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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.



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Russian BMW 650i (pics)

Wed Apr 18, 2007 8:45 am

dank!!!!!.... it looks sick
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Wed Apr 18, 2007 8:52 am

Where do I sign up for export  yes 

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Russian BMW 650i (pics)

Wed Apr 18, 2007 9:00 am

"Thatz str8 mafuckin P...I...M...P"

Really though, that car looks fantastic. However, I have never been a fan of the 6 series interior/dash. I think the 6 series is the only example for when I would take a Merc over a Bimmer.
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Wed Apr 18, 2007 10:47 am

The trunk is a big improvement over the 6!
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Wed Apr 18, 2007 11:39 am

Awesome car!!!! Thanks for the link MD90 Big grin

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Wed Apr 18, 2007 11:44 am

Looks like a T-bird to me.

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Wed Apr 18, 2007 12:05 pm

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.
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Wed Apr 18, 2007 12:44 pm

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.
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Wed Apr 18, 2007 12:56 pm

It reminds me of the Ford Thunderbird in the States. . .

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Wed Apr 18, 2007 1:17 pm

I'll vote for the (newer) T-Bird and a vintage Aston Martin ...
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Wed Apr 18, 2007 8:34 pm

As sexy as the 650 is in that first picture, I love that conversion! Not many convertibles look good with the roof up but this is stunning!
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Wed Apr 18, 2007 8:51 pm

I prefer the original one  Smile

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RE: Russian BMW 650i (pics)

Thu Apr 19, 2007 4:53 am

F*cking hideous, IMO.

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Thu Apr 19, 2007 5:01 am

Quoting Trav110 (Reply 13):
F*cking hideous, IMO.

I agree

They took a nice looking German car and made it look like a car 40 years older that got chopped and chromed by the next door neighbor's teenager. What a waste of a good car.
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RE: Russian BMW 650i (pics)

Thu Apr 19, 2007 5:20 am

It makes the BMW look BORING! A stunning car!!!!

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