First SUV Ever

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Nowadays SUV’s are very popular all over the world, all major car makes started production of their own all-road luxury cars. The concept behind the SUV is to get comfort of the luxury car but have four wheel drive on big rims so that you can go off the road with the same feeling.

But it seems that in Soviet Russia they had already this ideal car – you can see here a luxury Soviet “Pobeda” (“Victory”) car on the high wheels, and people say it is not a self-made thing but was in production in limited edition at the car factory, so it can be probably not only the first Russian SUV but first SUV ever.

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102 thoughts on “First SUV Ever”

  1. Some say Pobeda (named so after the victory in WWII) was a Soviet clone of German pre-war Opel Kapitän.

    Just like Moskwitch 400 was actually Opel Olympia produced in USSR using plans and equipment plundered in Germany after war.

    P.S. FYI: The pictures in this article here feature HEAVILY MODIFIED Pobeda.

    • “Pobeda” was desighned in USSR in
      It was the first serial car in the world, at a kotra wings made a single whole with a body. The body was “pontoon” type.

      Opel Kapitan 1940

      Wooden full-size breadboard model of ‘Pobeda'(1944)

      Pre-production model(1945)

  2. Reminds me of a VW “baja” bug. I’d buy one of those, they should start making them again, sell them in the US, looks like off-road version of Plymouth PT Cruiser.

  3. Listen, if you like my name so much – why don’t you use “Boris Abramov2”? You have my name, I have my name, everyone is happy 🙂 So, how about is?

    • There was an earlier 4×4 GAZ based on Ford A but heavily modified produced as military staff car during WW2 until it was followed by the Pobeda….
      There has been small numbers of “swampcars” too with very large balloon-tires all the time since middle of WW2, I think the first civilian one was Lada/Niva 1922 “Marsha”…

      And the Volvo – came after WW2 with 4×4 to carry the heavy radio without filling it with snow…. 🙂

  4. Those tires look very much like Irok Radial tires. Even the side lugs are the same. (These are the same tires I have on my truck so I am reasonably familiar with them.)

    So while I think this looks pretty cool and all, I am highly dubious since those look very much like American tires.


    • Have a look at some BRDM-2 or BTR-60 / 70 / 80 (the portal-axled 8x8s) -pics! These are bullet-proof soviet military-tires.

  5. that does look like a volvo sugga,and its basically the sameidea,sugga was a 4dr 50s volvo on a short wheelbase volvo army truck frame, thats neat,you dont see a lot of these types of things in the us because something like that isnt a very good daily driver

  6. Did the 1933 Suburban has AWD, or was it built for light off-road? I don’t think so. The first SUV was the Mitsubishi PX33. 🙂

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  9. Having your car experiencing total power without limitation is something that in old day Russia people would have loved to do.

  10. I just can not believe the first SUV was invented in Russia. I might consider buying one just for the hack of it.

  11. The Prizm is just a rebadged Corolla. But yeah, the rest of the car should be painted orange to justify those wheels.

  12. I like it a lot. Have to get back to you after I check out the links in this discussion. We have a few places in the U.S.A. where these could have found a market. If all the Gearheads in the world could get together, is there anything we couldn’t fix? Best regards.

  13. I wonder why they do not manufacture these types of cars anymore. I bet there would be a significant demand for them nowadays.

  14. I also wanted to buy one in Russia, but they are very difficult to find. Very few people actually own these anymore.

  15. It is amazing how many good things you can do in photoshop. I wonder if those pictures are real or just enhancements?

  16. I bet the pictures are real and not enhancements. I have seen these cars in Russia. You can still buy those. You just have to know your way around.

  17. Wrong. The first sport utility vehicle was the horse. If you want to talk mechanical then it was the Ford model T. There were no real roads in America yet. New Jersey is still just a dusty road between New York and Philly.

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  19. Wonderful website with great pictures. I wish to visit Russia in the near future. Does anyone know any upcoming auto trade fair?

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  22. Wonderful site! I wish I could go back to Russia as I used to loive there for many years. I may return to buy a car like the one above.

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  24. My szőnyegtisztítás webpage proves that in Eastern Europe businesses boom just like selling old cars. Wonderful pictures of SUVs. Thank you for sharing.

  25. Vízóracsere can help you fix your problems at home or in your car. I thought that Russia had not produced any SUVs like that. I am quite surprised. Great posts!

  26. It is increadible to see that old cars are coming back to fashion again. This type of retro behaviour is the new trend. It is great though.

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  32. It is really amazing to see the world’s first SUV pictures, as SUV are getting popular day by day. I was amazed about the fact that the first ever SUV was produced in Russia that’s amazing. Thanks for the great post….

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  34. Hi! I think the prices tend to go down as overall demand is decreasing. Try to check the prices out on several websites.

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