How about the compilation of the rare Russian cars that even common Russian people that live in Russia had probably never seen before? Hand picked examples of Russian automobile industry are presented in this article for your viewing pleasure.
AZLK factory (now is closed) was indeed the factory of “might-have-been” Soviet auto-dreams. Judge by yourself:
Moskvich 408 Tourist (1964) with the top speed of 80 mph (130 km/h) could be a real cabriolet for the middle class, but at that time the country leaders decided that such an automobile would be too luxurious for a Soviet proletariat.
The idea of this Moskvich-cabriolet was carried out by AZLK only in producing pedal vehicles for kids.
Click to read the full article about Soviet pedal vehicles for kids on Englishrussia.
AZLK 2139 Arbat (prototype of the 1987) had to be a revolutionary looking car of the Soviet (Russian) automobile industry of the 90s. But the Soviet country leaders with their dislike for the idea of the accessible luxurious cars for the middle class and the collapse of the Soviet Union by itself made this automobile just a part of the exhibition in AZLK museum in Moscow.
The model of Moskvich 2141 KR (prototype of the 1988 for rally races) with the engine of 175 hp and the top speed of about 125 mph (200 km/h) could be a beginning of a short-run production of AZLK sports-cars, but the idea also wasn’t realized. The prototype now stands in Autoreview museum (Moscow).
While AZLK was making attempts to introduce some luxury into the Soviet automobile industry, two other car factories, Gorkovsky (GAZ) and Volzhsky (VAZ), were trying to start their own amphibian cars production:
VAZ 2122 Reka (River) Amphibian was developed in the late 70s / early 80s, by the request of the military department. This unique Soviet jeep was able to move on water at the speed of 5 mph (9 km/h). But after successfully passed the tests the project was closed for some unknown reason.
UAZ 3907 Jaguar of Gorkovksy car factory (GAZ) had shared the fate oh his VAZ amphibian brother. This car, developed in the late 70s, was able to move on water by means of two propeller screws, and could carry up to seven persons in full equipment. The vehicle showed wonderful rolling characteristics during various tests at extreme temperatures (from -116F (-47C) up to 113F (+45C)). The project was closed because of inflation caused by the collapse of the USSR.
UAZ 3907 Jaguar was not the only attempt of GAZ factory to produce non-typical off-road vehicle. In the middle 70-s was developed the experimental modification of Volga – GAZ-24-95.