By on February 22, 2017

ZIL-4112R Limousine

Do you enjoy luxury? Do you like prestige and exclusivity of the highest order? How about leather, wood, and lighted barware? Well, it’s all available to you today, and you don’t even have to visit Trump Tower.

Our last Rare Ride was a surprisingly tasteful and discrete Hurst/Oldsmobile Intrigue 442. For this Rare Rides entry, I wanted to find something a little less subtle. I had an image in my head: attending the finest embassy function this side of Dubai in a vehicle that would also be suitable for conducting a dockside black caviar business deal.

And Hemmings delivered.

ZIL-4112R Limousine

The superb automobile which just made you covetous is the ZIL-4112R. This very vehicle was designed in the heart of Russia, to suit the demands of President Vladimir Putin.

ZIL-4112R Limousine

The only one of its kind, it was built by two divisions of ZIL: Depot ZIL and AMO ZIL. Presumably one company designed the roof and the other did the body, as they bear very little relation to one another.

ZIL-4112R Limousine

Swing open the barn doors, however, and the interior design is another thing altogether. An utterly harmonious blend of beige leather and precious wood trim, according to the listing. It would appear the limousine seats four persons of the highest dignity.

ZIL-4112R Limousine

But wait! At the press of a button, two more seats reveal themselves from the generous wood-clad centerboard, allowing six patrons of the Party to travel in style, should the owner trust two additional comrades with such close proximity.

ZIL-4112R Limousine

Lighted crystal decanters display and house the finest cognac, should a passenger desire such refreshment. If the need arises during the journey, executive orders can be signed on one of the polished tray tables.

ZIL-4112R Limousine

The fairly paid driver of this conveyance will dictate travel from up front, where an integrated shift lever has been embedded in a solid plank of rare wood.

ZIL-4112R Limousine

Complex jeweled headlamp assemblies light the way ahead, in case any of the proletariat wander into the road in a state of wonderment after sighting such a proud 8,300-pound conveyance. The ad copy sums up the vehicle in a way your humble author cannot:

Its properties and user comfort is superior to all known today similar models, including the Cadillac, Rolls-Royce and Maybach. Incomparable to anything softness and smooth ride. Verily royal luxury.

It’s yours for $1,200,000 (OBO).

[Images via Hemmings]

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81 Comments on “Rare Rides: A Luxurious Limo Built to Please Putin...”


  • avatar
    Lou_BC

    Will it stop an RPG?

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    This ZIL excudes a 28 level of Broughamatic opulence. Where is my checkbook?

  • avatar
    twotone

    Those ugly knockoff wheels need to go!

    I saw a few of the original ZIL limos when I lived in Moscow during the early to late 1990’s — pretty massive and impressive vehicles up close.

    This thing looks like a1970’s Lincoln Continental roof welded to a 2000’s Lincoln Town Car. Pretty hideous.

    I’d buy it just to park near the White House Monday – Friday and in front of Trump Tower on the weekends.

    Not sure if the “seller” really owns it or if Russia would let it be exported. Maybe Putin is getting short of cash.

    • 0 avatar
      paxman356

      Putin is probably one of the richest people in the world. I don’t think he’s hurting for money.

      • 0 avatar
        DeadWeight

        He has an rough estimate of 300 to 500 billion in net worth, but does not know if he can safely retire with his wealth intact, as it’s a complete byproduct of State Owned Enterprise graft that drunkard and incompetent Boris Yeltsin let be looted during and after the disintegration of the former Soviet Union.

        Yeltsin made off with a huge sum, too, and needed a completely loyal successor to ensure that Yeltsin would not be prosecuted and imprisoned (or worse); Putin was the guy who pledged such loyalty and cleverly earned Yeltsin’s trust.

        It is ironic that thus far, it is believed that Putin literally can’t step down as he has yet to find such a similarly loyal lieutenant to succeed him.

  • avatar
    GeneralMalaise

    car is good, no?

  • avatar
    dividebytube

    So Russian. It looks like an extended Lada.

  • avatar
    Corey Lewis

    I also want someone to identify for me whose steering wheel they’re using. I’m thinking old Mercedes but I can’t be sure.

  • avatar
    Zackman

    What, exactly, is “rare wood”? TREES = WOOD. Plant trees, you have wood. Plant special trees, you have special wood.

    Issue solved.

    I hope Vlad learns to keep his shirt on – I don’t care how good of shape someone is in – if you’re over 35-40, wearing no shirt is an ugly sight!

