The fascinating origins of the Soviet car industry

One of the most fascinating facts about Soviet cars was that almost all of them were licensed vehicles from the US and Western countries. Despite the anti-communist rhetoric, car companies and equipment manufacturers in the West were more than happy to receive “red” gold. Subsequent models were designed and built by the Soviets themselves, but on mostly foreign equipment. Demand for high quality tools and equipment was so high that starting from the 1920s Soviet engineers and bureaucrats traveled to the West to buy all that was needed.