What has no wheels, can go through almost any terrain and is the last vehicle on earth we would want to be run over with? This 1970s era Screw Propelled ZIL-4904, currently rotting in a Russian specialty junkyard.
Regular Jalopnik weekend readers might remember the very cool and very weird Russian screw drive vehicle we showed you at Christmas (if not, the video is below). This screw propelled ZIL 4904 is the original ZIL’s big brother. Found in a Russian specialty junkyard whose specialty appear to be weird Russian military prototypes, this 4904 was designed in 1972 and is bigger than the first model we saw.
When we first saw the Russian Screw drive vehicle in action we thought it was pretty cool. Knowing where one of these screw drive vehicles actually ended up is even cooler. The fact that the Russians couldn’t find a useful application for these weird vehicles merely suggests to us they were not using their imagination. Leaving a vehicle that looks like this much fun to rot for several decades is a crime.