The ZAZ-968 car replaced the ZAZ-966 model and largely repeated it. Produced from 1971 to 1979. It differed from the previous model with new turn signals, the presence of reverse lights, and a new dashboard. At the end of 1973, the car was modernized and received a different front end design (narrow molding instead of a pseudo-radiator grille), shortened cooling air intakes, updated lighting equipment and other minor changes. With further production, changes and improvements were gradually made to the design of the ZAZ-968, such as “European beam” headlights and others.

The ZAZ-968A is a modernized version of the regular ZAZ-968 and differs from the latter not only in its external design (narrow decorative chrome trim on the “face”, side lights removed from the sides of the body), but also in a number of technical innovations. For example, a brake system with a separate drive, an ignition switch with an anti-theft device, seats of a new shape, copied from the seats of the VAZ-2101, a one-piece dashboard made of soft plastic, a safety steering column, and seat belts. Also, one interior light was installed in the center, instead of two on the pillars, and the gas tank neck was hidden under the hood.

Also, the ZAZ-968A differed from the ZAZ-968 in the following features:

  • Ignition switch with an anti-theft device;
  • Dual-circuit braking system;
  • Main mirror VAZ type;
  • New instrument panel;
  • Use of alarm systems.

ZAZ-968A was produced from 1974 to 1979. The export modification was called 968AE. By the way, in the 70s, a ZAZ-968A cost exactly 3,600 rubles in the USSR.

The car was in good demand not only in the Soviet Union, where any 4-wheeled vehicle was in short supply, but also in Western countries, including capitalist ones.

Assembly: Zaporozhets plant (USSR)

Years of production: 1974—1979

Engine: MeMZ-968N

Engine (specs): 4 cylinders; 1197 cc

Power: 45 HP

Max speed: 118 km/h

Fuel consumption: 8 l/100 km

Weight: 840 kg

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