GAZ-61 / GAZ-61
( ГАЗ-61B / ГАЗ-61Б )
Manufacturer GAZ
Production 238 (1938–1945)
Predecessor GAZ M21 - GAZ M25
Successor GAZ-M72
Class SUV
Engine(s) 85 hp/3600 rpm, 6-cyl 4-stroke, 3485 cc
Wheelbase 2,845 mm (112.0 in)
Length 4,670 mm (183.9 in)
Width 1,750 mm (68.9 in)
Height 1,905 mm (75.0 in)
Curb weight 1,650 kg (3,638 lb)
Related GAZ-64

GAZ-61 was a four wheel drive car from USSR manufacturer GAZ first introduced in 1938 by designer V. A. Gratchev, to replace his too-complex model GAZ-M21. Production did not start until 1940. It was made by putting the GAZ M2 body on a four-wheel-drive chassis. It could climb angles up to 38 degrees and cross water up to 72 cm (28 in) deep.

The first version, produced from 1940 to 1941, was a 5-seated 4-door phaeton. It was powered by a 3,485 cc (212.7 cu in) 6-cyl 4-stroke engine with 85 hp (63 kW) and a top speed of 100 km/h (62 mph). Many supreme commanders of the Red Army headquarters used this car in 1941.

In 1941, the updated GAZ-61-73 was introduced. It was now a 5-seat, 4-door 6-light saloon with the same engine, but now rated at a top speed of 107 km/h (66 mph).

The GAZ-61 was produced not only in civilian black but also in in blue and Russian 4BO green, together with the typical cross-country tread tires.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

The GAZ-61 featured several times in the 1962 Soviet film, Ivanovo Servenaya.

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