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    Our family car, 1964 Moskvich 403. Dad bought it used in 1972 for 4,400 rubles. It was 2,500 rubles new. That was roughly what both of my parents made per annum. Officially, 45 hp but that was on premium gas, which wasn't sold in the USSR. Its 0-60 was .... uh, wasn't. We only once got it to 55 mph and that was on a rare (only?) highway near Kiev.


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    Of course, survival was more important than speed because this is how a typical Soviet road looked.

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    Oddly enough, this was near Minsk around 1982-84, with the photo taken by Vadim Kachan (who just happens to be a father-in-law of one of the DVXUser members)


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    And, while looking for more road photos, I stumbled onto an album taken in the summer of 1981 by a foreign auto tourist named Jorgensen. Photos are in color, something that was very rare in those days for the domestic enthusiasts.

    http://lj.rossia.org/users/dr_bogdanov/7417815.html

    Most of the pictures are from the Soviet Northwest, including quite a few pictures from what was then known as Leningrad.


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    Speaking of Russian cars - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3I9AdLnjP0M


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    Yup, the waiting list for a new automobile was about a decade but you only had to pay for the car when receiving it. The wait for new apartments could be even longer but those were often free. Co-ops had a 3-4 year wait but one had to pay for it via the 3% mortgage. The waiting list for furniture was about two years. Electronics - TV/radio - were generally available in stores. The plumbers was a no wait, only a few days.

    We had to wait about nine months to apply for our immigration papers. Sort of. The KGB immigration office took two applications per day twice a week. To avoid the long and unnecessary lines at a KGB building, the records were kept privately by a chosen immigrant of high morals (or, sometimes, someone who could write). My parents tried to time our filing with my high school graduation and signed up for it in January of 1978. I graduated after the Super Finals at the end of June, got my KomSoMol membership revoked in middle of July and mom then went into the immigration office on August, 8. We received the permit on October, 12th and left on November, 27th. Just about forty two years ago.


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    I get a kick out of some of the videos on a Youtube channel called Aging Wheels, hosted by a young guy who buys exotic cheap cars, like a 1981 Trabant.

    The car was made in East Germany 1963-1989, and it went almost completely unchanged throughout its production, including the same 2-cylinder engine that put out a whopping 26 horsepower.

    That was barely enough, since it weighed just 1,300 lb., owing to its simplicity and panels made out of recycled cotton. "This little plastic communist car made out of old Soviet pants is going to provide me so much entertainment . . . "

    An Introduction To My Trabant, by Aging Wheels (8:46)


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    A post from a Russian language history site Diletant informs of the passing of Vladimir Musaelnyan, who was Leonid Brezhnev's photographer 1969-1982. One of his photos. (don't know who that other guy in a red jacket is)

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    Quote Originally Posted by DLD View Post
    A post from a Russian language history site Diletant informs of the passing of Vladimir Musaelnyan, who was Leonid Brezhnev's photographer 1969-1982. One of his photos. (don't know who that other guy in a red jacket is)

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    Beautiful color quality. They are sitting uncomfortably close to each other. Maybe personal space invasions are a politics thing. That would be a good name for a parody video game: Personal Space Invaders, where you dodge annoying people


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    Quote Originally Posted by ahalpert View Post
    Beautiful color quality. They are sitting uncomfortably close to each other. Maybe personal space invasions are a politics thing. That would be a good name for a parody video game: Personal Space Invaders, where you dodge annoying people
    Beautiful color quality? lol...makes sense you went with the Sony.

    And it's not uncomfortable; just how humans used to interact with each other for millions of years.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ahalpert View Post
    Beautiful color quality. They are sitting uncomfortably close to each other. Maybe personal space invasions are a politics thing...
    Brezhnev was all hands.

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