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“We have been using Prestige Limousines for personal and business transportation for 25 years. Prestige Limousines has always provided stellar service in excellent vehicles with professional chauffeurs. We have referred ALL of our friends, family and business contacts to Prestige as well. How many business relationships last 25 years?”

- Craig Zinn Automotive Group President & CEO

“My family has grown up using Prestige Limousines for airport transfers, sea port transfers, nights out, concerts and sporting events. Prestige Limousines has done all of our weddings an has seen us through every prom, every graduation, every homecoming, every baby birth and even through a few amazing New Years’ Eves!”

- Charles Pero Pero Family Farms

“There really is no comparison between Prestige Limousines and all other limousine services in South Florida. Ray knows what we need and he gets it done like he is part of our organization. We never have any problems and we know that our clients and associates appreciate flawless service when they are in South Florida.”

- Patrice J Barocchi Affiliate Manager Worldwide Global Services

“For over 20 years, I wouldn’t think to call anyone else for ground transportation. Prestige Limousines is the best car service in South Florida.”

- Anita Detert Boca Raton

Prestige Limousines of Boca Raton, FL is the most reliable and reasonable limousine service I have ever used.
I can call them on a whim and they will always get me a car to take my wife and I just about anywhere.

We live in Mizner Country Club in Delray Beach, FL about a mile outside of Boca Raton and only use Prestige Limousines for all our needs.

Sincerely,

- Gino & Fran Maiale

I have been a client of Prestige Limousines, Inc. for more than ten years. Since the first trip with Prestige, they have always shown me excellent service. I travel internationally at least twice a month, usually out of Miami International Airport, and Prestige is always on point with exemplary
service.

Although I live in West Boca Raton, I know that residents of the City of Boca Raton would be very happy to be able to call Prestige Limousines their preferred limousine service. Prestige is not your usual ground transportation company. It is owned and managed by the Garcia family, who treat each passenger like a family member.

As they grow, clients grow with them and benefit along the way. I remember when Prestige Limousines was one limousine and one Town Car. As their business expands, they have the means to offer more services in the best quality vehicles in a more diverse fleet. I appreciate the non-smoking vehicles that they send me and I like that they always know who I am and ask me how I’m doing. I’m not just a name in their list of clients. You don’t find that level of service in most companies.

Please take the time to acknowledge this fine company and be proud to add them to Boca Raton’s roster of
transportation companies.

Thank you,

- Ron Bucher Director of Sales, Latin America Lasermax Roll Systems

As you are aware, my Law Firm, family, and I have been clients of Prestige Limousine (Prestige) for the past five plus years. During that time period I have found Prestige to be absolutely dependable, timely and consistently outstanding in the service provided. Sadly, I cannot make that statement as to other limousine services I have used or experienced in the past.
As a commercial litigator, I often find my travel plans or arrangements modified or changed at the last moment. On each and every such occasion, Prestige has been ready, willing and able to accommodate the changes. I find that cooperation to be invaluable when making business related travel plans.

In addition, Prestige and its employees have been consistently professional, polite, and courteous. As such, I wholeheartedly and without reservation endorse Prestige’s application for City of Boca Raton Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity. Prestige is a credit to the Boca Raton business community.

Very truly yours,

- Scott E. Simowitz

Boca Raton Limo Service | Luxury Transportation

Those that are looking for a reliable Boca Raton limo service can look no further than Prestige Limousines. For the last 30 years, we’ve been providing top-notch luxury transportation services for the residents and visitors of Boca Raton. Whether you need to be chauffeured to and from a funeral, a wedding, the airport, or just to do your daily errands, Prestige Limousines has you covered. Our entire fleet of vehicles at Prestige Limousines features all of the newest amenities and luxuries that are expected with luxury transportation and limo service. Additionally, enjoy elite customer service courtesy of our experienced and knowledgeable chauffeurs. When you want the highest quality limo service in Boca Raton, the choice is clear. Choose Prestige Limousines!

