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How Amazing Are These Soviet Vehicles?

Updated: Apr 9, 2021

The Soviet motor vehicle industry started with the establishment of large car manufacturing plants during the first five-year plan in 1928-1932. By the mid-50s, 54.2 thousand passenger cars and 313.6 thousand trucks were registered in the USSR. Most of the vehicles were state-owned. Before its dissolution, the USSR produced 2.1-2.3 million automobiles per year, and was world’s sixth largest automotive producer.

GAZ 24 Volga, 1980s

VNIIT-PT concept taxi van, 1964

"Kharkovchanka" all-terrain vehicle, meant to conquer the Arctic and the Antarctic in the 1950s

GAZ-M20 Pobeda Sport car prototype, 1951

"Buran" snowmobile, 1970s

Camel shaped propaganda vehicle, Soviet Central Asia, 1930s

PAZ-672 passenger bus, 1969

Moskvich 412 advertising poster, 1970s

BelAZ-540 heavy-duty dump truck prototype designed by Valentin Kobylinsky,1965

ZIL-49061 "Blue Bird" amphibious rescue vehicle, used for the recovery of Soyuz space crews, 1975

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