Moskvich Cabrio

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In Soviet Russia there were very little private cars. A person considered to be very lucky and wealthy if he had a car. Like in Northern Korea nowadays probably. And this was a project of First and Only Russian Cabrio, Moskvitch Cabrio. It hasn’t happen in mass production though, only a few cars were made and then the project was closed. Soviet people didn’t need luxury cars at that time.

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35 thoughts on “Moskvich Cabrio”

  1. Well actually N.Korea can’t have much cars because of oil embargo. So in USSR it was not so big problem to buy a car ( of course in compare to N.Korea) . But yes it was not so easy as in other world – it is true 😉

    • It was nearly impossible to buy a car in USSR unless you have a high government position. It would take 10 years of the salary of even a medical doctor to buy a piece of junk, not even counting the money you spend. So it really was ~20 years.

      • I don’t know where the hell you lived 20 years ago, but in moscow and leningrad, getting a car was’nt difficult, and did’nt cost 10 years of salary.

  2. Communist Party was affraid to give everybody a car. People were suppose to use public transport they believed it was better for community.Plus they had an idea of oil preservation. It should be done now. So sick of all those people staying in a traffic jam. Just wasting petrol. If you pay attention to how many people usually in a car. Mostly only one person.(In every big city in the world) Why dont they use metro or bus, or even bicyle. Oh nooo,i forgot, they are too cool for this. The percepton of them by others is all what they care about.

  3. Looks a little like the used Sunbeam Alpine I lusted for when I was a teen (this is not the actual car):

  4. My father and my grandpa had cars in early 80’s. So I guess it wasn’t so hard to get a car. Though my father worked at Baikonur and my grandpa was in KGB or smth 🙂

    • Exactly! It’s called product deficit. People from Moscow or St.Petersburg probably don’t know what it is.
      You also forgot the cost of the car compared with wages during that time…

      • The cost was not a problem, it was quite comparable to wages. But it took you more time to get to the end of the list (years), than to accumulate enough money to buy a car. There was just not enough cars produced.

        • i would like to explain my grandfathers financily situation in the USSR.
          he worked at a factoy and got 300 roubles/month (1 rouble in that time was more than 1 dollar)..

          He paid 50 roubles taxes fot their home…
          To eat at a fancy restaurant it would cost 0,75 to get a whole menu with borsj potatos and a salade….
          public transport was for:metro 0,03 trolleybus 0,01 bus 0,02 i don’t know how it was for a taxi.

          A t.v would cost about 150 roubles…and a car about 400 roubles…all people would go for free to school…and all sport and music schools….and medicine was free also….my father was one of the first people in the world that had a laser operation on their eyes(that was invented in the USSR) in 1989.

          • The best years for the ruble is when it traded around .60-.65 for every $1, and a Moskvitch sold for around 5000 rubles back then.

            It was never 400! Never ever.

            So the price was very comparable to vehicles sold in the USA.

  5. In Soviet Russia, cars drove you!

    Sorry, couldn’t help myself! 🙂

    While on the topic of Russian cars, is Putin’s presidental car still a Zil, or do they even still make them anymore? I remember they used to be the size of a cruise ship and the V8 engine that could power a ship as well!

    • AFAIK, Putin’s car is armoured Mercedes S-klasse Pullman, not very new, W140 model. And Moscow’s mayor Luzhkov rides Maybach. =)

    • “In Soviet Russia, cars drove you! ”

      I still think thats funny.

      This car actually doesn’t look too bad. It’s comparable to other cars around the same time. This could’ve been a good start to a successful Russian auto industry, but as stated earlier, the government was too scared to allow their people the freedom of a car. In soviet Russia, bus drives you.

  6. See the USSR
    In your armored car
    Kruschev is asking you to come
    Bring your tommy gun
    we’ll have lot’s of fun,
    shooting West Berliners on the run!

  7. Russians suck. i’m from former soviet republic (Latvia) and Soviet times are the worst times my country has ever seen! first of all – it was nearly impossible for normal people to buy a car, and at average salary of 200rubles, the car cost about 4000 (thousand, and not 400 hundred as one mentioned above).

    not even talking about food – all the meat breed in our farms,was sent to Moscow, our people didnt get anything, and couldnt even buy anything of it whatsoever!

    soviet times s*ck, thanks God they are gone, and pray the Lord they would never return!

    • Please dont talk on this topic, if you dont know what your talking about. It was either, Russian, or German military on those times. If you didnt join, youd get killed Period.
      Now, what about, the Russians “liberating” the Baltic states… they called it liberation, while they actually occupied the country, sending huge amount of families living there to siberia, to die. For example, my own grandfather was sent to syberia for not putting out the soviet flag on a national holiday. He got 25+5 (25 years of punishment + 5 just in case). Thank god, he managed to escape. It was pretty much like the witch hunt in the middle ages, you could be sent to syberia for anything, Just tell the KGB that you feel like someone is anti soviet, and the person was sent to syberia.

  8. Try sitting in this car (“Moscovite”), not drive, just sit in it! And then you will feel like you want to… throw up… forget about driving it! It’s like sitting on a stump! NO KIDDING! I’ve done it… ONCE! That was ENUFF! Soviet Union and every other country needs public transport, it’s good for everyone. Long live true people’s republic (not communist).


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