Boca Raton Limo Service & Luxury Transportation 

When it comes to traveling around Boca Raton and the surrounding areas in style, Prestige Limousines is your perfect choice. If you happen to be traveling to the Boca Raton area for business and need the best corporate car service, then look no further than Prestige Limousines. Since 1988 we have been the go-to corporate transportation solution for businesspeople in Boca Raton and throughout South Florida. Our corporate car and limo services will go above and beyond no matter the event you may be attending. When you travel, make sure you travel Prestige. Apart from being Boca Raton’s premier limo service, we also offer a number of different vehicles for luxury transportation. 

The Prestige Promise

Prestige Limousines understands how important it is for you to reach your destination on time. It is not a good look for you to travel all the way here for an engagement, only to be late because of a transportation issue. When you ride with Prestige, you will never have to worry about showing up late anywhere. That’s the Prestige Promise! We plan all of our corporate travel transports well in advance of your arrival. We will monitor your flight information along with traffic patterns on any given day. This allows us to map out the best possible route for your arrival to your destination with plenty of time to spare. Trust in the best limo service in Boca Raton and we won’t let you down!

Stretch Limo Service In Boca Raton 

If stretch limos are your style, you have come to the right place. Prestige Limousines has the most comfortable selection of stretch limo service in Boca Raton. For the classic stretch limo experience, we recommend our Lincoln Limo. Our classic stretch limousine fits 6 passengers comfortably, as well as 7 pieces of luggage. This makes it a perfect choice for trips to and from the airport. In addition, we also offer a Mercedes Sprinter Van Limo. This is a great choice for cruising the area or for a night out on the town with a group of people and always in style. Book a reservation with one of our stretch limousines or sprinter limos by calling us at (561) 451-2100 or contacting us online. 

Luxury Car Service In Boca Raton

Maybe you are not about the stretch limo life, we have a selection of luxury cars that might be right up your ally. Our most popular sedan is our beautiful, white 1953 stretched out De Soto. This car looks like it was ripped straight out of the movie The Godfather. In addition, we also have the fan-favorite Lincoln Towncar, which excels in comfort and luxury. If you just want to look clean when you pull up to the scene, our Luxury Car Service in Boca Raton is just the ticket. Book a reservation with one of our luxury sedans by calling us at (561) 451-2100 or contacting us online. 

Boca Raton SUV And Bus Service

Aside from our stretch limos and luxury cars, we have a fleet of SUVs and buses that can transport loads of people. We offer the spacious and powerful Chevy Tahoe that offers room for 5 along with our bigger options. From our Motor Coach that holds 60 people to our Party Bus or Mini Bus option which holds 28 people. These transportation options are perfect for weddings, sporting events, concerts, and parties with a large number of people in attendance. Similarly, both options have lots of space for luggage. Regardless of the purpose, you can rely on our Chevy Tahoes, vans or buses to get you and your friends from Point A to Point B in comfort and style.

Travel in Style while in Boca Raton

Style is what we are all about! Our fleet of limousines and luxury cars will not disappoint as they are in a class of their own. Wherever you go and whatever you do, make a statement with Prestige Limousines. Over the years, we’ve grown to learn that there is no “one size fits all” vehicle. If traveling alone or with a partner, we offer executive town cars to get you around South Florida. Larger parties may require an SUV, limousine, or executive van. We are even able to accommodate parties of 20 people or more, thanks to our fleet of buses and motor coaches. No matter how you travel or who you travel with, Prestige Limousines is there for you.

Corporate Travel

From the minute you book your reservation till the minute you fly back home, we ensure that Prestige Limousines will take care of your corporate travel needs. Guaranteed to arrive in style to any event, client meeting or engagement. While attending your event, your chauffeur will wait for you until you have finished. They will then take you back to your hotel, or wherever else you would like to venture. Our chauffeurs will inform you about the best restaurants, shops, clubs, bars or anything else you may want to know. They are happy to chauffeur you wherever you desire to go on a moment’s notice. If you have an upcoming need for corporate travel or limo service in Boca Raton, call Prestige Limousines at +1 (561) 451-4100 or visit our Contact page.

