1969 Gaz-21 Volga 2.4 liter, USSR, Soviet era car

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Technical specifications

Manufacturer:Other Makes
Model:Gaz 21 Volga 2.4 liter
Fuel Type:Gasoline
Color:egg shell gray/blue-ish in the shade
Interior Color:gray/blue
Engine:2.4 liter, 4 cylinder
Trim:new cloth with vinyl trim
Number of Cylinders:4
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1969 Gaz-21 Volga 2420 cc (2.4 liter). 3-speed column shift manual transmission.
Egg shell gray/blue. In full sunlight it looks gray, in shade it is definitely more of a blue. It suits the car very well though it doesn't help in hiding the car's size. These cars are quite large.
Actual mileage (kilometers) unknown.
RESERVE VERY SENSIBLY SET (i.e., not stratospheric like some EBAY examples have been set at. It is priced at what the Georgian owner wants for the car. If the price goes above that, my business partner and I will take a commission though the Reserve will not include our potential commission. Yeah, I want a commission so I want it to go past the Reserve.). This car is priced to sell and shipping to your destination port is included in the Reserve price (estimate has been figured for the port of Long Beach/LA).
Walk around of the car can be seen here: face="Arial" size="2">This Gaz-21 (otz-da-ori/twenty and one in Georgian) is in a very respectable driver condition.
The interior, carpet, and headliner are new and in VERY GOOD condition (NEW). I WOULD MAKE THE ADDITION OF SOME SEAT BELTS THOUGH!!! Coming from Southern California, I feel the need to wear a seat belt even if I'm just sitting in a car. For me, they are kind of comforting, here in Georgia, they're still not big on safety restraints, even in their new cars (they have them, they just don't like them).
The paint work has been resprayed the original color four years ago. The paint is respectable but by no means perfect. Body work has been done to a good, presentable level prior to respray. The driver side is wavy, the passenger side is better. There has been some bondo patchwork below the rear window at the rain gutters but the extent of the work has been minimal. Repair work could be done in the future but unless you were going the full restoration route, why? This car has enough steel in it to build a large portion of the Golden Gate Bridge and this steel isn't the horrible Soviet steel that you hear bandied about in relation to Fiats of the 70s and 80s, it is very HEAVY duty.
The Gaz (Volga) starts and drives extremely well if in a rather slow manner. It is a torque monster, I don't think the engineers were thinking about horsepower when designing this engine. I'd replace all the rubber radiator hoses and fuel lines for something that isn't as ancient and improvised as what is existing. All drivetrain works as to be expected. Rubber brake hoses are all in good order. Slave cylinder and lines are all in good working order.
The car tracks perfectly straight as exampled by the owner when driving down some of the backroads of Kutaisi where the road surfaces are simply 'irregular'. I was not about to drive the car as the driving habits here are unusual and more than a little erratic, not interested in the liability. I've been restoring cars (amateur level, with my dad) for about 25 years and have worked professionally in the auto industry as a tech for five years, so I've got some experience with old cars. The suspension is in great working order as it handles the road surface better than the little OPEL turbo-diesel I drive around in.
Brightwork is all original and though shiny, is of the type that if you are farther than five feet away it looks great, closer inspection reveals its age. As it is, I wouldn't do a thing to it unless the plunge for a full resto is taken, and this car isn't a car I'd go in for that on. I'd just drive the piss out of her, as fast as her agricultural engine and drivetrain would allow. If you do decide to re-plate the chrome, it is easy enough to do while still using the car.
The original sun visors have been replaced with painted black inserts and I'd look for a translucent blue/green plastic to fabricate the inserts out of like the speedo/odometer housing, an easy project.
The clock is in excellent condition but isn't working. North Hollywood speedo should be able to remedy that for you. The radio's bakelite-ish buttons are in bad shape and the radio isn't working. I'm looking for a replacement (either parts or the entire thing). If found, that can be added to the final price of auction.
As is, I'd not do a thing to the car other than add seat belts and change out a few rubber hoses. I would use it as the very honest driver it is and maybe show up to the Best of France and Italy with some Soviet steel (as they've been getting some Czechoslovakian Tatras and other oddballs over the last few years, sad I'll not be at it this year. I'll miss it by about a month. Only have been able to make it once in the last three years).
I am acting as the agent for the sale of this car. There is a contract with the owner (a friend) so that once the car reaches its VERY modest reserve, the car WILL sell. Shipping will be paid for by money included in the Reserve. Shipping will be made in the BUYER'S name and shipping insurance will be included, again, in the buyer's name. Customs duty for the port of entry to whatever country you reside in will be paid by the buyer. Customs duty for a vintage car entering the USA is around a hundred bucks. (Poti, Georgia to the Port of Long Beach/LA, California has been used for estimation purposes). It is the buyer's responsibility to take delivery of the vehicle from the port of entry (wherever that may be) or make arrangements for further delivery.
At present I'm located in Batumi, Georgia. If you are interested in seeking out old and interesting Soviet automobiles, I can assist. Feel free to contact me, my name is Tim. Skype arrangements can be made if you are seriously interested in this car or any other. Email exchanges will be easiest as most of my time is being spent studying for a Master's program. There are many old ZIMs, ZILs, GAZ-20 Pobedas (and 4x4 Gaz-20s) and GAZ-12s around here as well as the Soviet military 4x4 jeeps and vans (UAZ 452s (Bread loaf vans, kind of an ugly VW Type 2 but a 4x4) and UAZ 469 jeep convertibles and hard tops) as well as the smaller Moskvichs and ZAZ jeeps. Rumor has it that there are a few Chaikas around also. I'm interested in tracking those down. Personally I like the original vehicles here, or vehicles like this one, which isn't presented as a 'restored' vehicle, as what a restoration is in the States isn't what it is here. That said, many of the 'restored' cars are rather well done, I just personally would rather see and know how the work was done. Vehicles imported into California should be 1975 or earlier (if you want to use them), for the rest of the country there is the 25 year rule.
If you have any questions don't hesitate to contact me. I'll respond as quick as possible though there may be some delay as I'm on the other side of the planet.
Thanks for taking a look and enjoy.

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