Pimp Your Moskvitch

Pimp Your Moskvitch

The Moskvitch-403 is a transition variant between the 407th and 408th. It’s like a new filling in the old body. Hanging pedals, rather than a hole in the floor, a hydraulic clutch and new steering wheel! This model was produced from 1963 to 1965. In total, a little bit more than 105 thousand cars were assembled. And here is one of those rarities that managed to live till nowadays. Its lucky owner got it from his old relative for free. He pimped his ride and now it looks absolutely stunning.

Pimp Your Moskvitch

That’s how the car looked 6 years ago.

Pimp Your Moskvitch

“The car is in a very good condition,” assured its former owner, an old lady. “Just the driver’s door is not closed thoroughly and some valve’s constantly tapping and that’s all. Actually it’s a very neat and tidy car. You know, a lot of time has already passed since the last time I drove it (since 1979), so you will probably have to pump the wheels a little.”

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So he set to work. What really struck him when he opened the hood, is its constructive simplicity and possibility to repair almost any detail.

Pimp Your Moskvitch

Pimp Your Moskvitch

Pimp Your Moskvitch

Fenders, doors, glass, chrome, gaskets, moldings, an interior… – time eats everything.

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It was decided to leave the original design of the interior. The loudspeakers made in Russia were installed. Red, heavy and with a good quality of the sound, they fitted perfectly into the interior.

Pimp Your Moskvitch

Pimp Your Moskvitch

2 years later. The last nuances: verification of the numbers, insurance… And finally that’s it! The car is ready for its first ride.

Pimp Your Moskvitch

Pimp Your Moskvitch

“Ampere”, “Gasoline”, “Oil”, “Water”. All readings are fine.

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Pimp Your Moskvitch

Pimp Your Moskvitch

It’s really hard to say how much exactly the repair cost, but it’s something about 200-250 thousand rubles ($ 6.7-8.3 thousand). And this is very optimistic figures.

Pimp Your Moskvitch

Pimp Your Moskvitch

The Soviet beauty on the shore of the Gulf of Finland.

Pimp Your Moskvitch

Pimp Your Moskvitch

Pimp Your Moskvitch

Pimp Your Moskvitch

Pimp Your Moskvitch

Pimp Your Moskvitch

Original wheels.

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A warm tube odometer.

Pimp Your Moskvitch

Pimp Your Moskvitch

Pimp Your Moskvitch

Pimp Your Moskvitch

Pimp Your Moskvitch

via leprosorium.ru

24 thoughts on “Pimp Your Moskvitch”

  1. That´s a really good example.

    If only I could get my hands on one of those things for a reasonable price.

    That thig is the sort of thing that should never have worked but it still did.

    The sheetwork is thin as the paint on it.

    I don´t want to weld one.

    But it is beautiful. Just look at that cherry pie.

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  2. A. Bunka here. Reminds me of the old Ramblers.
    Someone here doesn’t like me and they keep removing my posts, so, adios amigo’s.

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    • Everything in this car is original except japanese radio and modern speakers, but speakers is hidden and radio is easy to remove. So, original design did not include mirrors.

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  3. Ya this site is no longer what it was.No more claiming first,no more long debates that would continue on for several posts-because every comment awaits moderation now!What has become of englishrussia.com??

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  4. What I find interesting is just how much ground clearance these cars have. They must have been designed for the poor quality rural roads in the farming regions of the times. I think there was also a 4X4 variant of this particular Moskvitch model as well as the more common 2 wheel drive ones.

    I would absolutely LOVE to have an old Soviet car like this and consider it one of my goals in life. I have a thing for the ZAZ 966 and 968 and hope to one day realize my dream of having possibly the only one ever imported to the US.

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  5. I see that this car has column-shift.What sort of transmission did it employ? 3 speed? 4 speed? Manual overdrive? Or something more unusual?

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