Daily Errands

Prestige Limousine is your top choice for luxury transportation. We offer limo services for corporate travel, daily errands, funerals, leisure travel, special events, proms, and weddings. No matter the event, we will get you and your guests there safely and on time. As you may know, South Florida and more specifically the Boca Raton area is a popular area for seniors and retirees alike. Many clients rely on our limo services in Boca Raton to accomplish their daily tasks. From grocery shopping or trips to the mall to doctor appointments and or family visits. Prestige Limousines offers safe and sound transportation to help you accomplish your daily errands.

Boca Raton Funeral Transportation

Here at Prestige Limousines, we know how difficult a time this can be for you. Which is why we will handle all of your funeral transportation needs and accommodations. As a veteran funeral transportation service, Prestige Limousines is well connected to several funeral homes and parlors. In addition, our expert team will work with both the grieving family and the funeral home of your choice to ensure everyone reaches their destination in a safe and timely manner. We will also coordinate the funeral procession and guarantee that it is executed smoothly and undisturbed. Funerals are a very difficult time for everyone involved, so why make it harder on yourself by worrying about transportation? Let the expert funeral transport team at Prestige Limousines make your life simpler.

Boca Raton Leisure Travel

If you are planning on visiting Boca Raton or the South Florida area for leisure, allow Prestige Limousines – the number one luxury car and limo service in Boca Raton – to assist with your luxury leisure travel needs. The last thing you want when planning a vacation is stress, as it’s the one thing you’re trying to get away from. Our expert team here at Prestige Limousines understands how much planning goes into your vacation. Therefore, we streamline the process of providing you with our leisure travel services. Whether flying into Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Miami International Airport, or Palm Beach International Airport, Prestige Limousines will be there waiting for you. We are here to ensure your stay is a memorable one from the moment you arrive.

Special Events Transportation in Boca Raton

South Florida is known for playing host to a variety of exciting and memorable events. You will find that there’s something for absolutely everyone. Special events range from the Miami International Boat Show, the Food And Wine Festival to the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Maybe attending a sporting event is more your speed, you can catch a Miami Marlins baseball game, a Miami Heat basketball game or a Miami Dolphins football game. Whether your event is located in Boca Raton or all the way to South Beach, Prestige Limousines is there to provide you with the best luxury transportation and limo service in Boca Raton. We have you covered with premier luxury transportation services capable of getting you to and from your event safely and on time.

Prom & Wedding Transportation in Boca Raton

The Boca Raton area is a gorgeous location to host any wedding, thanks to its stunning vistas and historic scenery. As the premier luxury transportation and limo service in Boca Raton, Prestige Limousine is able to offer prom and wedding transportation to any destination in the South Florida area. Before you get to experience your wedding, you will probably be going to your Senior Prom. What better way to impress your date than by showing up on their doorstep with a stretch limousine? We will take you and your date, as well as any other couples and friends to your prom’s location. While you’re enjoying food and fun at prom with your closest friends, your Prestige Limousine chauffeur will wait to either bring you home or take you to the afterparty. We assure parents that we’ll get their children to and from destinations safely and in a timely fashion.

Prestige Limousine Is The Premier Boca Raton Limo Service

At Prestige Limousines, we pride ourselves on being the number one Boca Raton limo service as well as the ability to deliver quality luxury vehicles and superior customer service locally and worldwide. Our fleet of luxury vehicles is second-to-none, with options to suit every occasion. Our staff is committed to ensuring that our client’s experience meets the highest level of professionalism and comfort. Count on the luxury transportation and limo services provided by Prestige Limousines in Boca Raton and throughout Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade counties. “THE ONLY WAY TO TRAVEL IS TO TRAVEL PRESTIGE.”

