Here’s That Soviet-Era 4x4 You’ve Always Wanted
The company UAZ has a very checkered history—but nonetheless intriguing. Officially beginning production in 1941 as a distributor to ZIS and GAZ, it wasn’t until 1954 that UAZ branched out with its own design office, producing vehicles using its own moniker under the watchful eye of the Red Army. Arguably UAZ's most iconic vehicle came in 1971, with the introduction of the 469 and its following iterations. Similar to the Willy’s Jeep produced years earlier, it was light, it was capable, and it was mostly used on the battlefield. Believe it or not, UAZ still produces these unique 4x4s to this day. But the one you see here is a pristine example from 1980, slated for civilian use, and for sale on eBay with a starting bid of just $10,000. RELATED: Check Out ICON's Old School CJ3B Jeep
Ditching the original 2.4-liter engine in place of something with a bit more grunt, under the hood you’ll find a 3.0-liter diesel engine off a Mercedes-Benz, with just 6,000 miles on the odometer. Paired to it is a manual gearbox, four-wheel drive (of course), and power steering, which didn’t come from the factory.
The seller says, it’s “the only one in the world with this engine,” not to mention the addition of power steering, likely the only example in the world with that as well. Finish that off with a fully functional interior, a pristine Army-green exterior, and a functional canvas top, and it makes for Soviet-era off-road nirvana.
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