Image How the Soviet front-wheel drive was born

The promising debut in 1986 of Moskvich-2141 - the first front-wheel drive car in the history of the plant - was immediately overshadowed by the lack of a truly suitable capacious hatchback engine. UZAM engines with a volume of 1.5 liters and a VAZ with a volume of 1.6 liters were obviously rather weak for him.

In addition, the novelty was not distinguished by high quality workmanship. However, the car had advantages.

In addition, when it was created, it was planned, of course, that the modifications by which the 41st really grew. Only completely different - made, by the way, including abroad. What was not among them! True, mostly prototypes, at best - small-scale versions. Today, when the passions in the plant more or less subsided, you can look at all this simply from a historical perspective.

Kalita, Yuri Dolgoruky, Duet and a number of little-known 41s - in the gallery below.

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