Hard to believe the country that put the first orbiter into space also, and simultaneously we may add, developed the often scorned ‘hunchback’, a nickname coined for the ZAZ-965, due to it’s sloping hatchback. Reeling from the national pride generated by beating the United States in round one of the ‘Space Race’ and to punctuate the country’s postwar rebirth and vitality, Khrushchev wanted a car that all could afford, so the designers hastily went to work. As was typical for that time, large-scale production of the ZAZ-965 came only after the prototype was showcased to Khrushchev at the Kremlin. He was quite satisfied with the little machine, and especially pleased to find that the wide doors on the little egg shaped vehicle permitted his corpulent figure to nestle into the driver’s seat.
The car for the average Soviet