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Mega-Rally of Vintage Cars Zaporozhets | On 20th of July 2014 in Odessa
Mega-Rally of Vintage Cars Zaporozhets | On 20th of July 2014 in Odessa

On 20th of July 2014 in Odessa will take place Mega-Rally of Vintage Cars Zaporozhets - first time on the streets of Odessa will drive as one convoy more than 40 original Zaporozhets cars made of USSR.

Mega-Rally of Vintage Cars Zaporozhets will be held in the center of Odessa on Deribasivska Street at 11:00-13:00.

Information about creation of Zaporozhets cars

Zaporizhzhya Automobile Factory (Zaporizhzhya factory "Kommunar") has a long history. It was founded in 1863 by Dutchman Abraham Coop and specialized in production of agricultural machinery. In 1923 Abraham Coop's factory was nationalized and renamed "Kommunar".

Retaining the main direction of activity the factory started production of combines and tractors. In 1961 the factory was renamed in Zaporizhzhya Automobile Building Factory and it unfolds Zaporozhets car production.

History of Zaporozhets began in the late fifties when it became clear that USSR needs a small car - a sort of "people's car". The creation of first Zaporozhets began in late 1956. The basis was taken of Italian Fiat 600 and development instructed Moscow Small Car Plant.

Already in 1957 was created a prototype of the future Zaporozhets with codename "Moskvich-444" and was just five experimental cars. By 1958 it became clear that a fully loaded Moscow Small Car Plant facilities did not have enough workspace for the production of a new small-car.

On November 28, 1958 USSR Council of Ministers adopts a historic decision on the organization at Zaporizhzhya Factory of Agricultural Machinery "Kommunar" production of a new car. Engine supplier appointed Melitopol Engine Plant.

First became Zaporozhets ZAZ-965 (1961), followed by model ZAZ-966 (1966), ZAZ 968 (1972), ZAZ 968A (1973), ZAZ 968M (1979).

Total production of all Zaporozhets cars was released about three million copies.

Organizers of Mega-Rally of Vintage Cars Zaporozhets

Odesa City Council
Deribasivska Street
Odesa, Ukraine

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