23 One Weird Soviet Car

One Weird Soviet Car

Posted on February 6, 2015 by tim

Close to the Soviet collapse most of the Soviet cars were really outdated both in terms of design and technical part as well (interestingly, some of them are in production even now, twenty more years later – but this is a different story). So Soviet top engineers of the leading few car makers were trying to improve and invent something better looking and more comfortably moving. This is one of such projects that hasn’t went into mass production though. Let’s see bit more inside:

In the earliest 1990s they produced one of such cars.

It started with Gorbachev who said “I am not Brezhnev, I don’t collect cars” and gave the Pontiac he owned to the engineers. “Here is a car – disassemble it, and study the modern car making!”.

So they started trying and experimenting.

And here what they got. You can click this photo for example its pretty widescreen to see it in detail.

A few of those were produced according to photo – at least two – one white and one red. And the red is here, survived thru this years and is displayed now.

Later on because the state not more controlled the car making and everything seemed to be a bit mess in the country the development stopped.

The actual name of this car was “Moskvich Yauza”. Yauza is the name of the river in Moscow and Moskvich was a Soviet brand of the cars, literary means “Person of  Moscow”


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23 Responses to “One Weird Soviet Car”

  1. Voivode says:

    As far as my knowledge goes, the only classic Soviet car that still comes out of the production line is the good old VAZ-21214, a very remarkable and overall fine off-road car.

  2. JP says:

    looks like it’s from 2000 but it’s but ugly like a Nissan juke

  3. Tutan Camon says:

    Nice car,with windows for cats and dogs…..

  4. Tutan Camon says:

    A nice car i owned was a Moskwich 408.A real car!!!!!!

  5. Douglas says:

    The car is just plain weird.

  6. Tshuhna says:

    Better visibility down? For what?

  7. Pom2Ter says:

    Oh my… This is one ugly car the world can be glad we don’t see every now and then… thanks god… the guys responsible for it should be shot…

  8. tokisto says:

    Can someone explain why the middle “glassed” door?

  9. CZenda says:

    Really weird. Stering wheel from Twingo, interior from Escort, RWD at the times when FWD won…

    • Voivode says:

      Once again, our weird ‘CZenda’ with his extraordinarily underdeveloped social intelligence and ignorance in every single thing has shared his ‘opinion’, and with the same effect.

      Let me enlighten you, kid, if you’re still capable of rational thought: this car came into existence before Twingo, wasn’t influenced by Escort (as disappointing as it may sound, the interior design created by one of the Soviet Art and Design Bureaus was based on a blend of different influences), and finally, it was supposed to be either a FWD or AWD car.

  10. anon says:

    For only being one of them, it doesnt appear to be taken care of very well over the years. Also the pic of the engine showing two carbs and a tube frame is NOT the engine from this car.

  11. sammakkokeitto says:

    Sorry but cars is thing russians can’t do( All developments of moskvich are based on parts of renault 4 & 25, ford sierra, engine – on ancient bmw, everything was illegal copy of old european & american cars. No security, no air condition, no awd, no automatically gear box. Many Moskvich developments you can see in Moscow at AZLK museum. Its situated on Tekctilshiki subway metro stantion, right near exit. Other good collection is near station Rimskaya, on Rogozhskiy Val street, there is english-speaking gide. Also there near is historical Shkolnaya street where you can see a part of Moscow 17-18 century.

  12. Voivode says:

    Making valuable comments is a thing you can’t do; almost everything you have come up with is plain wrong. Since it would take hours to explain that in detail, I’ll try to be short on this part. It doesn’t make sense to blame retro cars for not having an automatic transmission or air conditioning and climate control systems that we take for granted; there were a plenty of Soviet cars that gained a good reputation among car owners – VAZ 2121, GAZ 13, 14, 21, 69, Moskvich 403, 407, 408, etc.; the first Moskvich was a licensed (completely legal, that is) version of the German Opel Kadett K38, therefore it is not surprising (let alone illegal) that all following models of Moskvich up to M-412 had engines that were a further development of the Opel’s one. The engine of M-412 followed the design of BMW M115 (the one you branded as “ancient”; it was new back then), though not being identical with it. Only the last export versions of Moskvich 2141 (M-2141-10 and 2141-136), all produced in the early 1990s, after the fall of the USSR, had FORD RTF engines installed under the hood. Later on, in the middle of the same decade, Moskvich 2141 got another foreign engine, Renault F3R272. The integration of both of these engines was done in full agreement with their Western manufacturers and thus cannot be defined as “illegal copying”, or anything approaching to it.

  13. CZenda says:

    Yeah. People around the globe were just eager to replace their Volkswagens, Fords, Renaults, Toyotas etc. with Moskviches.
    I am, unfortunately, old enough to remember that the Moskwiches, nicknamed locally “Moskal” or “Lenin´s sledges”, were almost impossible to sell as second-hand cars. They were slightly more expensive when new than Trabant 601, which was the cheapest car available then, and any second-hand Trabant was more expensive than any second-hand Moskvich.

    • Voivode says:

      You are, unfortunately, too mentally defective and ignorant to realise that nobody was saying that “people around the globe were just eager to replace their Volkswagens, Fords, Renaults, Toyotas etc. with Moskviches”. As is typical for those having mental health problems, you’re arguing against your own statement. There is little doubt that the vast majority of Moskviches, especially the late M-2140s, were cheap ‘ok’ cars. Nonetheless, some of them (M-400s to M-408s) gained a reputation of durable, simply constructed and easy to fix cars.

      • CZenda says:

        Meh, this is boring. Guess I´d better read pravda.ru to get a good laugh.

      • Anton says:

        Voivode, thank u for the detailed information about moskviches, it was really interesting. i remember my grandfather owned a moskvich 402 made in 1957, it was very easy to fix and good-looking indeed. the car was small and had a 35 hp engine but could carry a whole LOAD of goods and sometimes even used kerosene instead of gas. we used it until 1992, then sold it to a guy collecting retro cars… and it still works today, in 2015.

        dunno if all this is interesting enough, just sharing my memories :)

  14. Voivode says:

    Considering how much time you have wasted on your childishly naïve comments, you don’t really find it boring, sissy. However, if you will, you can always ask Putin to give you some fun and re-enact the Operation Dunai.

  15. Anton says:

    why are you talking to him if he can barely understand what you’re saying? he is far not the smartest person out here, but that’s his right to be himself and… well… share his “opinions” with us, you know :)

    • Voivode says:

      I was just kidding, actually. And I’m not that cold-hearted to take away his god-given right to be a senile “České prase” suffering from ignorance, intrusive thoughts about scary evil Russkies being wrong on every occasion, and mental retardation. I may say I’m sort of a fan of him and can’t imagine this website without him leaving his worthless word to the laughing gale.

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