    The car is pretty cool, though. Like to see it up close. I wonder if those barn doors rattle over any road? Unfortunately, those headlight assemblies are rather awful-looking.

  • avatar
    DeadWeight

    Great – GREAT – article, Corey!

    Regardless as to one’s positions & opinions on the Crimea-Ukraine-Russia situation, and the flaring up of old-school (and I’d argue vestigial, needless, parasites, be they neocons or paleolibs, such as McStain, Schumer – he’s hard to categorize concisely given his inherent, incredible hypocrisies -, Graham, Adam Schiff, the “intellectual brain trust of Kristol, Perle, Wolfowitz, Feith – ha ha -, et al., or the M-I-C milk-the-breast-of-taxpayers-until-nipples-bleed Defense Contractor/Arms Builder/Consultant-Think Tank Row along the D.C.-Virginia-Maryland Beltway), one has not been a boss man until they have a ride like this, along with a Spetznatz-level security team along for the ride.

    I really would be a genuine, benevolent dictator. I’d make sure American Children, who are getting the shaft BIG TIME (they can’t vote, hence 1 in 4.4 of them live well below the poverty line, and they can’t even get a measly ($1.10 at cost, including milk) school lunch for free in many areas – often the only substantive nutrition they receive for long stretches of the year – while we launch missiles that cost 22 million dollars each at caves (the new Navy Rail Gun has ammunition (LRAP) that costs $800,000 TO $1,100,000 per round), and a criminally laughable Joint Strike Fighter program – * Fighter plane cost overruns detailed. The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is $163 billion OVER budget, seven years behind schedule, and has un-fixable problems (it can only win war game exercises against Russian aircraft if the game is literally rigged; it’s a plane flawed from design inception, that none of the branches wanted, and literally can’t function properly even after hundreds of revisions, including dozens of major ones).

    Our nation has gone off the crazy train.

    • 0 avatar
      28-Cars-Later

      Hire me as Robespierre and I will show you change you can believe in.

      • 0 avatar
        Lou_BC

        @28 – Robespierre and ISIS both like their opponents to stick out their necks.

        Judas Priest has your anthem ;)

        DeadWeight for POTUS and @28-Cars for Chief of Staff.

    • 0 avatar
      Zackman

      DW, I think what you are trying to say beneath your ranting, is that the ZIL isn’t a Cadillac.

      • 0 avatar
        28-Cars-Later

        This ZIL is closer to being a Cadillac than any Cadillac is at the moment.

        • 0 avatar
          DeadWeight

          While Cadillac markets a SoHo-Hipster autonomous lifestyle to vehicle indifferent Millennials and builds total scrap, and Buick imports 100% Chinese parts-content and Chinese-assembled Envisions to North America (and Cadillac is preparing to launch Cruze, Equinox and even Encore-based vehicles “Standard Of The World” style – as if the POS 4-banger ATS, CTS and now CT6 disposable, self-grenading appliances aren’t insult enough –

          DA!

          • 0 avatar
            Corey Lewis

            Freinds..

            I was thinking, and each time there is a new example of a Prime President of Communism or such appointed officiants, he will always order an Excellence Vehicle like what you are seeing to up above here.

            So, when the Internal Company makes the car, usually they will make a special efforts – like with engine(s), drivetrain(s), power buttons, wood panel from exclusive Precious Forest (I had curiousity so I looked at this term on Google’s. Only resulting was some kind of cabins, maybe there is cabin wood in cars’ cabins) and design with integrity and square angles like so.,

            Anyway, I wanted to inscribe here to tell not to worry about invasions of the cars from this Country or neighbor’s countrie’s, because I think “Hey Grango, it’s not often there is a Northern America who would buy so many of the cars’, just remember to check the history of Yugo, and other communist car co’s like a AMC!” –Now, such a car co is only a movie theatre, ha ha !

            Best Limosuine’s Regards,

            Grango Relago

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            Grango me freind!

          • 0 avatar
            Lou_BC

            “Precious Forest”

            Chernobyl Pine it is!

        • 0 avatar
          FreedMike

          It’s closer to some Russian guy’s wet dream of a 1985 Sedan DeVille, for sure…

    • 0 avatar
      John-95_Taurus_3.0_AX4N

      I’ve often pictured myself as a glorious dictator. I’ll be the one guy to come to power and rule without killing millions. Maybe.

      A one-off car for my limo? Eh. Its nice, but… It would depend on how things were going, if I’m honest. I mean I’m sure its armored to the teeth, but it can’t withstand everything.

