Proto Bread Loaf Vans of USSR



The Bukhanka or UAZ-452 is a family of off-road vans that have been produced at the Ulyanovsk Automobile Plant (UAZ) since 1965. They are still being produced and sold today. In fact, this is one of the most widely used ambulance vans in the countryside today in Russia



Here are some samples of the “Bread Load” – so named for it’s similarity to an actual bread loaf in the form of its body.



Here is one on sale in a dealership.

But before it, there was a so called Proto Bread Loaf – an experimental vehicle from Soviet industry.



The USSR Health Ministry and the Soviet Army both made an order to make some van that could pass practically anywhere and deliver cargo and crew. So they came up with this. They took a Gaz-69 JEEP chassis which was used to lead a tank convoy, and was hugely off road capable, and made it into a van.




Three of those proto-Bread Loafs were made and showed them to be very well suited for the tasks so the car went in production and is still on sale, though with slight variation.


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And by the way some people in Japan go mad about Bread Loafs. They modify it like this for example:

Or enjoy it “as is” in a classic Soviet look. For this purpose there are companies importing UAZ to japan.

Because it’s imported, it costs a few bucks there, so some people from Japan modify the older, cheaper Japanese vans so they look like the UAZ, like this:


(the sliding door on the side, and all other doors, are different from the UAZ, only a front of the car reminds the original UAZ)


6 thoughts on “Proto Bread Loaf Vans of USSR”

  1. Am I right in suspecting these brilliant vans aren’t jam packed with all sorts of electronic b*ll$hit? I know im not the only one whos had enough of the complexity of modern cars; you can actually buy a brand new Lada Niva in Englnad, I recon of someone imported a few Bread Loaves they’d go like hot cakes! Only thing is they might have to be modified to meet the stricter emissions standards perhaps

    • Well, the safety part is not up to date. In front part (in front of seats) the outside and the inside is separated literally just by the sheet metal (At least used to be on the production model). So in case of frontal impact and apart from the bumper there is nothing more to protect you. It may not sound as match, but it gives a different impression when you look at that bear thin metal wall from inside.

  2. The last photo is a custom job on a common Japanese mini van with cosmetic change to the front of the body and not an imported vehicle from Russia.


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