The Trabant 601s, the "volkswagen" (people’s car) of the East. Produced in Zwickau, East Germany between 1963–1990, it quickly became the most iconic car of the Warsaw pact, on par with Western cars such as the Beetle and Mini. It is remembered by many in the West from scenes of people driving them into West Germany during the fall of the Berlin wall and by people in the East for the clouds of white smoke and the popping sound that its 2 cylinder, 2 stroke, half-liter engine made.
Sadly, the Trabant never made it into the Soviet Union, but everyone recognizes the most legendary Soviet car ever made, the Lada 1200, produced on Taviana as the TMZ 1200 by the Tavianskiy Mashinostroitelniy Zavod (Taviana Machine Works). Many are unaware, but this legendary vehicle is basically the Italian Fiat 124 manufactured in the Soviet Union under license.
Another people’s car is the ZAZ-968 produced in Zaporizhzhia, Ukrainian SSR (produced as the TMZ 968 in the Taviana SSR).
And last but not least, the legendary ZIL 130 (produced as TMZ 130 in the Taviana SSR). This legendary truck came in every possible variation from flatbed, to crane to box back to the cistern.
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