How does a "Zaporozhets" worth 19 million rubles look like, which was collected by tuning lovers

How does a "Zaporozhets" worth 19 million rubles look like, which was collected by tuning lovers
How does a "Zaporozhets" worth 19 million rubles look like, which was collected by tuning lovers
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“Zaporozhets” and premium are two maximally incompatible concepts, because even in Soviet times it was positioned as a utilitarian car for the people. Also try to find a car cheaper than the Humpbacked. Well, just not in the case of our today's hero, because you will have a lot of fingers of one hand to count cars more expensive than him. Today we are getting acquainted with the ZAZ-965 for - take a deep breath - 19 million (!) Rubles.

ZAZ-965 "Zaporozhets" began to be produced back in 1960. Then it cost 1800 "post-reform" rubles. According to one of the legends, this price was chosen because that was the price of one thousand half-liter bottles of vodka. It is not clear what the meaning of this pricing is, but it is absolutely certain that with such a price in those years, the Humpbacked was the only car available to an ordinary Soviet family.

Interesting fact: When developing the "965", ZAZ engineers were guided by the Italian Fiat 600. These two cars are really very similar.

These two definitely have something in common
These two definitely have something in common

A lot of time has passed since those times, "Zaporozhets" has become a rarity, and not very rare, and therefore not too valuable. In fact, all its value was reduced only to warm memories of childhood among those "born in the USSR". And also "Cossacks" of various modifications have become quite popular among fans of all kinds of tuning. For some reason they liked the paradox that turns out if you make a supercar out of a utilitarian ZAZ. There are quite a few "Superhumpbacks" and "Megaushasty" collected, and each is unique in its own way, but they all have a common idea, such a "great dream" when they create from the "ugly duckling", not just a "beautiful swan", but almost a spaceship! In the case of the hero of this material - an ooooooo expensive "almost spaceship".

Appliances in the glove compartment. I wonder if the legendary hatch at the passenger's feet was left?
Appliances in the glove compartment. I wonder if the legendary hatch at the passenger's feet was left?

But how fair would it be to call this apparatus "Zaporozhets"? After all, it is built on the platform Lotus Exige Cup, the engine is taken from the same place. From the original car, there are only some body elements. In fact, this car is a free interpretation of the Humpbacked design idea based on the units of a classic British coupe. The creators have invested a lot of effort and money to create a unique …, perhaps, it would be more correct to classify this "Zaporozhets" as a "tuning product" - a unique tuning product. One thing can be said for certain: this car is the most expensive Zaporozhets in the history (of mankind).

There are 237 "horses" more than the base "965"
There are 237 "horses" more than the base "965"

It was estimated at 300,000 thousand dollars (approximately 19 million rubles). And for this money, in addition to the platform and units from Lotus, it has additional devices in the glove compartment, a smartphone charger in place of the ashtray, leather trim, sports buckets with four-point seat belts, a fire extinguishing system, automatically opening rear vents and glass (for access air to the engine) and headlights from Harley-Davidson.

Salon "Zaporozhets" for 300 thousand dollars
Salon "Zaporozhets" for 300 thousand dollars

1.8 liter engine develops 260 hp, which is 237 "horses" more than the base "965", but less than, say, a used Lamborghini Huracan, which can be bought for about the same money. Only there are thousands of Lamborghini, and he is the only one.

What do you think, is this "Humpbacked" that much money, or is it too much?

Of course, the price of this "Zaporozhets" is impressive, which cannot be said about its practicality. But you can't take it away from Budget crossovers with acceleration to hundreds of less than 11 seconds

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