₦1b armored Limousine of dictator Josef Stalin found a day after being stolen on Dec 27


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Who says stealing Josef Stalin's armoured limousine would be easy? See what happened to the stolen antique belonging to the former Russian dictator!

When you are counting dictators that have stamped their feet on the sand of time, there is no way you won’t mention the powerful Joseph Stalin, who was a Russian dictator. According to report, his stolen armoured limousine from the garage in the capital city, Moscow, was found a day after.


The armoured and rare ZIS-115 limousine was owned by the former Russian dictator, Josef Stalin

The auto theft occurred on 27 December, 2019, which was caught on camera overnight. The antique ZIS-115 is a very rare model priced around $2.8 million (₦1.09b).

From information gathered, 6 persons were involved in the stealing of this 4.2 tons armoured limousine, by breaking into the unguarded garage and carting away with it. Surprisingly, the car was found stashed in Moscow in a garage a day after it was stolen. So far, no suspect has been caught or detained yet.


Looks like the story behind the original owner of this antique model made the recovery a bit easier

The limousine has the capacity of withstanding a rifle-calibre bullet and hits on its windows from its massive armour-plating. We also learnt that the car can protect itself from an explosion caused by underbelly grenade.

As we speak, the car is the property of the wealthy Ukrainian businessman and chief of the security detail of Ruslan Tarpan. This proud owner, slated to be an oligarch, is currently on house arrest in his country of origin.


Josef Stalin (18 December 1878 - 5 March 1953)

The ZIS-115 is reported to be the armoured version of ZIS-110 model. The ZIS-110 was manufactured from the US-made 1942 Packard Super Eight’s reverse engineering in 1944. The Josef Stalin’s limo comes equipped with 8-cylinder 6.0-liter engine with a generative output of 140 horsepower and a peak speed of 87 mph. Just 56 examples of this version were manufactured from the periods of 1949 to 1955.

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Oluwaseun Adeniji is a passionate writer and a poet with special interest in writing about cars. He is a master degree holder in international conflict and management. He enjoys feeding the public with the latest auto gist and well researched car reviews. He is also a strong football lover. So, if Oluwaseun is not writing, expect him to be reading about sports.


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