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The Exhibition of vintage cars

Once a year in Moscow, you can admire hundreds of technical, long-forgotten inventions at the exhibition of vintage cars. Many unique exhibits were taken from the museum storerooms and restored specifically for this event. Moskvich-415S was the very first Soviet SUV. It was that car, and not Niva, as many believe. At first, no one hoped that the car had survived, because only drawings and photographs thereof remained. But a few years ago, Moskvich-415S was found in an abandoned allotment garden.

Sergey Simonov, the restorer: "It was made more like a crossover than a passenger car, but smaller in its class in size than GAZ-69 and UAZ-469. Therefore, the car was to become the vehicle of village residents, the vehicle of village mayors. Well, it would not be superfluous for the army. Because the format of the car is very correct. We tested it yesterday on off-road. It went perfectly."

This year, the car show is dedicated to the 75th Anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War. The triumphal symbol of Victory is a complete collection of ceremonial cabriolets in one hall. From ZIS-110 phaetons, which in 1955 for the first time replaced horses during the November Parades in Red Square, to the latest parade Aurus, which has been first presented to the public here. Visitors could see another unique example of the domestic automobile industry with their own eyes only at this exhibition. Many people remember Emelya, the character of the folk tale, who rode on a stove that was heated with firewood. But not many people know that in reality there were cars running on wood. GAZ-42, the pre-war gas generator is the only example survived.

Andrey Karasyov, research associate at the Institute of History of Natural Science and Technology named after S.I. Vavilov: "Gas-generating cars were used everywhere, starting on the "lifeline route" on the Ladoga. There were transport units that drove on the ice. Because it was easier to find wood than oil products. On the home front, almost all the economy worked for them. Because there was no one to cut wood."

In the novel by Yulian Semyonov, Stirlitz's car was a powerful and expensive Horch, but in the film version it was replaced by a middle-class Mercedes, matching more the modest image of the main character and his home. So, an ordinary and unremarkable model became famous as Mercedes of Stirlitz.

Sergey Simonov, the restorer: "This is a saved car. And this is a trophy. From 1941 to 1943, the car was part of the German group of forces, and in 1943 it was recaptured and taken as a trophy by the Caucasian district artillery detachment, and it was behind the lines as part of the surveillance troop. Absolutely, like in the movies. It saw action many times, it was shot through, it has bullet holes. Its engine was shot through. And when the war ended, in 1946, it was immediately pensioned off."

The rarest examples of motorcycles and cars are hunted by gambling collectors. Especially for them, all cue cars are sold at auctions. Now, you don't have to go abroad for these reasons – unique auctions will be held right in the exhibition hall. Rare cars will be auctioned off. The starting lot price is from several thousand to tens of millions of rubles.

Alexander Kononov, Vladimir Bragin, TV-BRICS