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Old 03-08-2020, 12:15 AM   #6
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Default Re: Old photo with A and AA

Originally Posted by M2M View Post
GAZ-A were open cars (although closed cars were made in low numbers too and a few closed cars imported from USA) because open cars are much easier and quicker to make than closed cars. With new factory and new workers it makes sense.
That is true plus the Soviets had their sights set on tractor & truck production, not cars. Cars were required for govt. dept.s but private individual ownership was not the plan in a communist state trying to establish itself.
It was a contract between the Soviets & Ford Motor CO., signed in 1929 before the US govt recognised the USSR govt. Nothing to do with 'Lend Lease' or WW2. The Depression meant USSR had no foreign money available & they had great trouble paying for the Ford plants & equipment. They may well have never paid without the Depression. Because of Fords input, Russia got an auto industry ; Ford never received full repayment.
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