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  • Jason O

    In Soviet Russia, car drives you.

    • Lyford Hale

      GAZ M21 — “The car was fitted with a 2.4 liter, 75 bhp (break horse power) engine.”

      Personally, I enjoyed learning that the power of Eastern Block cars is measured in BREAK horsepower. That seems particularly fitting when discussing the Trabby, but I thought some of its siblings were fairly reliable. Am I wrong?

  • mariuss72

    That’s very interesting, but you should make a correction. This cars were built in countries under communist regime, not only in communist Russia or USSR. Romania, Czechoslovakia and East Germany were never part of USSR.

    • Gwhat

      I noticed this as well, the title really needs to be changed

    • CTKid

      A more accurate title would be “Top Ten Iconic Cars from the Eastern Bloc”

  • Bill

    What – no Lada??

    • mariuss72

      look again, it’s number 3…


      Ladas (Fiat 1300’s) were fairly popular in Canada in the 70’s and there are a lot of them rusting away in barns up there. They were also sold in Poland as Polski Fiats and in the USSR itself, they were called Zhiguli.

      The Tatras you show down the list are great cars except for their swing axle rear suspension (similar to early VW’s and 60-64 Corvairs) and during WW 2, German officers were forbidden to drive them because of their high fatality rate due to sudden onset oversteer. You can see 5 different Tatras at the Lane Motor Museum in Nashville.

      Volgas are now badge engineered Dodge Stratus’s. VW took over the Zhiguli works at Togliattigrad.

      Just FYI, Buicks and Cadillacs are now built in China for the Asian market – and selling like gangbusters.

  • THATguy

    Lol, Thanx top tenz, i needed the laugh this morning! ICONIC cars?? These cars are all sh*t! You couldnt PAY me to drive one…no wonder communism failed!

  • Alex

    So iconic no one has heard of them!

  • Levothread

    What about the Yugo from Yugoslavia? Both the country and the car no longer here. I don’t know about the country but the car was a piece of garbage. One of my old classmates thought he’d finally found a car he could afford, then the door fell off, no parts, no service, no luck $1800 down the drain

    • CTKid

      Yugoslavia was a sort of a “bufferzone” between the two blocs, East and West, and, although communist, was not part of the Eastern Bloc

  • jawathehutt

    How do you double the value of a Trabant? Fill its tank up half way. How do you quadruple the value of a trabant? Put a banana in the backseat.

  • ParusMajor

    Great list! I’d like to add the legendary (amongst some weird people) Pobeda GAZ-M20. My grandfather had a Pobeda GAZ-M20. He also had a Chevrolet Chevy 1962, a Volkswagen Beetle, an Oldsmobile 88 and some other cars. He had many cars, he was a car enthusiast. 😀

  • Mister 1960

    Hey, no GAZ Chaika?

    (AKA The ‘Red Packard’)

    Come on Now… 🙂

  • Hansi

    half of these cars arent built in russia 🙂 otherwise enjoyed the reading