      On a “less than great” day, I’d probably send the limo out and then hit the street in an armored Tercel with tinted bullet-proof glass and 13″ steelies (and they GOTTA have run-flats…somehow) on a different route. Given how slow a Tercel with a 4spd manual and armored plating would be, I’m sure I’d get there just when the limo does as it makes its way through thousands of screaming (cheering? perhaps…if they know what’s good for ’em) citizens in the city center.

      Wait, the limo gets blown up on a bridge outside of town? oh, well, I’m still making MY speech about why I need another personal resort, but can’t get running water to the capital city because of the (insert appropriate scapegoat(s) here).

      This is MY country, b¡tch! I won’t be taken out by some bomb on a bridge! You don’t like it? Is that what you said? I think that’s what he said! Gaurds, take this man to the green medicine farms for 10 years of forced (but pleasant) labor. And why are you guys wearing shirts again? How many times I gotta say?!

      I agree, good job again Corey.

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    Whale penis leather interior as well?

  • avatar
    indi500fan

    Anybody know what the powertrain is in this beauty?

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    OK, so check the sales copy on the Hemmings site:

    “This car is truly unique and is produced only in one copy, and is a pilot product of this project. Its properties and user comfort is superior to all known today similar models, including the Cadillac, Rolls-Royce and Maybach. It was built by a joint holding of Depot ZIL and AMO ZIL companies in Moscow for President of Russia Vladimir Putin.

    The car is brand new. It has all imaginable and unimaginable supplements and options for a pleasant pastime of the owner: heating and air conditioning system, inertial seat safety belts, electric power door windows, electric power rear cabin blinds, partition electromotive glass, retractable monitor, electric power seat drives, exterior with remote control and interior mirrors, sun visors, a bar, a refrigerator, electric trunk release.

    Incomparable to anything softness and smooth ride. Verily royal luxury.”

    Ad good, da. Will sell.

  • avatar
    slavuta

    This is probably prototype. They have some sort of competition now, who will make presidential limo. Check google images. There are some nice drawing entries. How about this one https://encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTOc4G3Z3DHJg8GMcsDlVbSpeqSKaq_A587xSqN-nkfB-nfKUwnEQ

  • avatar
    mcs

    Will the cupholders on the console hold a bottle of Stoli?

  • avatar
    Roadranger

    Put it in H!

  • avatar
    Acubra

    This is all BS. Before posting fakes, some fact-checking should be done.
    No relation to any governmental figures. Nor it has much relation to their limos.

    It is actually a half-arsed craft of a small garage that used one of a few left-over body shells and frames of the ZIL proper, that rotted outside after the plant was forced into bankruptcy (you see, the land in the center of Moscow is too expensive for having an industrial facility there). They stuffed it with full-size GM truck engine-controls-climate system, some bordello luxury and cheap Chinese headlights and wheels and called it a day. The value of this pig is the weight of scrap steel that it really is.

    • 0 avatar
      RobertRyan

      @Acubra
      Tend to agree on that. I know Porsche was brought in to help develop the engine.
      Actual car looks pretty different to photo in this article
      http://www.autoblog.com/2016/04/05/russian-president-putins-new-limo-makes-debut-ahead-of-2017-pro/

      • 0 avatar
        Acubra

        This is another all-show pet project and is not going anywhere. Because there is simply zero demand for these. Hope Porsche has been paid, if they actually did any work for this before the whole recession-sanctions-ruble devaluation hit.
        There have been several similar undertakings in the post-Soviet Russia, but apparently none of them made it past posh presentations and a few experimental (sometimes non-running) examples.

    • 0 avatar
      Sceptic

      This. This was definitely NOT made for or used by Putin.

  • avatar
    Whatnext

    Where’s the rocket launcher button for shooting down unarmed civilian jetliners?

  • avatar
    Joss

    Bottom belchers would be a challenge to conceal in this ride. Unless the speakers can cancel them out.

    Is the owner’s manual in English-speaking?

  • avatar
    Shortest Circuit

    Lucky they did not pop open the hood. Last I’ve seen this… thing… was five years ago on a public presentation (imagine, the press allowed to ask questions!) and it was less, than impressive. Yes, the interior is nice, b/c it was built by Carat Security (fmr. Carat Duchatelet). The engine bay looked straight from the ’70s, with stamped-steel reservoirs and a very simplistic Bosch Motronic EFI system, and the wipers would tangle if you switched them any higher than off. This is a warmed-over 70s leaf-sprung barge with rear drum brakes.

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