Shed Light On A 1977 Russian Luxury Limo You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

The GAZ-14 Chaika was a fluke in Soviet times, but was no less than a Patrician Packard


Step into the 1977 Chaika, a Soviet-era limousine developed by GAZ (Gorkovsky Avtomobilny Zavod). Designed exclusively for mid-level officials in the Soviet Union, it was limited to just 1,114 units. In Brussels, the Chaika was first introduced in 1958 as the GAZ-13 model. However, the model you are witnessing is the second generation GAZ-14, which is more updated and houses more electronics than the previous iteration. Thanks to Dominykas Liberis, the rendering of this magnificent vintage limo takes us back to 1977.

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Built from 1977 to 1988, the second generation Chaika was a slightly toned down version of ZiL’s luxury limousines. The Chaika was heavily inspired by Western cars, especially the Packard Caribbean and the Packard Patrician. It was powered by a big naturally aspirated 5.5-liter V-8 developing 207 horsepower. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a three-speed automatic transmission.

Much like the production vehicle, the rendered Chaika has a quad-headlight setup with dual fog lights below. The rectangular mesh grilles have a GAZ logo and Chaika branding on the lower left side. The mirrors are placed on the hood, a typical vintage limousine design. The Chaika looks stretched out from the sides, which is evident from the 135.8-inch wheelbase and whopping 241-inches in length. The rear has a long boot with square taillights, and there is more prominent Chaika branding on the right.

As a four-door luxury car, the Chaika offered first-class interior build quality, and this was described through the rendered photos. The dashboard, door panels and center console are made of wood and genuine leather. The center console houses a drive selector and numerous buttons for controlling the radio. Additionally, the steering wheel is a huge piece of leather and frames the analog gauges. All seats have padded headrests, are fully upholstered in leather and look beautiful in brown.