1956 GAZ Pobeda
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|Engine size - Displacement - Engine capacity:||2100 cm3|
|Transmission Gearbox - Number of speeds:||Manual|
|Drive wheels - Traction - Drivetrain:||FR or RR|
|Price (out of date):||$50000|
1956 GAZ Pobeda specs, Engine size 2100cm3, Fuel type Gasoline, Drive wheels FR or RR, Transmission Gearbox Manual
Many American engineers and skilled auto workers moved to the Soviet Union to work at GAZ. A few American workers stayed on after the plant's completion in 1932, and became victims of Stalin's Great Terror, either shot or exiled to Soviet gulags. The factory's name changed when the city was renamed after Maxim Gorky. From 1935 to 1956, the official name was augmented with imeni Molotova (literally, named after Molotov).
The GAZ-A was succeeded by the more modern GAZ M1 (based largely on the Ford V8), produced from 1936 to 1942. The M letter stands for Molotovets ('of Molotov's fame'), it was the origin of the car's nickname, M'ka (Эмка).
Experience with the A and the M1 allowed the GAZ engineers to develop their own car model independently of Ford. Called the GAZ 11, this more upscale model entered production in 1942 and remained in limited wartime production until 1946. The M2's bodyshell entered limited production in 1941, mounted on a four-wheel drive chassis and sold in small quantities as the GAZ-61 (quite possibly the world's first all-wheel drive passenger car).
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