Sunday 8 September 2013
After unsuccessful tests with the prototype ZIL-Moscow in 1956 the ZIL-111 was introduced from ZIL in 1958. The styling was inspired by the mid-1950s Packard, a United States automobile manufacturer. It was powered by a 6.0 L V8 engine producing 200 hp (150 kW) connected to an automatic transmission (a copy of Chrysler's PowerFlite) giving a top speed of 170 km/h (106 mph).
Apart from a basic version ZiL-111, there was produced ZiL-111A with air conditioning (it had a smaller and flatter rear window due to air tubes) and convertible ZiL-111V (ЗиЛ-111В in Russian, only 12 made).
In December 1962 the car was restyled and it was available both as sedan ZiL-111G (example pictured below right) and convertible ZiL-111D (only 8 made). The front styling of this car very closely resembled the U.S. Cadillac from 1961-62, and out back it had dual-unit taillights resembling an early-Sixties Mercury. For U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower's visit, E. Molchanov designed a special version. A minibus version called ZiL-118 Yunost (Youth) was also developed, on factory's own initiative, but only 20 were built because of a lack of interest of government.
As a rule, the ZiL-111 was available only for members of the Politburo. In 1958-1967 only 112 of all models were made, in this only 26 ZiL-111G.
- engine: V8
- capacity: 5980 cc
- horsepower: 200 HP
- gearbox: 3+1
- top speed: 170 km/h