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June 20, 2024

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


From metkere:



Soviet cars weren't the most comfortable automobiles in the world.

Moskvitch, Volga, and Zaporozhets were the most popular makes.


Volgas were built to last in the harsh climate and rough roads of the Soviet Union, with high ground clearance (which gives them a characteristic "high" look, contrary to "low-long-sleek" look of Western cars with similar 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, boy....

June 20, 2024 at 04:01 PM | Permalink


This post snapped me back immediately to our trip to Moscow to adopt my son almost 17 years ago. This song was really popular at the time and was a big hit with our Russian driver, Pasha:


Maybe one day I'll have a "Yaguar."

Posted by: Rob O'Daniel | Jun 21, 2024 2:20:21 PM

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