I went to Berlin one time when the wall was still up, and all I saw there were small Russian made cars that were really junk. I went across the wall at Check Point Charlie into East Berlin. I forget the name of that Russian car, but it was a piece of shit.
Late russian cars are real piece of shit.
May be you can remember some russian brand names like VAZ, GAZ, ZAZ, Lada, Volga, Moskvich etc.)))
But in 1950-1960 there was many nice cars.
Also in 1950-1980 russians produced some big and small block V8 engines.
But mostly used in trucks and buses.
And never used it in cars... exept KGB special vehicles))
I compared my FSB 302 with small block V8 GAZ.
GAZ engine is better and heads are better too (have some photo of that heads together).
Ford V8 and GAZ V8 are very similar... .like twins))
You can take a look at one of most intresting russian full-size - Chaika.
It has V8 engine 5.5L and 3-speed auto tranny.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaika_(car)
Some owners repaired Chaikas with original Ford or GM parts)))