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8 First Proven SUV in the World

First Proven SUV in the World

Posted on August 26, 2012 by team


We thought that the first SUV was invented in the USSR. But now we are sure it really was! In far 1955!

This unusual project of an all-terrain vehicle was made in the Soviet Union, as we mentioned – in 1955. This car was designed for needs of a countryside, it could considerably help mechanics in their work.

GAZ-M73 (1955) – a prototype of a small four-wheel drive machine developed for soviet farm chiefs.

There were two variants of the car: a little two-seat pick-up and a coupe. The light body was mounted on the chassis of a four-wheel drive military GAZ-69 and equipped with a “Moskvitch” engine and a three-speed gearbox.

Being so light (less than 1 tonne) and having 15 inches wheels the car could easily overcome various obstacles of rural fields.

Engine power was 35 hp, it was hardly enough for such a small car, but still ok.

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8 Responses to “First Proven SUV in the World”

  1. marcin says:

    Looks great! I would like to get one..

  2. America says:

    Nothing “sporty” about it, therefore it’s not a SUV.

    And “Soviet frims were not corporations. Today giants of electronics win billions in patent wars, we can only guess how much that Soviet SUV inventing company could win in a battle with the rest auto production world”? LMAO

    No, it doesn’t work that way. If anything they would have gotten sued by the real inventors they copied. Soviets invented very little, really. Easier to copy.

  3. Siege says:

    The Land Rover Series 1 came before this too. 1948.

  4. turist says:

    Cool! But not nearly as cool as the Volvo TP21/P2104. And the Volvo beats it in age, power, and capacity…

  5. Osip says:

    What a joke. Rebodied GAZ-69 is SUV? The first SUV is the Willys Jeep Station Wagon of 1946 (2wd) or if 4wd is required for SUV status the model of 1949. Nice port holes on the hood of the GAZ. Copy of Buick design, though.

  6. (r)evolutionist says:

    Socialist answer to scientific problem.

  7. nyuszy says:

    XC 90 is a Volvo, the Suzuki is X90.

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