Russian Motor Vehicles
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Despite being a distinctly bourgeois product, Stalin recognized that he needed limousines for state occasions, visiting diplomats and government officials. Reluctant to waste valuable foreign currency on vehicles from abroad, he ordered the development of the Leningrad L-1 during the first five-year plan of 1928-1932. This unique automotive history charts the development of Soviet limousines from these beginnings up to the last model produced in 2003 and also explores the Chinese cars developed with Russian assistance in the late 1950s.