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Posted on 02/27/2013 5:34:10 PM PST by nascarnation
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Looks like it was made by the same company that made the “Family Truckster” (NatLamp’s “Vacation”).
No wonder Vlad was pissed.....
I was going to say it looked like an early-’80s Lincoln.
I actually think that’s a nice-looking car.
Dump the (presumed) armor plate and take the stretchy-thing out of the middle, and you’ve got something I’d be willing to consider.
And please leave the “suicide” doors...
In the 60s our local fair had Chairman Mao’s limo. It was given to him by Stalin and captured in Korea. I think it was made by this same company.
One thing I remember about it was the terrible gas mileage, something like 2 mpg.
Pretty different from the 2010 mockups.
I remember at that time there was an ad in our local paper about an exhibit of the captured Soviet limo, which was a ZiS or a ZiM or some such. How did it ever wind up in Norkland? Mao tse-Tung had an early falling out with Stalin & he probably said to Kim Il-Sung, “Here, comrade, you can have it.”
I’ve heard for years that ZiL and Chaika limos actually have Daimler-Benz engines. Far more reliable.
I suggest Ebay - search "Lincoln Town Car 1982-88"
Ugly as sin. I wouldn’t be caught dead riding in it.
A powerful person needs lots of style - this is one ass ugly limo!
I bet that the average limousine buyer doesn't think to ask for that.
In fact it looks exactly like a 1979 Zil limo + suicide doors and cheap arab-style headlights and chrome parts.
One thing for sure it has perfect protection. Older Zils were tested to withstand antitank munition. Under Stalin they had a chief designer inside vehicle during tests.
Having spent 40 yrs in the industry, I can attest to the transition from the styling studio, through engineering design, and then production engineering, LOL.
Now, those CAD renderings have some promise. Front fascia needs work but there actually are some nice angles, especially rear 3/4 view. Sort of an updated mating of a Lagonda with the best factory limos M-B ever made, the 600.
I suspect ZIL, being a heavy truck manufacturer since ‘91, was just incapable of anything that was not truckish. The production windows are not flush, the windshield in particular looks dated. The front fascia looks like a Freightliner. The lines of the sheetmetal aren’t contemporary, not much visual interest, just one character line running straight back. The sweep of the concept CAD was obliterated.
I guess there are some of us old goats still around who like an automobile to look like a battleship.
Now if it only had an Edsel grill...
Too bad Cadillac never built the Sixteen.
Now that would make one fine-looking limousine.
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