The muscles of the world. Why, after 70 years, a descendant of the Land Rover Series I got an aluminum body again? (part 1)
In 1946, the outstanding British design engineer Maurice Wilkes began developing the Land Rover Series I. For many decades, this car will remain the most popular SUV in the world.…

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Those that rumble in the morning: a history of Soviet garbage trucks
Today, without communal cars, the life of a big city is unthinkable, but it seems that they cause continuous inconvenience to the townspeople. We have already talked about Soviet sweepers…

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Like a Niva, it’s only better: is it worth buying a Toyota RAV4 II for 500 thousand rubles (part 1)
Just a month ago, we thought about buying a third-generation Toyota RAV4 and found out that one of the main problems when choosing is a considerable price level for such…

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Buses from the USSR – serial and experimental

Open resort buses on the ZIS-5 chassis for the health resorts of the Crimea and the Caucasus produced several small factories on imported and domestic AMO and ZIS chassis. In particular, they were made by a Tbilisi company under the tricky name Zakavtopromtorg. After the war, similar cars were built on Gorky chassis, with open buses being made until the second half of the 1960s.

ZIS-5

ZIS-8A – products of the Leningrad ATUL plant on an extended chassis ZIS-8. Machines with a capacity of 48 people (32 passengers rode seated) were made with a third non-driving so-called rolling axle and a 73-horsepower ZIS-5 engine from 1936 to 1941. After the war, similar buses were produced, but with a wagon body. Continue reading

The muscles of the world. Why, after 70 years, a descendant of the Land Rover Series I got an aluminum body again? (part 1)

In 1946, the outstanding British design engineer Maurice Wilkes began developing the Land Rover Series I. For many decades, this car will remain the most popular SUV in the world. At the same time, another great Briton, Winston Churchill, made a famous speech in Fulton on the post-war structure of the world. Oddly enough, it can easily be linked with the development of the English automobile industry, because the first Land Rover all-terrain vehicles became the “muscles of the world”, or rather, the “muscles of peace”, and the ideas embodied in them were developed today – with the release of the new generation Defender.
In the second half of the 40s of the last century, the British government, trying to nourish the country’s weakened economy with hard currency, rigidly quoted the sale of steel. Continue reading

5 reasons to buy and not buy Ford Fiesta Mk6 (part 2)

LOVE # 5: PRACTICE AND QUALITY OF THE SALON
So is everything really bad? Not at all. Firstly, the owners in their reviews positively note both the build quality of the cabin (especially German cars) and the quality of the finishing materials. They highly appreciate both the soft plastic of the front panel, and the pleasant to the touch, but steady and non-marking fabric upholstery of the seats, and the absence of “crickets”.
Ford Fiesta ‘2008 – present
Again, a set of “life goods” (even in top-end configurations) cannot be called luxurious, but all the necessary options are present: folding mirrors, heated seats, multi-wheel steering wheel adjustable in angle and reach, as well as a sufficient number of niches and shelves for small things. The Ford Sync audio system is generally characterized by reviewers exclusively in superlatives, since systems with such sound quality are not so common even in premium cars: “This is a song! I just want to listen and enjoy. Continue reading

5 reasons to buy and not buy Ford Fiesta Mk6 (part 2)
LOVE # 5: PRACTICE AND QUALITY OF THE SALON So is everything really bad? Not at all. Firstly, the owners in their reviews positively note both the build quality of…

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Buses from the USSR - serial and experimental
Open resort buses on the ZIS-5 chassis for the health resorts of the Crimea and the Caucasus produced several small factories on imported and domestic AMO and ZIS chassis. In…

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Hyundai Santa Fe I with mileage: inevitable corrosion due to drainage and a very simple electrician
This mid-size crossover can now be found at a price of 350-400 thousand rubles. They say he has very reliable 6-cylinder engines, and all-wheel drive - like SUVs. The feature…

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Like a Niva, it’s only better: is it worth buying a Toyota RAV4 II for 500 thousand rubles (part 2)
However, those who want a crossover with an automatic transmission will also not be disappointed: this is an old and four-stage, but delightfully reliable Aisin U140. Given in addition that…

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