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.
>>Ive heard for years that ZiL and Chaika limos actually have Daimler-Benz engines. Far more reliable.<<
In fact both Chaika and Zil has slightly modified truck/bus V8 engines, originated from Gaz-66 (Chaika) and Zil-131 (Zil cars) Army trucks.
They are enough reliable but fuel economy is not there.
Regular Zil limo weight more than 15,000 pounds being built around an armored capsule. I guess it takes about 2 miles per gallon.