, for their efforts were more diverse than those of their counterparts in the Soviet era. However, one Soviet motor car which was an indigenous product, and which was manufactured in a factory in Moscow previously occupied by the coach builder P Ilyin, has been included to illustrate how the industry might have evolved if Henry Ford had not been approached.
The writer spent time in Russia in the 1970s, and with the help of the Polytechnical Museum of the USSR and the former trade organization V/O Autoexport, he managed to build up a comprehensive overview of all facets of vehicle production from the early days to the final demise of the Soviet Union. All the manufacturers of motor vehicles, certain accessories, military machines, and even aero engines are recorded in this unique book.

Author:Maurice A. Kelly
Specs:112 pages, 25 x 25 x 0.6 cm / 9.8 x 9.8 x 0.24 in, hardback
Illustrations:90 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Veloce Publishing Ltd (GB, 2009)
EAN:9781845842130
Book: Russian Motor Vehicles: The Czarist Period 1784 to 1917

Russian Motor Vehicles: The Czarist Period 1784 to 1917

Language: English

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Russian Motor Vehicles - Soviet Limousines 1930-2003

This book investigates the whole story of why the Soviet Communist Party required limousines, and how production was subsequently achieved. Following the orders of Stalin, work on the Limousines commenced during the first Five Year Plan (1927-1933) at the Putilov Works, late the Kirov Zavod, where the Leningrad L-1 was made in a limited number.
From these beginnings, the Moscow and Gorky models emerged, and later the Chinese-derived types made with Russian aid during the late 1950s.

Covering all of these models, up to the last one produced in 2003, and featuring full specifications translated from the relevant primary sources in Russian and Chinese literature, this is a meticulous and unique account of a previously neglected subject.

Author:Maurice A. Kelly
Specs:128 pages, 26 x 21.5 x 1.8 cm / 10.25 x 8.5 x 0.71 in, hardback
Illustrations:90 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Veloce Publishing Ltd (GB, 2011)
EAN:9781845843007
Book: Russian Motor Vehicles - Soviet Limousines 1930-2003

Russian Motor Vehicles - Soviet Limousines 1930-2003

Language: English

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Cars of the Soviet Union : The Definitive History (Second Edition)

This is the fascinating story of Soviet cars from the birth of the Soviet Union in 1917 until its demise in 1991, including a chapter dedicated to the post-Soviet era. It is the story of an insular, state-run car industry in which the carefully thought-out ideas of ministerial planners, rather than the fickle nature of customers in a free market, determined what cars were made.
Every car and van had a place and a role to play in keeping the wheels of Soviet society turning; designers and engineers were given clear instructions on what that place and role would be.

Pages of the book Cars of the Soviet Union: The Definitive History (1)

The cars of the Soviet Union therefore have a unique heritage: designed for a social purpose, influenced by politicians, built with military needs in mind and sold in a country where the open road could be a 300-mile track across a windswept steppe.
The development of these cars is described in astonishing detail, supported by hundreds of photographs, making this the definitive history. This second edition has been been updated to include developments in the decade since its original publication in 2008.

Pages of the book Cars of the Soviet Union: The Definitive History (2)

Author:Andy Thompson
Specs:384 pages, 27 x 21 cm / 10.6 x 8.25 in, hardback
Illustrations:457 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Behemoth Publishing Limited (GB, 2019)
EAN:9780992876982
Book: Cars of the Soviet Union : The Definitive History (Second Edition)

Cars of the Soviet Union : The Definitive History (Second Edition)

Language: English

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Personenwagen aus Osteuropa - Was nicht in die DDR importiert wurde (Typenkompass)

Dieses Buch ergänzt die beiden bereits erschienenen Typenkompassbände "DDR-Personenwagen" und "DDR-Personenwagen - Importe aus RGW-Staaten". Viele Typen der in den übrigen Ostblockländern produzierten Pkws waren nämlich in der DDR gar nicht oder nur in der Grundausführung erhältlich.

Das hier vorliegende Werk beschreibt all diese übrigen, in den ehemaligen Ostblockländern Bulgarien, Rumänien, Sowjetunion, Tschechoslowakei, Polen und Jugoslawien in Serie produzierten Pkws, Geländewagen und Transporter bis zu einer Tonne Nutzlast, sodass alle drei Bände gemeinsam einen umfassenden Überblick über die Typenvielfalt der osteuropäischen Fahrzeugindustrie ergeben.

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Author:Uwe Bertalott
Specs:128 pages, 20.5 x 14 cm / 8.1 x 5.5 in, paperback
Illustrations:164 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Motorbuch Verlag (D, 2015)
Series:Typenkompass
EAN:9783613037496
Book: Personenwagen aus Osteuropa - Was nicht in die DDR importiert wurde (Typenkompass)

Personenwagen aus Osteuropa - Was nicht in die DDR importiert wurde

Language: German

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