If you’d like to book a reservation with one of our luxury vehicles, give us a call at (561) 451-2100 or contact us online. 

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Very beautiful place for walking, shopping and good food. We were on Thanksgiving Day, a lot of couples with children. Many attractions worked. They brought real snow to the park and the children played it naked in flip flops. The queue to play in the snow for 2-3 hours. I advise you to have a good time.

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“A place where the nightlife is in full swing” 2016

Noisy bars, fashionable restaurants, parked supercars, fountains - everything is here. We were here on Saturday night and life was in full swing. A lot of young people, despite the abundance of police, no one was embarrassed to drink alcohol right on the street.

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Natalia

Moscow, Russia38 publications

Beautiful place for a walk

2016 • Family vacation

Very nice place for walking, shopping and good food. We were on Thanksgiving Day, a lot of couples with children. Many attractions worked. They brought real snow to the park and the children played it naked in flip flops. The queue to play in the snow for 2-3 hours. I advise you to have a good time.

Posted November 24, 2016

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Denis T

Nizhny Novgorod, Russia47 publications 2016 • With friends

Noisy bars, fancy restaurants, parked supercars, fountains - it's all here. We were here on Saturday night and life was in full swing. A lot of young people, despite the abundance of police, no one was embarrassed to drink alcohol right on the street.

Published February 18, 2016

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Kateryna D

Kyiv, Ukraine62 publications

Nice place for a leisurely walk to shops and cafes

March 2015 • With friends

Meisner Park is the one of a kind center of Boka.
There are many small shops with clothes, shoes, decor and utensils.
My favorite is the store, and at the same time, cooking courses. I don't remember the name. It is located at the very end of Meizner near the museum. On the right side, if you look at the museum.
The workshops there are very interesting: cooking ravioli, dim sum, foie gras and other delicacies.
All materials and tools you get on the spot. An hour of cooking under the strict guidance of the chef, and then you all eat the creations together.
Very tasty and fun.
But such pleasure costs $70.

Published December 15, 2015

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lg2049

Moscow, Russia53 publications

Rich America

Nov. 2014

This plaza is the standard of wealthy America in the 10s-20s of the XX century. Luxurious boutiques, a five-star hotel, two excellent restaurants - Italian and a steak with jack-parking and all in the same style. High!

Published October 26, 2015

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Irina B

Perm, Russia33 publications

Boca Raton Center

July 2015 • Family fun

Great place for everything - we go to restaurants or just ice cream parlor, IPic cinema, Starbucks , n small shopping; sometimes we just walk by the fountains. Beautiful, peaceful, central location in Boca Raton.

Published July 18, 2015

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52Sofia

Moscow, Russia80 publications

Boca Raton Center

March 2015 • With friends

Meizner Park is located in the center of Boca Raton. Unlike the central places in other cities, you will not meet young people here often. The main audience is strolling adults and the elderly. The same is true in institutions. Expensive parked cars speak of belonging to a certain status of this very audience. Very calm and nice surroundings.

Published May 11, 2015

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Too_Much_Of

Hollywood, FL7 posts

Great weekend getaway

Aug. 2014 • With friends

The family is delighted: we got to an exhibition of paintings by local artists, then we had a wonderful lunch and seafood. And later the organizers organized a show on the street. Nice place, inexpensive and ample parking.

Published December 10, 2014

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Max

Moscow36 publications

Great place for walking in the evening

2012 • Family holidays

Pleasant atmosphere, there are benches for rest. Awesome ice cream in luxury icecream. Valet parking is paid, and if you turn into a lane behind the buildings that run along the park, you can park for free in a huge multi-storey parking lot.

Published October 1, 2012

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Hialeah73

Miami, FL651 Publication

Get Ready to Climb Outdoor Specialty Center

Aug. 2017 • Family Vacation

Great place to see showcases a lot to see along the way. Very open and strange. Lots of specialty shops and restaurants to keep everyone happy. Parking can be a bit of a problem, but if you're parking to go to one of the restaurants, it's easy, and if not, you'll find a garage and you're held back there.

