• Watch Doug DeMuro Get Schooled in Soviet Cars By a 1988 GAZ 24-10

See what Doug thinks of this Soviet luxury sedan

If you are a motoring enthusiast and spend some time on YouTube binging on automotive content, there’s a good chance you’ve come across Doug DeMuro. For years, the YouTuber has been showcasing the quirks and features of some of the most interesting cars, ever made, as well as some pretty obscure stuff.

Watch Doug DeMuro Get Schooled in Soviet Cars By a 1988 GAZ 24-10
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This Soviet-built Volga GAZ 2410 is more on the obscure side of things, at least in North America. Among other things, the Volga basically shows the rigid nature of Communism, since the very 1970s-looking “luxury” vehicle was produced all the way to 1992 without any significant changes. Soviet cars are probably the biggest automotive rarity in North America since they were never officially imported, at least not in large quantities.

The development of this luxury (by Soviet standards) model began as early as 1961, drawing inspiration from American mid-size sedans.

Although some Western manufacturers also produced certain models for unusually long periods, they at least modernized them over the years. That wasn’t the case with the Soviet luxury sedan, since manufacturers had to ask the government for permission to refresh the model, which in this case, took a while. This meant that for over 20 years, even the engine stayed the same, and it wasn’t exactly a state-of-the-art unit, to begin with.

Watch Doug DeMuro Get Schooled in Soviet Cars By a 1988 GAZ 24-10
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For starters, it was carbureted, throughout the entire production run, from 1970 to 1992. It featured two valves per cylinder and produced a not very impressive 100 horsepower (74.6 kW) at 4,500 RPM and 134 pound-feet (182 Nm) at 2,600 RPM. Performance, as you probably have guessed, is not the best.

The car really emphasizes everything wrong with Communism and Doug DeMuro shows no mercy, describing the “quirks and features” of this very unusual-for-North-America vehicle. As you may guess, there certainly are many of them. So if you want to learn a bit about the Soviet automotive industry watch the video and be amazed, like Doug DeMuro was.

Dim Angelov
Dim Angelov
Born in 1992, I come from a family of motoring enthusiasts. My passion for cars was awoken at the age of six, when I saw a Lamborghini Diablo SV in a magazine. After high school I earned a master’s degree in marketing and a Master of Arts in Media and Communications. Over the years, I’ve practiced and become skilled in precision driving and to date have test driven more than 250 cars across the globe. Over the years, I’ve picked up basic mechanical knowledge and have even taken part in the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Type and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint. Lately, I’ve taken a fancy to automotive photography, and while modern cars are my primary passion, I also have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, war history, craft beer, historical weapons, and car restoration. In time, I plan my own classic car restoration and hope to earn my racing certificate, after which I expect to establish my own racing team.  Read full bio
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