13 Favorite Car Of The Soviet Union

Favorite Car Of The Soviet Union

Posted on March 21, 2012 by

Unfortunately, Soviet carmakers didn’t have much to offer. However, there were some nice up-to-date cars worth mentioning like the GAZ-M20 Pobeda or the VAZ-2121 Niva, one of the first Soviet compact and comfortable SUVs made. The GAZ-21 Volga has always had a special place in the hearts of Soviet people and this love is unexplainable. You will never find a person to say something mean about this car.

Apparently, the Volga owes its life to the Pobeda, one of the most technically advanced Soviet automobiles of that time.

The Ford Mainline that probably served as an inspiration for the engineers of GAZ looks more elegant.

This is one of the first GAZ-21 models. They had to change its gitter because G. Zhukov didn’t like it. Finally, they replaced it with the one you see in the photo with a star.

Design Manager A. Nevzorov.

The Vogla was not a redesigned Pobeda. It was a new car that was equipped with modern technologies; it was more spacious, powerful and fuel efficient. The Volga was perhaps the most comfortable and technically advanced car in the country. It featured a radio receiver, a heater and an automatic transmission (which they ceased to install some time later).

Design Manager L. Eremeev (on the left).

Judging by the given picture, it is clear that nothing revolutionary was installed in the Volga.

In 1954, GAZ purchased a Ford Mainline “to study its automatic gearbox” but you can’t help noticing the similarity of appearance of the two cars (although the Volga was more compact, had a shorter trunk, etc.).

From 1956 till 1958, they manufactured 30,000 Volgas featuring an ATM.

From 1959 till 1962, they manufactured 140,000 autos featuring a new gitter.

They began to manufacture the third series of the Volga in 1962. Over 450,000 cars were made.


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13 Responses to “Favorite Car Of The Soviet Union”

  1. milla says:

    Nobody has anything bad to say about this car, so of course the orange brat, US-fanatic, western wanna bees of English Russia must be the first, or at least try to.

    The Russians took a western car and made it better, much better, thats evolution! The Americans have tried for years to copy or get their dirty hands on Russian missile and rocket technology. Since Russia evidently is 20-30 years ahead anything they can come up with, the entire western fleets is a bunch of sitting ducks just waiting to get sunken, which we are about to experience in the Persian gulf….

    • too much vodka says:

      I think it’s time to take your pills.

    • George Johnson says:

      So, that’s what insanity sounds like?
      Russian rockets are so far ahead of ours? Is that why WE went to the MOON and you didn’t?

      And who has said anything about this car? There’s NO comments.

      They didn’t take something and make it better, they STOLE it. Just like they did the Boeing B-29. Russia has a horrible history of stealing other people’s designs. They let them spend the money on R&D, then they get their grubby little paws on it, copy it and change a few things and call it theirs. Except for the case of the Boeing, they copied right down to the emblem on to flight stick!

      They’ve even done it with microchips.

      Go back to your world of delusion.

    • Ricsi says:

      Milla–Much as I admire your patriotism,nobody is 20-30 years ahead in anything. I agree Iran will be no easy walk over but lets be realistic here.

    • javox says:

      mhmhmh first its true, when japan cars started commin in the USA they didnt know what to do, or even french cars, i would love to drive a volga, but seem to be hard to get one in argentina hahaha

    • XyuH says:

      The only things that russia invented are:
      Balalaika, matroshka, vodka, I might be wrong though

    • Tangowolf says:

      Many of us Westerners come here because we love Russia and want a glimpse of life in the former Soviet Union. We come here because we love Russian culture and want to learn more about things that we weren’t able to back in the Cold War. There’s no need to start insulting us Westerners right off the bat. Not all of us are gun-toting, flag-waving, mindless slaves to Western Ideology. Many of us are friends and allies. Start treating us like that.

  2. anyam says:

    On the 2nd picture the car is a 1952 Ford Mainline, not a Pobeda.

  3. OldBikr says:

    I would LOVE to have the GAZ 21 with a diesel engine. Simplicity and economic efficiency are very attractive features in an automobile.

  4. (r)evolutionist says:

    “On the Road” with Ivan and Nil (Jack and Neil).

  5. David says:

    The truck that appears behind at the kabul photo is an spanish Pegaso.

  6. Muzzlehatch says:

    Back in July 1969, While I was visiting Leningrad, I saw a small racetrack with a number of Volgas with numbers painted on them getting ready for a little competition. My tour bus left before we got to see them race, alas.

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