Published August 5, 2017

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Mary Jane S

Pompano Beach, FL26 publications

Shopping

June 2017 • For two

Went there for shopping. Large selection of Restaurants in the area and in the center. Parking and park on your own. Very good shopping experience, with all upscale stores. Nice to shop around here on a nice day.

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Published August 3, 2017

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  • Soviet limousines - History of Soviet limousine construction ). The prototype of the first Soviet limousine was the American car brand - Buick. At a meeting in the People's Commissariat of Heavy Industry on July 20, 1932, the manager of the All-Union Automobile and Tractor Association, Sergei Dyakonov, set the task for the Krasnoputilovsky plant in Leningrad to begin production of the "Soviet Buick".

    Back in 1926, during the all-Union motor rally from Moscow to the Crimea, cars of this brand passed all the tests with dignity, and the Soviet-American trading company Am-torg regularly bought Buick. For production, they adopted the largest and most powerful model - Buick 32-90 (Fig. 1).

    The prototype of the first Soviet limousine - Buick-32-90 (1931-1933 of release)

    It was planned to produce 20,000 cars a year, but by May 1, 1933, only six cars were assembled, which received the name "Leningrad-1", or simply L-1. The first Soviet limousine (L-1) had a 105 horsepower eight-cylinder engine, thermostat, superb carburetor, double-acting shock absorbers, brake booster and many other elements (Fig. 2).

    The company failed to meet its obligations. During the rally, L-1s often broke down for a banal reason - due to a low production culture. As a result, "Red Putilovets" was reoriented to the production of tractors and tanks, and the completion of the L-1 by order of the People's Commissariat for Heavy Industry was transferred from Leningrad to Moscow to the Stalin Plant (ZIS).

    6 copies of the L-1 were produced, which were used only in Leningrad and were lost after the blockade.

    The first Soviet limousine Leningrad-1 (L-1) - 1933g. release

    at the plant. Stalin in Moscow, the designers did not copy the Buick, but went along the path of creating their own car based on its design solutions. From the design, in particular, such dubious - difficult to manufacture and not distinguished by reliability - components, such as automatic clutch control, remote adjustment of shock absorbers, were eliminated. The frame and chassis were reinforced for use in the road conditions of the USSR, which also required their processing.

    Nevertheless, the basis of the design of the ZIS 101 is still much from the Buick of the 1932-34 models. The 1934 Buick featured advanced technology in a number of ways. The in-line "eight" Fireball 8 of a then rare design - with a gas distribution mechanism OHV (push rods and rocker arms, overhead valves) with a capacity of 105 horsepower. Kinematically perfect double wishbone independent suspension with coil springs at the front. Whereas behind the usual continuous bridge - on longitudinal springs. The architecture is classic: the engine is in the front, the drive wheels are in the rear. A body with hinged doors was mounted on a spar frame (rear doors with a “suicidal” hitch). Ease of boarding and disembarking in the back row of seats. All these advanced technical innovations at that time were used in the ZIS 101. (Fig. 3.)

    Soviet limousine ZIS 101 - 1937 issue

    The first prototypes (two cars) were made in the spring of 1936, April 29, 1936 in the Kremlin, the prototypes were shown to the Secretary of the Central Committee of the All-Union Communist Party of Bolsheviks I. V. Stalin. Conveyor assembly of Soviet limousines ZIS 101 began in January 1937.

    Unlike the later ZILs, the ZIS-101 (as well as the later ZIS-110) served not only senior party and government officials, but also ordinary citizens. Of course, there could be no talk of selling for personal use in those years (although the ZIS-101 could be won in the lottery). But in the large cities of the USSR, representative ZIS models, reliable Soviet limousines, were widely used as taxis on long routes.

