For someone of Russian heritage, my diecast collection has been strangely devoid of any Russian/Soviet cars.... UNTIL NOW!

Got myself a 1:43 ZiL 112S by DeAgostini. Found it last night and was going to pass seeing as how all the models were in Russia and I didn't feel like paying almost as much for the shipping as for the car. But then I found one in the US. Still wasn't convinced enough to buy it, until I saw that it was located in Warren, MI - maybe 10 minutes from where I live in Royal Oak. I asked the seller if I could swing by to pick it up and not pay shipping if I bought it, and the positive answer was enough for me to push the Buy It Now button. Getting it on Thursday.

And before everyone starts saying that the Soviets ripped off the Shelby Cobra, I'd like to point out that this predates the iconic roadster by about 2 years. That said, I wouldn't be surprised if they were building this to go up against the roadster Shelby based his creation on - the AC Ace, probably with stolen technical information.

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The ZiL 112S was powered by a 230hp 6 liter V8 which was able to push the 2,932lb sports car to a top speed of 162mph. Not too shabby considering the 427 (7 liter) Cobra's top speed 4 years later was 164mph. The Cobra was 600lbs lighter though.