I bow my knee before this Lady.
Yestureday I met this beautiful car on the street in Perm.
The first Volga model was originally developed as a replacement for the very successful GAZ-M20 Pobeda mid-size car which was produced since 1946. However despite its design in form of chassis and body styling, the rapid evolution of the latter in the 1950s already caused Soviet designers in 1951 to put forward a project for its eventual replacement. In 1952 two parallel projects were set up by GAZ: Zvezda ("Star"), which was a futuristic fastback with panoramic windows and large tailfins, and Volga with more conventional styling, which was more realistically suited for the production realities of the 1950s.
By the spring of 1954 the Volga prototypes were being actively tested. The new car introduced a range of additions and advantages over the Pobeda; in addition to being bigger, it had single panoramic forward and rear windscreens, a larger four-cylinder overhead-valve engine, central lubrication of the main chassis elements, hypoidal rear axle and automatic hydromechanical gearbox.
The car's external design was made by Lev Yeremeev and largely influenced by Western vehicles of the same period, American in particular. Internal design, however, was mostly independent, with an exception for the automatic transmission that was developed from the 3-speed Ford-O-Matic.
After thorough testings of the car, which lasted for a further two years, in which several changes were accommodated for, GAZ finally launched the first pre-production batch left GAZ on 10 October 1956. These were used in much publicised promotion drives across the whole Soviet Union where they notched up to 29 thousand kilometres. In 1957 more larger batches were produced and the conveyor came operational in late 1957.
There were three different models of this generation:
'56 Volga - now usually referred to as the "first series" - came into serial production in 1957 and initially had modified Pobeda's flathead 65 hp engine, as the planned overhead-valve 70 hp ZMZ-21 was prepared for serial production only in summer of 1957. The first series of the M-21 Volga was produced right up to November 1958 during which across 30 thousand such cars were assembled. Today they remain the rarest version of the car, and are highly desirable for car collectors.
'58 Volga - the so called "second series" - was introduced in the fall of 1958, the most visible change was the front grille where horizontal chromed bars with a star were replaced by a 16-slit vertical grille, thus earning it the nickname akula ("shark"). Front styling of the "second series" almost mimicked 1954 and 1955 prototypes. Other changes included the shape of the front fenders with raised wheel arches, parking and tail lights. In 1959-1960 minor changes were made to the car's underbody and equipment.
'62 Volga - the so called "third series" - was introduced in 1962 and incorporated many external changes, as well as interior and technical improvements. This model was produced with minor modernizations up to July 15, 1970. After 1965 the model was officially named GAZ-21, instead of GAZ-M-21.
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Nicou (144332) 2011-06-21 2:47
fantastique cadrage de cette vieille voiture, comme elle est belle t rutilant, superbe les chormes, le cadrage par dessous, splendide.
bravo et amitié
snunney (100816) 2011-06-21 2:54
A superb composition of this lovely old lady that has no doubt covered thousands of kilometres of road. I like very much the low viewpoint and the excellent colours and sharpness.
Nolme (6829) 2011-06-21 3:47
Super présentation de ce modèle. On voit combien elle est entretenue par son propriétaire pour le plaisir des yeux.
J'aimerai entendre son moteur
nobuikehonda (3848) 2011-06-21 4:58
Thank you very much for your very generous review. I have just looked through your photo-gallery and found many beautiful collection of photos. I wanted comment on the sunset one, But the latest one is first. I love old cars. And she is in an immaculate condition. I also like the low angle shot. From here she looks very proud to be photographed by you. The image quality is a top class clarity. And the background blue sky matches well with the light blue color of the car. All the details are so well captured, it has very good POV indeed. I like the fact that the wheels are turned to the right just slightly. It is a absolutely livery photo of her. TFS
Very best regards,
Nobu Japonsky !
francio64 (39888) 2011-06-21 5:06
bel portrait di questa anziana lady :-))
Nonostante la sua età, porta bene i suoi anni.
Sarà merito del trucco? :-))
siamesa (28121) 2011-06-21 5:44
Bom dia Serghei
Congratulations for your joy for seeing this beautiful car.
Very well registered.Superb photo.
Maybe you are right in to bow your knees.
RhodieIke (11744) 2011-06-21 11:35
Hi Serghei, Super photo of a super car, very interesting note,love your low angle and the super colour's, Cheers Iain.
PJE (20758) 2011-06-21 21:48
Serghei from this low angled perspective you have made this car look very important...and large inside the frame. I love the clarity and shiny reflections...very nice capture indeed.
rodgerg (55767) 2011-06-22 3:06
POV very original, very well selected and especially very efficience for the presnettaion of this beautiful old car. Superb managment of light too with the blue (and the reflections) which arise.
erhan1958 (15717) 2011-06-22 4:33
this is really a beautiful lady
I would like to have her
Robert1969 (7160) 2011-06-22 6:14
De mooie lage standpunt en heerlijke verdeling maakt de auto groter en stoerder, maar zorgt er ook voor dat de achtergrond geminimaliseerd wordt.
De hele mooie belichting zorgt ervoor dat elk detail te bewonderen is.
Samengevat: knap fotowerk.
raszid62 (18515) 2011-06-22 7:23
Какой прекрасный и впечатляющий автомобиль. на территории бывшего социалистического блока является брендом Волга автомобиль считался воплощением роскоши и автомобильной техники. Лучший вид на низких POV, великий цвета и резкости.
bema (26425) 2011-06-22 7:26
really a lovely old lady in an extraordnary condition and outfit.. great colors and perfect sharpness and pov, too..
thanks for sharing this one, see you around, greetings Bernd
vasilpro (41551) 2011-06-22 8:15
Beautiful old car, excellent low POV, lovely light and colors, very good clarity and sharpness, TFS!
Have a nice evening, Vasilis.
lakshmip1949 (19081) 2011-06-23 4:30
What a classic composition of this lovely car. Love the color and details. The car is so shiny, I can even see the reflections. Lovely color too. Great image.
siolaw (38292) 2011-06-23 4:41
The ground level POV gives a strong visual impact to the car! Good angle too. Bright colours too and strong sharpness.
gmg (4202) 2011-06-23 8:42
Beautiful oldie! I like the low POV and how the car colour matches with the sky
baddori (20151) 2011-06-23 23:05
Ottima foto e nota ...interessante.
Queste auto ...in Russia presenti come la "fiat 124" fabbricata a Togliattigrad erano "anonime in un occidente ...che cambiava continuamente .
Avere una "volga" adesso ristrutturata .
Spero che faccia tendenza tra gli appassionati di "vintage" automobilismo .
danos (99271) 2011-06-24 7:40
very nice the POV with the first Volga model to be in a great condition. I imagine that his owner would be pround for it. Informative your note as the excellent presentation.
Have a good afternoon,Danos
Bluejeans (64251) 2011-06-25 2:16
Ola Serghei ,
Que beleza esta carro bem antigo está em muito bom estado , gostei muito dos seus cromados , bonitos reflexos , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
siudzi (34141) 2011-06-26 2:24
Wow! What a great shot of this beautiful old car! Excellent point of view has been chosen to provide us with such a interesting sight. Bravo!
jemaflor (98793) 2011-06-28 12:11
Good choice for this angle, good result, original, lovely old car, great brightness.
InasiaJones (31566) 2011-06-28 19:58
A very cool car taken from a cooler angle, bringing a dramatic perspective and lots of impact.
Good colour and shiny glares.