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