100 million! ZIL-111 can cost so much and even more. Not in your garage, by any chance?
We are not talking about hot rods (cars with old or stylized old bodies and with modern units and a converted interior). Such projects also have a right to exist, but they have nothing to do with oldtimers. We also do not take into account the copies that are made today with some degree of skill, recreating, in the first place, Soviet models that have not survived.
Among the real retro, not only professionally restored cars are especially appreciated, but also those that have been preserved in good condition. What happens to some, especially representative, models.
It is the small-scale cars of the Moscow ZIL plant that today lead the rating of the most expensive of the Soviet ones.
ZIL-111 costs 100-120 million rubles (~ $1.500.000) today. It is this model in the first place for the price. Prices fluctuate not only depending on the condition of the machines, but also on the modification. The circulation of each version did not exceed several dozen copies.
Convertibles are most appreciated, which in two modifications (ZIL-111V and ZIL-111D) were assembled less than two and a half dozen. The owners of such cars do not advertise themselves. Cars pass from hand to hand in a narrow circle. Therefore, the prices for them are very approximate.
Abroad, ZIL-111 is a rarity, but the interest of collectors in it is small. The ZIL-111G limousine is offered in the Baltics for 31.5 million rubles. True, incomplete and in a deplorable state.
ZIS-101 – 70 million rubles (~ $1.000.000). Today it is perhaps the rarest Soviet car that can be found at all. There are very few surviving cars. Although a total of more than nine thousand copies of the ZIS-101 and ZIS-101A were made, this was before the Great Patriotic War.
The state of modern cars put up for sale is poor. The asking price is 30–75 million rubles. The real costs of professional restoration, finding original parts or making high-quality copies will be approximately 70 million, that is, round up, a million dollars. There are examples, but the owners prefer not to advertise it.
Abroad, the ZIS-101 would hardly have caused a stir. There, this car, most likely, would have been perceived simply as a kind of banal Buick.
ZIS-110, which from 1945 to 1956 were made just over two thousand, now cost from 10 to 45 million rubles. depending on the seller’s appetite and the condition of the car.
The most expensive are, again, convertibles of the ZIS-110B model. Limousines are also surfacing overseas. Brought from the former USSR or those supplied for the leaders of the socialist countries. The prices for cars there are in average condition about the same as in Russia. There is, however, an offer for 8.5 million dollars, but it is from the category of curiosities.
ZIL-114 and ZIL-117
In fourth place are representative cars from the times of Leonid Brezhnev – ZIL-114 and ZIL-117. They ask for from 20 to 35 million rubles. The ZIL-114 limousines made 113 copies, but many survived in fair condition. The ZIL-117 sedans are more expensive, since only 73 of them were assembled.
ZIL-114 also ended up in Europe. But there a limousine in good condition is offered for only 3.5 million Euros.
GAZ-13 Chaika will cost 10-15 million rubles. One of the favorite Soviet cars by collectors – already very prestigious, but with relatively affordable spare parts. After all, not dozens of Chaeks were made, but more than 3000.
GAZ-13 seagulls are also found in the West, because they were supplied to socialist countries. A car in decent quality is about half the price there – in terms of rubles, about 5 million.
ZIL-4104 – 10-12 million. ZILs of the last 4104 family are valued cheaper than older and rare cars of this brand. The most expensive, of course, rare modifications are station wagons and armored vehicles.
Several cars also ended up in the West (one even in the USA – in the state of Ohio). They ask for about 200 000 USD.
GAZ-12 ZIM – 8 million rubles. More than 21 thousand seven-seat sedans were made. True, a very long time ago: the last cars were assembled in 1960. Rarely, but there are even original copies not restored, but in fair condition. Many cars are “improved” in the style of domestic tuning.
In Europe, ZIMs are also found and cost a little less than $100.000.
GAZ-A – $100.000 . The first domestic large-scale passenger car is now a rarity. Not many cars have survived to this day. And those that survived are usually in a terrible state. Therefore, the restored cars that pop up on the market are essentially a remake. True, sometimes he is very highly professional.
There are no such machines in the West. But a copy of Ford there would hardly have attracted anyone.
The price range for GAZ-M1 is from $100.000 to $2.000.000. “M” survived more than GAZ-A. But most of the cars are barely alive or are brought in a relatively divine form, but with non-native units: engines, gearboxes, suspensions. Salons are often also far from the original. That is why the range of prices is huge.
Like all very old cars, GAZ-M1 is difficult to restore and operate.
But in the West, “M” are not found and also hardly anyone would be interested. To collectors over there, it’s just a variation of the Model B Ford.
GAZ-14 Chaika – $300.000 – $550.000. Despite the low circulation (1120 copies), the latest generation Chaika is relatively inexpensive. Except for a few ceremonial convertibles.
GAZ-14 also surfaced in Germany. They costs there about $20.000.
GAZ-M20 Pobeda – $40.000 – $100.000 . Pobedas round out the top ten most expensive domestic oldtimers. There are many cars on the market. It is not difficult to find a copy for 500-600 thousand rubles. But it will be a set of parts, at best a heavily altered and worn-out copy.
The restored cars cost from 3 million rubles. (in the West, where Victories also occur, there are about the same number). The most expensive Victory, of course, are convertibles, of which 14,222 copies were made, but only a few of them survived. True, the craftsmen have learned to turn standard sedans into convertibles. But this is a separate story, as well as a conversation about the most accessible Soviet retro…