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detritus



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 2012 3:14 pm Post subject: Russian "Prototypes" Reply with quote

This is an article that I found in a Bulgarian car page. This is about the soviet cars that were created as projects and prototype but never get to the market. The link is:

http://www.automedia.bg/news/article_15834.html

and there are some photos in the gallery:

http://www.automedia.bg/gallery/car_123/

If you have any questions I'll be happy to translate.
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rossjools



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2012 8:41 pm Post subject: Reply with quote

Very Happy, In another forum I'm a member of (a Canadian plastic modelling site forum) there was once a discussion about Soviet cars. One of the more red necked US members made the observation that Soviet cars were made by "people who didn't care for people who had no choice". I'd say that Soviet peoples were actually spoiled for choice in the makes and models they could buy if they had the money and were prepared to wait quite a while for their new car. Now in the west the car industry is "rationalizing" its makes and models because to have so many is far too expensive and they can't afford it any more. Admittedly we in the west had far more makes and models than did Soviet peoples but maybe the Soviets weren't so wrong after all.

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Ross.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 7:42 am Post subject: Reply with quote

rossjools wrote:
Very Happy, In another forum I'm a member of (a Canadian plastic modelling site forum) there was once a discussion about Soviet cars. One of the more red necked US members made the observation that Soviet cars were made by "people who didn't care for people who had no choice".


And yet they are still hugely popular today and Lada is the world's 3rd largest automobile manufacturer !!

rossjools wrote:
Now in the west the car industry is "rationalizing" its makes and models because to have so many is far too expensive and they can't afford it any more.


I never thought it was a good idea to offer so much choice in consumer products, specially when you realize it is only a few manufacturers producing the products and branding them differently for the companies selling them. Evil or Very Mad
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rossjools



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 8:57 pm Post subject: Reply with quote

Very Happy, Yes Richard,
I totally agree. Back in the late 60s early 70s I don't know how many models of Ford and Holden there were in Autralia. You could buy a Monaro that was just basically a Belmont (the base model sedan, wagon and ute) in a 2 door coupe. It came complete with three on the tree, unassisted drum brakes all round and no heater demister until 1970 when heater demisters were required on all new cars sold in Australia. The only other difference between a Belmont and the base Monaro was the Monaro had bucket front seats where the Belmont had a bench. The buckets in the Monaro base model weren't reclining, just billy bog basic buckets. But if you had one of these you were still driving a Monaro.

You could of course upgrade to the GTS which had a more powerful six cylinder engine and four on the floor in the lowest spec model and power assisted disc brakes at the front.

Cheers,
Ross.
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