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  1. 13 hours ago, AnthonyG said:

    Apparently IZH ones were better built, and were regarded as more robust than the original Moskvitch, certainly by those who lived way out in the Soviet sticks.

    Think I’m right in saying IZH, a massive engineering factory, is/was Ukrainian? 

    Phun phact - IZH also make the Kalashnikov rifle and motorbikes. I had an IZH (marketed here as a Neval) Planeta and sidecar, which was considerably better than the popular motorbike mags seemed to suggest (quelle surprise).

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    Like this, but maroon and with a sidecar.

    IZH are based in Izhevsk (see what they did there?), which is well and truly in Russia, near the Ural mountains. IZH are now known as the 'Kalashnikov Group'.

  2. 8 minutes ago, EyesWeldedShut said:

    There was a guy in the village I grew up in that had one of the these (I think it was white and a nagging feeling it may have been an estate).
    This would be around 1976 - no idea if it was RHD - he was a Glasgow guy and would be up and down the road to there (so I think the dealer would have been up that way).
    The robust* machine did not fare well with our seaside air and the salt on the roads - it was replaced by a Lada which fared similarly well*

    Moskvitch's were sold in the UK in the early '70's and did quite well until the Consumer Association laid into them due to 'safety problems'. The same safety problems which every other make of car suffered from at the time (because safety wasn't a thing back then). Anyhow Moskvitch's sales plummeted and they withdrew from the UK. Some conspiracy theorists believed that the Association were steered towards the foul commie car by the press departments of more established manufacturers....

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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moskvitch_412#:~:text=01 Pickup truck-,Sales in the UK,some 300 cars were sold.

    The Moskvitch sold here was the 412, I clearly remember them - the van version was used on Hull Docks as utility run arounds. The version I posted above is the facelift of it, a model that had escaped  my attention until a few hours ago.

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  3. On 09/04/2024 at 22:04, AnthonyG said:

    Wasn’t 5 star the UK version of the super premium stuff you used to get in  the states before catalytic converters killed it off? Whatever ‘Hi-Test’ was? I have a vague memory of Jill StJohn asking for it for her Mustang Mach 1 in Diamonds are Forever. 

    There was a Sunoco blend of this stuff which was fairly legendary amongst the muscle car crowd. 

    Edit: looking at wiki, American super premium petrol, such as Sunoco’s ‘260’, was 102 Octane, so higher than British 5 star.

    'Hi-Test' is the name given to 300 volume/100% hydrogen peroxide used as rocket fuel. It is incredibly dangerous. stuff https://www.chemeurope.com/en/encyclopedia/High_test_peroxide.html#:~:text=High test peroxide or HTP,mixture of steam and oxygen.

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