Stalin’s limo, worth $2.8 million, was stolen in Moscow by crew of 6 with tow truck
An antique ZIS-115 car – a heavily armored limousine that purportedly carried around Joseph Stalin himself – has been stolen in Moscow. The missing vehicle is estimated to be worth around $2.8 million.
The incident, which took place overnight in the north of Russia’s capital, has been reported by social media outlet BAZA. The rare vehicle, which was sitting in a garage, was stolen by six people who broke in and took the ZIS-115 with a tow truck.
В Москве украли лимузин Сталина. ЗИС-115 — уникальный советский автомобиль. Он предназначался для высших советских чинов, и с 1949 года на нем катался лично Иосиф Виссарионович. Машина находилась в гараже на севере Москвы. pic.twitter.com/zZsSAUldZU— baza (@bazabazon) December 27, 2019
It must be quite a tow truck, since the limo weighs a whopping 4.2 tons. The car features very heavy armor capable of withstanding an FMJ rifle-caliber bullet from a distance of 25 meters (including hits on the windows), as well as an underbelly grenade explosion.
It was not immediately clear why the rare vehicle was sitting in a regular (and apparently not-that-well guarded) garage, since only 56 cars of the type were produced in 1949-55. The car was based on the ZIS-110 unarmored limo, and the creators did their best to make the two vehicles indistinguishable.
The ZIS-110 limo was produced in significantly larger numbers – over 2,000 of all modifications. Apart from carrying around high-profile Soviet officials, many were used as long-rage taxies. They certainly knew how to roll with style back in the 1950s!
While the incident was widely publicized by Russian media, no official information is available so far.Also on rt.com Hellish ride: Unique bootleg ‘Tesla Cybertruck’ goes on SALE in Russia for 666,666 rubles
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