The “first SUV”

“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.”

- Wikipedia


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4 comments to The “first SUV”

  • Mike

    Woa! That’s a thoroughly hot-rodded example with big rims and tyres - the standard appearance (with wheels and tyres that look - quite predictably - as if they almost belong on a Series I Land Rover) can be seen here:

  • Mike

    More pics here:

  • iPalmetto

    I’m sorry, but that’s not an SUV, it’s a crossover.

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