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October 30, 2010

Car Crazy in the U.S.S.R.


From metkere:



Soviet cars weren't the most comfortable automobiles in the world, but the brands were fancy — Volga, Moskvitch, Zaporozhets.


Volgas were built to last in the harsh climate and rough roads of the Soviet Union, with high ground clearance (what gives it a specific 'high' look, contrary to 'low-long-sleek' look of Western cars of resembling design), rugged suspension, strong and forgiving engine, and rustproofing on a scale unheard of in the 1950s.


ZAZ-968 Zaporozhets was produced from 1972 to 1980. It was the cheapest Soviet car and so the most affordable to common people. At the same time, it was rather sturdy and well suited to Soviet roads.



You don't know how lucky you are,


[via a reader who knows the difference between a Moskvitch and a muskrat]

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Those first two pictures make me think of Bruce McCall's wonderful automobile illustrations, of which I have an excellent example here, and the text is brilliant too:


Posted by: Flautist | Oct 31, 2010 3:00:43 AM

Hmmm. It would actually be too cool to own one. Does anyone in the US have one?

Posted by: tamra | Oct 31, 2010 1:33:38 AM

Those cars are way to cute.

And the ZAZ sisters would be a blast to partay with!

Posted by: Joe Peach | Oct 30, 2010 4:39:12 PM

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