    Soviet limousine ZIS 110 - 1946 releasePrototype ZIS 110 - American Packard 180, 1942. issue

    ZIS-110 became the first car in the USSR with independent front wheel suspension, a sealed engine cooling system, the car chassis was equipped with anti-roll bars front and rear. For the first time after the AMO-2 car, a hydraulic brake drive was used.

    The car with the chassis and appearance of a Packard and the body of a Buick (which actually was a Cadillac) despite such a complex origin turned out to be solid, beautiful, architecturally finely balanced. She embodied the quintessence of advanced (then American) automotive experience. On this car, a three-speed gearbox shift lever on the steering column, unusual for the Soviet automotive industry of that time, was used, as well as hydraulic valve lifters and a hypoid main gear, which provided the 110th with a quiet ride, independent front wheel suspension, electro-hydraulic windows, radio receiver. In addition, an efficient heating and ventilation system provided coziness and comfort during the trips of the first persons of the state. In general, the car gave the impression of technical perfection, a combination of boundless solidity with a monumental appearance, which was what the Main Customer wanted.

    Soviet limousine phaeton - ZIS 110B (manufactured in 1949-1957)

    In the Soviet Union, limousines were produced mainly for government needs and were nicknamed "member carriers" by the people. The only exception was the GAZ-12 ZIM (Fig. 7) , which was a GAZ-M20 Pobeda enlarged to the size of an executive car, although by American standards it is an ordinary full-size car with a limousine interior squeezed into its body. "People's" Soviet limousines GAZ-12 ZIM were mainly official cars, and also made up most of the capital's fleet. Soviet GAZ-12 ZIM limousines fell into private hands already at a reduced price, being decommissioned and having served their warranty period.

    "People's" Soviet limousine GAZ-12 ZIM (1949-1959 production)

    In 1955, GAZ began work on the modernization of the GAZ-12. In 1955, a prototype was created at GAZ-e - GAZ-12V (it is also known under the designation ZIM-12V). It already bore the name "Seagull" and had a decorative detail on the radiator grille in the form of a characteristic wing profile of this bird. However, time passed, and it soon became clear that the style of the car was hopelessly outdated, external modernization would no longer be able to significantly modernize it. Therefore, work on the new car began from scratch. Initially, the project was developed under two slogans - "Seagull" and "Arrow", as a result, the first one was chosen

    The official start date for the production of GAZ-13 "Chaika" (Fig. 8) was January 16, 1959, but in fact the first cars were assembled on stocks in the autumn of 1958. The first cars produced had a number of minor differences from subsequent ones, like something else the location of the inscription "Seagull" on the back.

    The best Soviet limousine GAZ-13 Chaika (1959-1981)

    Limousine GAZ-13 Chaika, produced in 1959-1981, was intended exclusively for official use. "Seagull" was used by the first secretaries of regional committees, heads of republican departments and largest enterprises, ministers. Single copies were donated to such famous people as Yuri Gagarin (1934-1968) and Mikhail Sholokhov (1905-1984). For everyone else, it was an impossible dream. "The Seagull" is often called the most beautiful Soviet-made car. Looking at her, it's hard not to agree with that. It is not surprising that in large cities the decommissioned "Seagulls" were transferred to the Wedding Palaces and used as wedding cars.

    Wedding Soviet limousine GAZ-13 "Chaika" - Rear view

    GAZ-13 "Chaika" was equipped with a 195-horsepower engine, which was used in armored personnel carriers. Among the advantages of the GAZ-13 is an automatic transmission and the ability to raise and lower the antenna and windows with a simple push of a button.

    Soviet limousines of the "Brezhnev" era

    The next era of the Soviet limousine industry began with the coming to power of Leonid Brezhnev (1906–1982). Leonid Ilyich was a great connoisseur of cars, especially foreign ones, but at the same time he advocated the creation of domestic models. Therefore, already in 1967, the ZIL-114 appeared, which became the standard of the Soviet executive car and was then called the visiting card of the country (Fig. 10) .

