13 American Test Drive of a Soviet Car

American Test Drive of a Soviet Car

Posted on July 12, 2012 by team


Let's see the photos of Life magazine showing how Americans were testing the Soviet "Pobeda" ("Victory").


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GAZ-M20V

During the final modernization of 1955 "Pobeda" acquired a new radiator case, more attractive upholstery, a new steering wheel with a ring horn button, a receiving set A-8 and a new emblem on the radiator case.

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13 Responses to “American Test Drive of a Soviet Car”

  1. Adam says:

    Wow cool photos. Thats the eastern airlines building in the background aka knowing as Rockafellar center now. Good stuff!

  2. mookins says:

    I’m liking the ground clearance, looks like a good alternative to the Jeepster.

    Now here’s a suggestion, Russia: buy the rights to Aptera’s three-wheeler, ditch the expensive battery power, throw in the Honda Goldwing engine, and sell 80mpg high-performance for $25000. The established players’ll never do it, they’re invested in the conventional.

  3. GAZ20USA says:

    there is a video on youtube with all the photos of this car in chronological order, type in “Soviet Car On The Streets of New York 1956″ enjoy

  4. BobbyJoe says:

    “Some American car” is only a 1957 Chevy Bel-Air 4 door. I guess the Pobeda was trying to compete in comparable class?

  5. Ariel says:

    The comparison was not fair, they have compared a 1957 car (Chevrolet Bel Air) against a 1946 car. A correct comparison would be GAZ M-20 vs 1946 Chevrolet Styleline, Fleetmaster or even the Deluxe.

    • PolishReindeer says:

      It was fair.
      Please make the remark that the Pobeda was still available as brand new car in 1957 on the market.

      It’s only soviet fault (or not, if considering long-term conditions of particular market of USSR – spare parts coverage/endurance/costs etc.) that they offered technically obsolete car for Western consumers (which had no chance to win the comparision against almost any western car).

  6. jac says:

    Looking at the photo comments, I almost had am impression that the british and americans were lining up to buy that sturdy, brave, good looking car.. There’s nothing wrong with being proud of your national car industry. But pleeasssee, a little bias..

  7. Muzzlehatch says:

    Very comprehensive tool kit. Even a grease gun!

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