Welcome to Soviet Saturday, comrades. Here, I discuss the greatest automotive legends from the Soviet era and beyond.
This is the cheapest production car made in the USSR. The Fiat 600 based ZAZ 965A aka Zaporozhets was a Ukrainian built micro car from 1960 to 1969.
Although designed and built entirely by Soviets it was clearly a Fiat rip off. The car featured a rear mounted, air cooled V4 engine which produced a wimpy 26 horsepower. It had a gearbox that had gears. Basically a Porsche 911...
The car only cost 1800 rubles which supplied the owner with very basic equipment. It had headlights, windshield wipers and 1 mirror. This is as close as you could get to a Flintstone mobile without having to Yabba Dabba Do your way down the road.
One of these even appeared in 007 movie and there is a diecast of it.
I do have this DeAgostini 1/43 scale model though. Aside from poor assembly, it’s pretty decent. As long as you take your time to find one that doesn’t have paint smudges or glue fingerprints, it’s a nice little piece. Interior could use a little detailing though. Tail lights would look better if they had separate lenses rather than painted chrome.