Old Car Land in Ukraine

Like nothing you’ve ever seen before.

Old Car Land Ukraine

As car and bike lovers we couldn’t ask for anything better than being based in California – the epicenter of car culture with year-round great weather and events.

We’ve been to a lot of car and bike shows over the years and while fresh ideas and new builders always seem to appear out of thin air, we always kind of know what to expect. This has led us to wonder what’s happening elsewhere in the world and this year we’re broadening our horizons and covering more events outside of the US.
Old Car Land Ukraine
This past weekend we were in Kiev, Ukraine for the annual Old Car Land show at the Ukraine State Aviation Museum. Kiev is the capital of Ukraine, a country still fighting it’s way out from behind the old iron curtain. Much of the population is torn between embracing modern Western culture and clinging to the old ways but Kiev is the most modern city here and there is a strong interest in American culture and all things once forbidden.
Old Car Land Ukraine
It is hard to even imagine living in a country where car culture was once considered decadent and bourgeois and officially denounced, but if you can it makes experiences like this quite incredible.
Harley Davidson Ukraine
Once a year local car and bike lovers assemble for ‘Old Car Land’, a celebration of all things that go. Here that includes everything from Russian scooters to all manner of military vehicles.
Old Car Land Scooters
Every vehicle here is an incredible display of love and passion as their restoration and maintenance is not easily accomplished.
Old Car Land Vaz
Some of the most interesting cars were the Soviet copy-cat cars like the Gaz-13 “Chaika” seen below. Russia had been “borrowing” American designs since 1932 when they developed a car identical to the Ford Model A. This one is clearly a copy of the mid-50s Packard. Apparently Stalin was fond of Packards. These were used by the elite party members.

Gaz-13 Packard
Gaz-13 Chaika

The Moskvich-402 with styling cues from Opel and Ford.
Moskvich-402
Moskvich-402

On the streets of Kiev you will still see lots of Ladas. The VAZ-2101 “Lada” was the original, built under a deal with Fiat to reproduce the 1966 Car of the Year Fiat 124 in Russia. These were built for 18 years.
VAZ-2101 Lada
VAZ-2101 Lada

After WWII Stalin tore down and moved the Opel factory to Russia to build the 1939 Opel Kadett as the “Moskvich 400”.
Moskvich 400
Moskvich 400

Jawa Motorcycle
Jawa Motorcycle

Trump Tower
Overheard 2 fellows joking that this looked like ‘Trump Tower’…

Invalidka
Microcar for disabled people “invalidka”

Kübelwagen interior
Kübelwagen interior
Waffen-SS Kübelwagen
Waffen-SS Kübelwagen designed by Ferdinand Porsche.

Ukrainian Chevies
Bet you’ve never seen a Chevy Lumina roped off at a car show before.

Russian Motorcycles

Swap meet scores
Swap meet scores
Nazi picnic
These guys had an entire Nazi picnic area set up.
IZH Jupiter
IZH Jupiter, a 350cc 2-stroke made by Kalashnikov, famous also for the AK-47.

We are certainly not any kind of authority on Soviet or military vehicles so if you recognize any of these please leave comments below. Everything we saw was fascinating and we were only scratching the surface of this wild scene.


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