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Old 29th September 2012, 23:24   #1
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The cars from the erstwhile Second World or the Communist States, within the old Soviet Union's sphere of influence are different from the normal cars that originated from the developed countries (or the First World) and were available mostly, all over the world.
The cars in the Eastern Bloc were based on either old western collaborations or were unique and had the "one of a kind" touch that made them stand apart.
While Cuba preferred the old American imports tinkering them to keep them running, the other countries in the Eastern Bloc either made their own cars or imported them from the USSR.
Trabant was the famous brand from East Germany or the German Socialist Republic, while Skoda had its Czech origin.
The brands are listed on this link more precisely:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...an_automobiles

To begin with, here are some pictures. All these bear "Made in USSR" tag and ruled the roads there during the Cold War :

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Gaz 24 Volga

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Gaz M 21 Volga

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Gaz M 21 Volga

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Moskvich 412

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Moskvich 2140

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Moskvich 2140

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Moskvich 2140 Van

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Moskvich Curtea

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Moskvich Curtea

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Vaz 2101 Lada 1200

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Vaz 2101 Lada 1200

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Vaz 2105 Lada Riva

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Two more media pictures of cars from the erstwhile USSR :

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Some more from an old Auto Express, UK, issue:

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Thanks for sharing 'em.
Though crap, they have a certain charm around them, mostly cause thinking of them as the sole automobiles available in their repective country(almost like our License Raj era,though we were a lil' more free in importing)
But for me it's the Project A car in tribute to the Gaz M 21 Volga. The Volga V12 coupe. Absolute beauty.
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Good collections. I only we had a few pics of the Trabant (lovingly called Trabby) as well.
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Another one from the USSR that can fit in here :

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The Lada test track in the then USSR.

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(from Soviet Land)
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More pictures from the erstwhile USSR:

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A street scene

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Leningrad thoroughfare

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A police car
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The East German Trabant is quite famous and tops the list of cars from the Iron Curtain countries, if popularity or even notoriety is taken into consideration. This car was produced from 1957 - 1991 with a noisy, polluting and inefficient 600 cc/ 26 HP (the first model P 50 had a 500 cc engine) , two stroke, two cylinder, air cooled engine. So much so, that its 24 litre petrol tank (within the engine bay) needed to be topped up with the mix of 2 T oil (like we did in Bajaj Supers/ Chetaks, Lambrettas and so on) every time the car went for a top-up. Fuel injection was by gravity (bike and scooter like) and no fuel pump was fitted to the car.
And its also funny to note that the car commanded a huge waiting list and unofficial premiums. The second hand ones were sold for higher prices than the on-road price of the new one. Again, this is similar to our Vespa 150/ Bajaj 150/ Priya/ Super/ Chetak and to some extent Fiats / Premiers which all had huge waiting lists and commanded premiums.
VW fitted the car with a 1043 cc, 4 stroke Polo engine in 1990 and this continued for a year till 1991. 3.7 million Trabants have been made till 1991. Though a respectable figure, this is way below the iconic Beetle that sold about 23 million, till VW stopped its production in Mexico.
Trabant models were named P 50 (1957 - 62),600 (1962-64), 601 (1963 - 1991) and the 1.1 (1990-91) according to wikipedia.The car has also been nicknamed "Trabi" or "Trabbi."
After the two Germany's got unified,the car's production had to stop.The older two-stroke engine emitted four times the amount of pollutants that normal European cars emitted.

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Logos- will anybody steal these?

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The 500 cc Trabi P 50

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A 601 from 1963

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A 601 Limousine (thats not a joke but the real name)

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The dash - our Ace / AL Dost/ Minidor too have such a rudimentary dash

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The 601 engine bay with the 600 cc 2 stroke 2 cyl and the gravity-using fuel supply lines- but they have used insulation material under the bonnet!

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Trabant 1.1 (with VW Polo engine)
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The UAZ 469 assembly line at the Lenin Works, Ulyanovsk. It was a common MUV in the erstwhile Soviet Union and the Eastern Bloc.

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The Volga GAZ 24 car assembly line from Gorky, Russia during the 1970's. It was USSR not Russia then!

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The Volga GAZ 24 First Series (1968-1977)

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This was followed by the GAZ 24 Second Series (1977-1985)
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More pictures from the Eastern Bloc:

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Soviet made truck in Afghanistan

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Zhiguli car assembly line at Volzhsky plant

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Lada cars being transported

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I am a big fan of Wartburgs. Below is a video of one of them in action in a rally. Just fantastic.



I have seen a couple of Ladas in africa. Will take pics and post if I see any soon.
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Some more pictures of these erstwhile second world (mainly the old USSR or Soviet Union) automobiles -

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An advertisement for a Lada Samara from an Indian magazine.

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