Let’s see the photos of Life magazine showing how Americans were testing the Soviet “Pobeda” (“Victory”).
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.
GAZ M-20 soon received recognition from the Soviets and moved further to the world market. It was readily bought in Scandinavian countries, Belgium, in some countries of Western Europe.
Post-war Europe needed inexpensive, comfortable cars and “Pobeda” met these requirements. Western specialists made flattering remarks about the car being impressed by its endurance, they found only two serious disadvantages: insufficient dynamics and rearward vision.
American magazine Science and Mechanics wrote in 1957 that “Pobeda” was good on hard roads a driver was not in a hurry. Stable for its size due to its weight and powerful springs.
After testing “Pobeda” the respected British magazine The Motor wrote it was a reliable car capable of going at remote distances along bad roads with no many servicing points. Beauty of lines and high characteristics became the victims of usability and practical purposes. But the constructors paid attention to details: a cigar lighter, heaters and other inner staff for comfort.