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    Zil 112 S (1962)

    One of the most successful Soviet racing cars, ZIL 112 S, appeared in 1962. As most of Soviet sports cars, 112 S used parts from production Soviet cars, for example front suspension was taken from GAZ 21 Volga, though the rear suspension was fully original. However, as well as disk brakes on all wheels (rear brakes were settled down to a main gear). Of two cars built, one had the V8 6-liter engine providing 230hp, and another - 6,95-liter V8 capable of 270hp, both developed from ZIS 110 unit. Depending on the engine, the 112 S could run 260-270km/h. Just as the enignes, transmissions were taken from ZIS 110, too, but redesigned slightly to apply lightened aluminium carter. Compared to earlier 112 modifications (will post them later), 112 S had shorter wheelbase (2190mm) and less weight (1300kg).
    Driving the 230hp car, Viktor Galkin came 3rd in 1963 Soviet championship, and in 1965 the 270hp 112 S won the championship with Gennadi Zharkov at the wheel.
    In 1962 one of the cars received a brand-new more closed body and a pallet, covering all the technical elements from below for breaking a Soviet landspeed record. The 112 RG, as it was named, was taken to Astrakhan' region to race on Baskunchak salt lake. But that year Baskunchak was washed by the rain (which, in fact, was almost never seen there), and the 112 RG reached 200-230km/h only - tyres couldn't run faster on such surface.
    The second attempt was taken at just built 14-kilometer Dmitrovski autorange. That time ZIL guys planned to beat a record of average speed during the 24h race (don't know whether the car should've been 112 S or 112 RG, in fact later rebuilt back into 112 S), but as the car and the track were prepared, the winter began, and no record attempt could be taken. Next year ZIL direction considered building racing cars an unnecessary capital waste, and switched to another spheres.
    Long time both 112 S cars were standing somewhere at the factory and later found their places in Riga automuseum both painted in wrong colors - red and cream-white, though an original ZIL livery was white and blue for both of the cars.

    If there will be any complains on using any of these pics, PM me. Will be deleted.

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    Zil 112 S #2
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    ZIL 112 S #3 (pics 3 and 4 here show 112 RG)
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    very interesting. Is there anybody around who can make his way to the Riga Museum and get some pics from there?
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    Here you are!


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    Quote Originally Posted by MartinL View Post
    Here you are!
    welcome to UCP, We are looking to seeing more gems from this museum
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    Doesn't it look a bit like a cross between a Corvette, a 250 TR and a 550 Spyder (the one in the first post that is)?

    I find those old cars from the URSS very interesting. Thanks for sharing.

    By the way is that V8 the same that powered the ZIL limousines up until (almost) now?
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    6-liter V8 from ZIL-130 truck???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ferrer View Post
    I find those old cars from the URSS very interesting. Thanks for sharing.

    By the way is that V8 the same that powered the ZIL limousines up until (almost) now?
    Nothing to add here. Very interesting and thanks for sharing ! Hardly a design miracle though..

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    Quote Originally Posted by drakkie View Post
    Hardly a design miracle though..
    Yep. That obviously wasn't an objective. So, if someone is interested, I'll post more from time to time. And maybe in the nearest future I'll take my arse to one museum in Moscow which keeps an interesting set of very rare Moskvitch cars (like 2141 KR prepared for Group B, 407 Coupe (replica, unfortunately) or some concept cars). It's just a matter of camera The memory card died (it was old, nowhere to buy a new one), only one 16MB left, so I will need a new cam. As I get it, I go there.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ferrer View Post
    By the way is that V8 the same that powered the ZIL limousines up until (almost) now?
    Maybe so, I'll look this up.
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    A bit more pics.
    BTW, when the guy from Tekniikan Maalima, Finnish magazine, saw the red 112 S at classic cars parade (don't know when) he called it 'Testa Russo'. Damn, cool name - it really looks a bit like TR.
    The 5th pic shows the 112 RG again.

    EDIT: the last pic shows its main gear and rear brakes in drawing.
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    Nice car.

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    Here's a cutaway drawing of 6-liter (I guess) model. And two more shots of 112 S and 112 RG.
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    Well, and who knows how many sumples of this model were built?

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    Quote Originally Posted by [NRG] View Post
    Well, and who knows how many sumples of this model were built?
    Two cars were built - I wrote it in post #1.

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