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"Zaporozhets" ZAZ-966 ("Запорожец" ЗАЗ-966)


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 Manufacturer ZAZ (Zaporizhian Automobile Plant)
 Model name "Zaporozhets" ZAZ-966 ("Запорожец" ЗАЗ-966)
 Years of production  1966 - 1972
 Body style  2 door coupe, 4 passengers
 Car layout 4 × 2. Rear-engine, rear-wheel-drive

ZAZ-966V, 4 cyl. 0.87 L. 27-30 hp.

MeMZ-968, 4 cyl. 1.2 L. 40-43 hp.

 Transmission  4-speed manual
 Max speed 120 km/h
 Fuel tank capacity 40 L
 Fuel consumption 5.9 L / 100 km.
 Dimensions 3730x1535x1370 mm.
 Cargo capacity 320 kg.
 Curb weight 720 kg.











The second generation of the Zaporozhets was a series of subcompact cars, production starting of the 966 in November 1966, although the prototype was working on as 1961. It had a completely restyled bodywork (done entirely by ZAZ[14]), no longer resembling the Fiat 600 and arguably similar to the Chevrolet Corvair or the NSU Prinz.

1960 corvair

This was an effort to cure some of the 965's issues, such as torsion bars that lost tension, suicide doors, and engine overheating and noise. The engine was the 30 hp (22 kW; 30 PS) 887 cc (54.1 cu in) MeMZ 966A. A radio was standard equipment. The price had inched up, too, from 1,800 rubles at the 965's debut to 2,200 by 1969.


While featuring a larger two-door notchback saloon body, it still featured an air-cooled V4 engine and featured more prominent air intakes – the so-called "ears", although a decorative chrome grille was also present. The car's rear suspension was also replaced. The 966 started out as the simpler ZAZ-966V (ЗАЗ-966В in Cyrillic) with the 30 hp (22 kW; 30 PS) engine from the 965A, which was also featured on all later models. Much like the 965A, the 966V was also produced in several special variants for the disabled (VR, VB, VB2 - until January 1973). It was produced in tandem with the 965 from November 1966 to May 1969.

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ZAZ launched an upgraded 966B in 1968, powered by a new 40 hp (30 kW; 41 PS) 1,197 cc (73.0 cu in) MeMZ 968 V4, while the 30 hp (22 kW; 30 PS) 966A-powered model became the 966-1 which was only ever produced in small numbers. The 966B, weighing in at 780 kg (1,720 lb), was heavier than the earlier model, but faster, reaching 75 mph (121 km/h).

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The 966 was discontinued in 1972, with the introduction of the ZAZ 968. Nicknamed "Zapo" in the Eastern Bloc, the 966 was also popular in Western Europe, including some Scandinavian countries and France. Some markets fitted a 956 cc (58.3 cu in) Renault engine.

(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)



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