Sokol 650 1952 by Autocult
Stalin‘s big Ambition
The automotive engineering
department of the Russian corporation Awtowelo was responsible for the
development of vehicles. In 1949 this development centre got the order to develop
a racecar. But this was anything but a usual order. This racecar was reserved
for Wassilij Stalin, the son of the Russian head of state Josef Stalin.
Considering this the project was not only a technical challenge but also a
political one. Stalin’s son loved the speed and wanted to compete in the
recently formed racing series Formula Two. But he wanted more than just to
compete – he wanted to win. To make this possible almost half of the employees
were dedicated to the Russian project. Based on the pre-war know-how of the
Auto Union two Monopostos were built, both driven by a V12 engine
with almost 2 litres displacement and an output of 152 hp.
The racecar got the name 650
“Sokol” and was ready for first tests in 1951. In April 1952 Wassilij Stalin transferred
the cars by plane to Russia. Almost insurmountable problems with the carburetor
settings ruined any chance of a successful racing appearance. Finally both cars
went back to the GDR.
After the death of Soviet
leader Stalin on 5 March 1953,his son Wassilij fell out of favour with the new
authorities and the project was no longer supported. Both Monopostos remained
in the GDR, were used for a film shooting and fell into oblivion shortly
afterwards. Via different stations one of the cars found its way into the German
museum PS Speicher. The chassis of the second car is part of the exhibition of the
Saxon industrial museum in Chemnitz.
|Description: ||Sokol 650 1952 |
|Catalogue#: ||ATC07014 |
|Product Type: ||Resincast |
|Scale: ||1:43 |
|Event: ||Formula 1 or single seater |
|Colour: ||- |
|Drivers: ||- |
|Sponsors: ||- |
|Dates: ||1952 |
|Race/Position: ||- |
|Release Date: ||August 2019 |
|Weight: ||500 grams |
|Comments: ||Limited edition of 333 pieces. |
A relatively new maker of very well finished resincast models, established in 2015. Very imaginative choice of subjects, often concentrating on the more eccentric episodes in motoring history! Production limited to 333 pieces of each subject, which often means that we get one delivery and that is it, so pre-orders strongly recommended!! Made in China for Germany.