ZIL 3207 “Youth”: issued: 63. Motor: 7 L. Museum of Zil, Moscow

The ZIL-118 (3207) Yunost (Youth) was a luxury microbus built by Zavod imeni Likhachova (Russian: Завод имени Лихачёва, Factory named for Likhachov), or ZIL.

Based on the ZIL-111 limousine, the ZIL-118 Yunost (Youth) was developed in 1961, on the factory’s own initiative. Only 20 were built because of a lack of interest of government. The few built were solely to special order, with a number as high-capacity ambulances. An updated version appeared in 1970 in several versions: the 118K coach 118KS ambulance, both using the ZIL-508.10 V8 from ZIL trucks.

The ZIL-118 was further facelifted in the 1980s, becoming the ZIL-3207. Production ended in 1994, with total number built, of the 118K/KS and 3207, reaching only 86.

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