    The 6.3 meter long body, strong frame and very good suspension ensured a smooth ride never before seen - for this reason several special vehicle variants were handed over to leading film studios as camera vehicles. The 300 horsepower engine made it one of the fastest government cars in the world. A total of 113 specimens were collected.

    Executive Soviet limousine ZIL-114 - 1967 release.

    The car had strict and harmonious forms. Large dimensions in length and low height made the car elongated, swift. It was with the series "114" - "117" that ZIL began to move away from direct copying of the American style, elements of which could be seen in previous models.

    The Likhachev plant produced several types of limousines for the highest range - ZIL-114, ZIL-117 and ZIL-4104. By the way, for a long time it was the ZIL-41047 limousine ( Fig.11) was the longest production passenger car in the world: overall length - 6339 mm. Today, ZIL limousines are sometimes used as escort vehicles, and Chaikas have become a fashionable rarity and are often used as wedding and holiday limousines.

    Executive Soviet limousine ZIL-41047. Start of production - 1985.

    Stalin's armored limousine

    Of the Soviet limousines, most of the legends were created about Stalin's armored cars. The first armored car of the highest class for the Soviet party and government elite was built at the end of 1940s at the Stalin Automobile Plant, later renamed the Likhachev Plant.

    Armored car ZIS-115 (Fig. 12), , which originally had the ZIS-110S index, was prepared in 1946-1947. Such limousines, according to various estimates, were made about 40 copies. The weight of this monster is impressive - 7,300 kg, while the engine power is only 162 hp. with fuel consumption - 27.5 liters per 100 km.

    Stalin's limousine, ZIS-115 (1948)

    The ZIS-115 was equipped with a special armor system - an armored capsule: the protection was a single shell of armor, sheathed on the outside with body panels. The production of these cases was strictly individual. On each, even the smallest part of the body, the car number was stamped. Armor for the ZIS-115 was previously fired at the training ground.

    The cars were assembled in a special box of the ZIL car assembly shop with a separate access system. The side windows in the doors were 75 mm thick and weighed almost a centner. Their rise is carried out with the help of hydraulic jacks, and the descent is carried out with a special lamb. In addition to conventional door locks, both rear and right front doors are equipped with chains to ensure that they cannot be accidentally opened while driving. A distinctive feature of the interior of this car from the base model ZIS-110 is the absence of a glass partition between the driver's seat and the passenger compartment.

    Stalin's armored limousine ZIS-115 (vehicle weight 7,300 kg)

    Suspicious Stalin never used the same car. License plates were constantly changing, which were installed only at the rear. None of the drivers of the Kremlin Garage of Special Purpose knew which car Iosif Vissarionovich would drive today. And just before leaving the Kremlin, Stalin used to change his route, starting with which gate the motorcade would go through - he decided this himself, literally at the last minute before leaving.

    After the death of the leader, no one used his cars - during the "thaw" it was irrelevant: Nikita Sergeevich Khrushchev liked to show off in public in a cabriolet, and Stalin's armored cars are a thing of the past. Several cars were donated to the leaders of the communist parties of the countries of the socialist camp. And most of these unique cars were destroyed. Now, according to the most daring estimates, less than eight cars remain alive.

    Restoration of one of the ZIS-115 cars from Stalin's garage

    After the collapse of the USSR, the automotive industry in Russia fell into decline and viable new models practically did not appear. If something else is produced and is in demand at VAZ, then the Gorky Automobile Plant, apart from Gazelles, cannot boast of anything. A series of passenger cars reached in 2005 the number GAZ-31107 "Volga", which few people remember now.

    For us, the GAZ-31105 "Volga " model is interesting (Fig. 15) - a Russian passenger car that was mass-produced from 2004 to 2009. These cars are still made to order in the factory studio of the Gorky Automobile Plant. In fact, the "105th" is an improved version of the GAZ-3110. Since the summer of 2006, the American DOHC 2.4L Daimler Chrysler engine with a power of 137 hp has been installed on the Volga.


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