Without the reindeer and the stars: a test of the most popular “Volga” GAZ-21

Без оленя и звезды: тест самой народной «Волги» ГАЗ-21

In 1965 5500 virtually any worth beauty "Volga"... or cooperative apartment in Moscow! Still, the GAZ-21 became the most popular car of the USSR of that time

In the half-open swivel air vents flows into the thick humid air with the spicy flavor of low-octane gasoline. Miniature wiper, creaking, rushing before my eyes, clearing the drops from the narrow loopholes. Rear window defogger no misted at all. And to the right to watch the useless, look finds emptiness instead of side mirrors. Left it is, the size of a smartphone screen — shows a piece of the road.

Без оленя и звезды: тест самой народной «Волги» ГАЗ-21

But outside is chilly and damp, and in "Volga" warm and cozy as the samovar in the grandmother. Sinking into a soft sofa, do not want to fuss: move slowly, with dignity. I may only guess what is happening on the sides, others see me fine. On a cloudy streets of Yaroslavl sky blue GAZ-21P is the center of good mood, the center of attention and kind (I hope) envy.

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Half of the people

The car is a dream: today and yesterday... 1962 "Volga" became really "popular". Gas declined to solutions that have not been tested Soviet realities. The so-called third production of the series with 21 minutes gone beautiful, but traumatic to the deer on the hood, the fangs with the bumpers. The wiring was hooked to ground net that reduced electrochemical corrosion. Finally wrote off an automatic transmission and capricious centralized lubrication system 21 point comfort motorists of the Soviet Union preferred maintainability. But the motor was slightly increased in power, painting and the body itself as a lever dampers were replaced by telescopic more effective.

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And "Volga" has blossomed: if machines of the first and second series from 1956 to 1962 made a total of about 170 000, the third stayed on the line until 1970 and has sold nearly a half-million — 470 000! Even relatively affordable "the Cossacks" and "Muscovites" of the time could not boast of such success.

All the same "Volga" remained in deficit. Moreover, for wealthy public. Half a century later history repeats itself: GAZ-21 — the collector's rarity, for which collectors of automarine hunt across the country. Our colleague Roman, who is 21-I sunk into the soul since childhood, spent on the search for three years. Reviewed proposals for the Metropolitan area, neighboring areas, but others are rubbish — so gradually came right up to the Urals. GAZ-21R 1965 issue randomly showed up in the military town of nuclear scientists under the Yuryuzan, Chelyabinsk region. "Volga" had somewhat worn, but not rotten body and family units. Affected garage storage and care of the owner: the car life served the same family. Paying 150 000 virtually any Roman went to Moscow on their own!

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Home restoration

Along the way I had to change the radiator, refused to stop signals. Although it was clear — without a full course of rejuvenation is not enough. The restoration process involved the father of the Novel — Victor S.: vehicle enthusiast of the old school, the son of the driver who was a soldier, engineer. "Volga" has scattered to the screw in the normal garages, rebuilt and repainted, too "on the knee", as in the old days when the notion of an official dealership thought is that fiction. And the result, as you can see, brilliant!

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