Finding an early "Humpbacked" ZAZ-965 in our time is a great success. "Zaporozhtsev" with parking lights on the wings were produced only a few thousand copies, and only a few remained in good condition.
The car in the photo - at first glance, is in a depressing state. However, upon closer examination, it becomes clear that the car is almost completely complete and even the body is still painted with its own paint. Of course - such a technique needs a comprehensive restoration, but as a preparation for these purposes the apparatus is very, very worthy.
The car was produced at the very beginning of 1961. Judging by the records that I was able to find in the shipment book of the Zaporozhye automobile plant "Kommunar", this car was sent from Zaporozhye to the city of Lisichansk, then Voroshilovgrad region (now Luhansk). The body number is 1658, the chassis number is 601654.
At the time of its appearance in 1960, "Zaporozhets" cost 18,000 pre-reform rubles - however, in reality, only a small batch of cars was produced that year, mainly sold to allied factories of ZAZ, the first commercial vehicles went on sale after the monetary reform, at the price of 1 800 rubles.
With the average wage in the USSR in the early 1960s, this value correlated approximately as 20: 1, that is, "Zaporozhets" could be bought for about 20 average wages in the country.
The car has been in the hands of one single owner all its life, even the numbers are still black with the letters VGA, which were just issued in those years in the Voroshilovgrad region.
The car has preserved almost all the specific parts that were installed on the 965s of the earliest releases (about 3,000 of the first cars that rolled off the assembly line).
First of all, these are "drops" of direction indicators on the front fenders (the fenders themselves have a different radius of curvature): a very rare rarity today. No less interesting are the original air intake pads on the sidewalls of the body. On the front - the inscription "Zaporozhets", crowned at the end with a zigzag stroke in the form of a lightning. The aluminum rims of the door frame do not fit under the window lock, but in the middle of the rear door pillar.
Only the very first Zaporozhian Cossacks were equipped with a hood with slots in a semicircle, as well as a massive duralumin body of the license plate light (FP-111-3717000).
From the factory, the car was powered by a MeMZ-965 engine (air-cooled) with a working volume of 746 "cubes" and a power of only 23 hp. The early motor is easily recognizable by the two valve cover bolts. With such a unit, the maximum speed of the car was 90 km / h, and the control fuel consumption was 6.5 l / 100 km. However, there is already a later MeMZ-966 engine with a working volume of 887 "cubes" with a capacity of 27 hp.
In the cabin, you can immediately notice the floor gas pedal and the absence of a plug socket under the torpedo.
The rear-view mirror is small, rectangular in shape with rounded edges.
The door opening mechanism does not have a rotary handle; instead, a latch handle is used. Alas, belt hinges for slamming doors have not survived here.
The upholstery of the armchairs is completely fabric, without leatherette inserts The pattern of the fabric ("house") differs from the subsequent releases ("diamond"). But the door cards are, on the contrary, completely made of leatherette, in body color. Front seats - without backrest folding mechanism.
On this "Zaporozhets" there is a native KP-210 instrument panel with warning lamps for emergency pressure and emergency oil temperature. The body of the shield is made of black plastic and painted beige.
More information about this instance can be found in the new video:
Also in my blog you can read about the new ZAZ-1102 Tavria of 1991 with a mileage of 905 km, the rarest hunchbacked "Zaporozhets" ZAZ-965 with body number 1373, ZAZ-1102 "Tavria" of 1989 with a mileage of 169 km, the rarest pickup ZAZ-968MP with a range of 179 km, ZAZ-968A of 1976 with a range of 6 km, the above - mentioned ZAZ-968M of 1984 with a range of 4536 km and a banana-yellow ZAZ-968M of 1987 with a range of 159 km. In the cycle "Ours Abroad" I talked about the export versions of ZAZ 965 Jalta, ZAZ 966/968 and 1102 Tavria . Our recent trip for the "Time Capsule"ZAZ-968 1974with 8435 km mileage is described here .