The Russian GAZ-M20 Pobeda
1939 ZiS 101A Sport Coupe
Built on the chassis of a seven-seater limousine, the one-and-only ZiS-101A Sport Coupe was built by the Soviet VMS factory. “One and only” is quite literal because there was only one single Sport Coupe built.
The car was called the most powerful and most beautiful pre-war Soviet car ever. It sported a front mounted straight-8 engine producing 141-hp to the rear wheels, 3-speed manual transmission, and had a top speed of 100mph.
But like so many other great cars, this one disappeared during WWII never to be seen again. Collectors and historians have been in search of it since the war, but so far, no sign. It may have been destroyed, nobody knows.
So a group of impatient enthusiasts banded together to build a replica Sport Coupe from the ground up (seen in olive green) using the only information they had, photos and technical drawings of the car like the ones seen above.