MD90fan From Bahamas, joined Jul 2005, 2931 posts, RR: 7 Posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 2833 times:
Quote: Volga is known mostly for small Soviet-era sedans used by the KGB and as limos for the communist party central committee members – a little less so for customized German luxury cars. But in a revolution against Western propaganda, the Russian automaker has unveiled its second coachbuilt BMW.
The Volga V8 roadster starts life as a BMW 650i cabriolet before being treated to custom body panels to give the car 60's retro styling in tribute to the (charismatically-named) Volga GA3-21P. Aside from the bodywork, the car's mechanicals seem to carry over from the stock BMW, which is probably a smart move.
The V8 Roadster follows the path of the V12 Coupe, based on the BMW 850 CSi, which was built in 2001 as a throwback to the Volga GA3-219 (with a 9, the roadster has a P).
Not much additional information is available on the cars, unless you're fluent in Russian, but follow the jump to find a full gallery of images.
Volga may be in danger of folding, but not before joining Fisker in crafting an exclusive coachbuilt BMW.
Waterpolodan From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1649 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2652 times:
The rear looks like a Ferrari 250 GT Spyder crossed with an older Rolls convertible, the side looks like a modern Ford Thunderbird, the front looks like a hotrod version of an old Chevy pickup, and the wheels look like they came from a late-90's impala in a rap video. These elements just don't work together for me, particularly the wheels. I think the 6 series in its stock form is vastly more attractive.
Soyuzavia From Australia, joined Jun 2005, 609 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2632 times:
This is a single one only built by Pemespiba, a group of car enthusiasts (coachbuilders) in Moscow. It isn't made by GAZ, which is the company which produces the Volga. Also, GA3-21P above should be GAZ-21P - the Russian Z looks like the number 3. And the GAZ Volga line is in no danger of folding as stated above.