09/23/11 49 W, 1 I - + 12 - 7 Mystery Vehicle

This one's from outside our area, outside our state, and even outside our country. Rescue vehicle of a sort. Maybe better called a recovery vehicle. Any gearheads recognize the thing on sight? You'll have a blast figuring this one out.

At a guess I’d say Russian or eastern european, but nothing more than that. Do you have a better photo we can look at?
Paul - 09/23/11 - 10:17

I would say it is a Russian ZIL-4906.
A recovery vehicle used to recover Russian Sojoez capsules and cosmonauts.
Griggs - 09/23/11 - 13:39

Well done that man!
Paul - 09/23/11 - 16:46

While growing up in Miami, one of the municipal FD’s had a similar vehicle for specialized rescues. It either belonged to Coral Gables FD or the City of Miami FD
Wiman - 09/23/11 - 19:25

dayum… cant even spell my own name..
Swiman - 09/23/11 - 19:26

Nice to meet a new reader, Wiman! The city of Milwaukee also had one of those converted 4×4 amphibious units. Found via Googe:

Here’s a model of one of those Zil units, and that’s how I came across the mystery vehicle. Saw the picture of the model on a hobby site, then started looking for shots of the real thing:

Legeros - 09/23/11 - 19:40

Mike, is Googe a new search engine?
Marcus - 09/24/11 - 10:34

Yeah, it’s for people whose keyboards are missing the “l” key!
Legeros - 09/24/11 - 10:35

I believe that these are renditions of the WWII DUKW amphibious vehicle – they had one in the town that I grew up in.


It was a great parade vehicle, and it could in fact go amphib – in the Niagara River!
CH100 - 09/30/11 - 18:26

LARC-V (Lighter, Amphibious, Resupply, Cargo, 5 ton)
Mike - 03/22/14 - 19:24

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