One of Soviet car brands - Moskvitsch. Have spent my childhood with two of them. Lousy and low quality as hell, but that's better than no car at all. My father learned all about it and repaired the car himself. In Soviet Union when you purchased a new car a lot of work was ahead. It took one - two months to complete the "machine building" because in factory they forgot one or another screw, others were not screwed to the end, one or another detail was missing, something was misplaced etc. etc. But finally, after hard work the car was usable. Fuel was very cheap and if the car lasted, you could drive wherever you liked. Cars were sturdy to survive the terrible roads.
It was like meeting childhood to see this one standing in Boulevards of Riga. Have no clue why it has been served as a present. May be the former owner just presents it to the city...
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Davids (56) 2005-09-07 11:57
Aaaah, the delux model, with windscreenwipers!!
Wonderful photo! I added it to the theme of funny little cars I started.
First I thought it was for a wedding, but I think you're right, it must have been a gift, but it looks like it didn't made it to the party . . . .
radodechkov (265) 2006-07-16 8:52
My uncle has exactly the same car and still drive it
xuaxo (6854) 2007-10-12 5:29
The note is a very nice story; it recalls my childhood - in Portugal, with an even smaller Fiat 600.
The photo would be nicer without the other car with the door closed.