How ironic - The way Ukrainians and Romanians have both managed to convert their glorious past into the not-so-glorious cars:From Zaporizhska Sich - to Zaporozhets.From Dacia - to, well, Dacia.
Don't forget the ever-popular Moskvych!
I only knew the Zaporozhets by its nickname - the invalidka. Perhaps they're not so glorious, but I think they're cute. I recently saw one (model ZAZ-965/965A, according to that Wikipedia article) here in SPb with a high-quality new paint job (bright pink!) and an ad for a mini-hotel on the side. I thought that was very clever. :-)
Very interesting post for me. I love little cars like that. They might be a little more glorious than you think with oil prices such as they are now.
Coincidentally, Kostia was talking about the Zaporozhets last night and he set me straight: it's not the same as the invalidka. And now that I remember the two or three real invalidkas I've seen, they I realize that they are even smaller than the the Zaporozhets. The pink car I saw was a ZAZ-965/965A, though.Kostia also told me an old joke about the Zaporozhets: "Just 15 minutes of shame, and you're at work!"
That’s the car.
Dear neeka. Yeh the dacias were everywhere in Romania but the recent ones are really nice, they really do look a lot like renaults.
As Zadornov said: "Kto by dumal, chto Zaporozhets stenet inomarkoi?""Who would have thought that the Zaporozhets would become a foreign (by implication prestigious or quality) car?"
That's because Renault bought Dacia in 1998.Today’s echo of the Zaporozhets is called the Lanos (aka Sranos).