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Forgotten stars of the Soviet automobile industry

Soviet sports cars, auto rarities of USSR


Soviet sports cars - MAZ-1500

Since the mid 1950s to early 1970s leading to the production of sports cars was, no doubt, ZIL. It was at this plant were going to the most advanced, technically sophisticated, and as a consequence - the world's fastest sports cars. Suffice it to recall the many reincarnations of the ZIL-112, whose latest release (1961) became the most successful Soviet sports car.

But, nevertheless, one of the most advanced in design (at the end of the 1950s), the car was not designed in Moscow and in Minsk - the plant MAZ.

In 1959, a team of enthusiasts under the direction of VV Maiboroda created two MAZ-1500, resembled Mercedes Benz 300SLR not only externally but also on a number of technical solutions.

Vehicle frame was a farm of small diameter (18 and 25 mm), which was based on a fiberglass body. Thanks to such innovations weight MAZ-1500 was only 730 kg.

Among the other features - made from the wheels to the frame front and rear brake drums with developed fins for better cooling. Mounting the wheels of its central wing nut. The independent suspension front and rear suspension like "De Dion" elastic element are placed along the machine torsion bars.

The car came with a motor "Moskvich-407" volume of 1358 cubic centimeters. with four carburetors "Lenkarz-K28", 60 hp at 5000 rev / min. Maximum speed - 165 km / h.

Unfortunately, the lack of interest in management of the plant is not allowed to bring cars to the mind, and their enormous potential has remained unrealized. The best result shown MAZ-1500 for the stage of the championship of the USSR - 5th place.

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