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"Zaporozhets" ZAZ-968M ("Запорожец" ЗАЗ-968М)


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 Manufacturer ZAZ (Zaporizhian Automobile Plant)
 Model name "Zaporozhets" ZAZ-968M ("Запорожец" ЗАЗ-968M)
 Years of production  1973 - 1979
 Body style  2 door coupe, 4 passengers
 Car layout 4 × 2. Rear-engine, rear-wheel-drive

MeMZ-968, 4 cyl. 1.2 L. 41 hp.
MeMZ-968G, 4 cyl. 1.2 L. 45 hp.
MeMZ-968B, 4 cyl. 1.2 L. 50 hp.

 Transmission  4-speed manual
 Max speed 120 km/h
 Fuel tank capacity 40 L
 Fuel consumption 6 - 10 L / 100 km.
 Dimensions 3730x1570x1400 mm.
 Cargo capacity 320 kg.
 Curb weight 860 kg.











The second generation of the Zaporozhets was a series of subcompact cars, production starting of the 966 in November 1966. The 966 was discontinued in 1972, with the introduction of the ZAZ 968. The 968 was discontinued in 1978, having been produced simultaneously with the newer 968A since 1973, which was produced until 1980. It introduced new safety measures, including a safer driving wheel and a plastic dashboard instead of the earlier metal one.

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In 1979, the 968 series was replaced by the modernized 968M. Prototyped in 1977, it had the "ears" removed and replaced much of the chrome exterior with black plastic. Its interior design was also upgraded, featuring a closed-space glove compartment and a slightly more modern dashboard. It was offered with either the MeMZ 968E (40 hp (30 kW; 41 PS), carbureted, low-compression for 76-octane fuel); 968GE (40 hp (30 kW; 41 PS), dual carburettor); or the MeMZ 968BE (50 hp (37 kW; 51 PS), 8.4:1 compression, for 93-octane). Instead of the side-mounted "ears", the hood lid and rear quarter panels were louvered.

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The 968M is the most contemporary Zaporozhets model and also spent the most time in production, spanning a career from 1979 to 1 June 1994. Some of its special variants include the ZAZ-968MB2, for drivers who have only one foot, the ZAZ-968MB for drivers who have no feet.

Planned 968s with 1,300 cc (79 cu in) or 1,400 cc (85 cu in) engines were never realized.

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The Zaporozhets was the first real "people's car" of the USSR, the only car that ordinary citizens might hope to own (after sitting on a waiting list for many years, of course), and it was a simple, reliable (by Soviet standards) machine, tolerant of rough roads and indifferent maintenance.

(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)


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