“The GAZ-M20 “Pobeda” (Russian: ГАЗ-М20 Победа; Победа means “Victory”) was a passenger car produced in the Soviet Union by GAZ from 1946 until 1958. In 1955-57, several thousands were built with a four-wheel drive system adapted from a contemporary Soviet military vehicle (GAZ-69) for cross-country travel (designated GAZ-M-72). Russian references credit these as possibly being the first comfortable off-road vehicle with a closed unitized body.”
GAZ-M20 "Pobeda" Sport The GAZ-M20 "Pobeda" (ГАЗ-М20 Победа; Победа, Victory) was a passenger car produced in the Soviet Union by GAZ from 1946 until 1958. It was also licensed to Polish Fabryka Samochodów Osobowych.
The first "SUV": GAZ-M-72. The GAZ-M-20 prototype (2wd 5 seat passenger car) was first built in 1944 by GAZ in the Soviet Union and production didn’t begin until 1946. The GAZ-M-20 was also known as “Pobeda” which meant victory. Starting in 1955 they combined the chassis of a GAZ-69 and the body of the GAZ-M-20 to build the 4wd GAZ-M-72. Production of this vehicle was from 1955 – 1958 and a total of 4667 units were produced.
Unfortunately, Soviet carmakers didn’t have much to offer. However, there were some nice up-to-date cars worth mentioning like the GAZ-M20 Pobeda or the VAZ-2121 Niva, one of the first Soviet compact and