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7 Why Did Soviet Most Nice Looking Van Fail

Why Did Soviet Most Nice Looking Van Fail

Posted on August 3, 2017 by tim


This Russian car, the passenger van, was enchanting many Russian people when it appeared in a cult Soviet movie about Shurik. Soviet people were arguing if its Soviet creation or an imported luxury. Some even thought this was a self-made car. But it wasn’t.

Here is a scene from that movie. It was built by a North Donetsk Soviet automotive company. During Khruschev they received some kind of autonomy in decision making and their director decided to design a minivan for Soviet people.

He got pretty successful with this and even got published an article in Soviet main driver magazine “Za Rulem” (Behind the Wheel).

Then scientists from Kharkov Automotive Institute joined the project. And also a talented Soviet designer Yuri Andros. Here is him making a van model.

They used GAZ Volga 21 engine and frame (70 horse power, 2.4 liter engine, three gear gearbox). And they made themselves glass plastic body.

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7 Responses to “Why Did Soviet Most Nice Looking Van Fail”

  1. Douglas says:

    The Soviet leaders did not properly fund the building of the van. Car production costs billions…..this isn’t something for amateurs. They ought to have known this in advance. Nice van by the way.

  2. DUSTY says:

    Ugly! Busy. A mix of disparate elements that should not be used together.

    The RAF977 on the other-hand is a clean functional looking design. Much more attractive.

    • Lumpy Gravy says:

      I couldn’t agree more. This thing looks like a hybrid of all sorts of ghastly 1950s cars, a typical example of ‘form over function’ design, while the clear and uncluttered lines of the RAF977 are purely functional and therefore aesthetically pleasing.

      • Lumpy Gravy says:

        P.S.: I have never seen images the RAF977 before and I have to say that I really like the looks of this pretty little bus. To me it looks even better than the 1960s classics from Ford and VW (the hippie bus). Shame, they don’t make’em like that anymore.

  3. Douglas says:

    Yes, the passenger van with wings….UGLY.

  4. Don Krypton says:

    Looks like somebody took a limousine, cut out a hole in form of a pan and put a van on top of it.

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