Download PDF by Lewis H. Siegelbaum: Cars for Comrades: The Life of the Soviet Automobile

By Lewis H. Siegelbaum

ISBN-10: 0801446384

ISBN-13: 9780801446382

The motor vehicle and Soviet communism made a strange couple. The vital image of yankee fiscal may possibly and consumerism by no means accomplished iconic prestige as an engine of Communist growth, partially since it posed a clumsy problem to a couple simple assumptions of Soviet ideology and perform. during this wealthy and sometimes witty ebook, Lewis H. Siegelbaum recounts the lifetime of the Soviet vehicle and within the procedure provides us a clean standpoint at the background and destiny of the USSR itself.

Based on assets starting from legit country data to cartoons, car-enthusiast magazines, and well known movies, vehicles for Comrades takes us from the development of the massive "Soviet Detroits," logos of the utopian part of Soviet making plans, to present-day Togliatti, the place the destiny of Russia's final vehicle plant hangs within the stability. the massive position performed by means of American businessmen and engineers within the checkered background of Soviet motor vehicle manufacture is likely one of the book's surprises, and the writer issues up the ironic parallels among the Soviet tale and the decline of the yank Detroit. within the interwar years, motor vehicle golf equipment, motor vehicle magazines, and the recognition of rally races have been symptoms of a nascent Soviet automobile tradition, its development slowed by way of the guidelines of the Stalinist kingdom and through Russia's intractable "roadlessness." within the postwar years vehicles seemed with better frequency in songs, video clips, novels, and in propaganda that promised to do higher than car-crazy America.

Ultimately, Siegelbaum indicates, the car epitomized and exacerbated the contradictions among what Soviet communism inspired and what it supplied. to wish a motor vehicle was once a mark of aid for commercial targets; to wish a vehicle for its personal sake was once anything else completely. simply because Soviet automobiles have been either not easy to get and chronically unreliable, and such goods as fuel and spare elements so scarce, possessing and holding them enmeshed electorate in networks of non-public, semi-illegal, and ideologically heterodox practices that the kingdom was once helpless to wrestle. Deeply researched and engagingly instructed, this masterful and unique biography of the Soviet vehicle presents a brand new viewpoint on one of many 20th century's so much iconic—and important—technologies and a singular method of figuring out the background of the Soviet Union itself.
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The Super Duty parts were shipped in the trunk and installed by the owner, voiding the warranty. bottom: This is the actual 1961 Pontiac Ventura Super Duty raced by Arnie “The Farmer” Beswick, a corn farmer from Morrison, Illinois. 28 CHAPTER ONE top, left: Beswick, who took following decade, there would be a waiting market of young car buyers, the size of top honors in class at the 1961 which would astound the corporate bean counters of the 1950s. Winternationals in this car, installed Chevrolet introduced its small-block V-8 at a time when America needed just snap-on white walls on his racing the kind of excitement a fast, affordable car could provide.

BURNOUTS AND BACK SEAT BINGO 43 409: Biggest Chevy Yet “The 409 is, in hot rod terminology, a bored and stroked version of the 348 . . It will take some time to see how the engine runs when placed in the hands of the drag strip enthusiasts but we guess that it will do alright for itself . . ” Hot Rod magazine, April, 1961 Although the basic design of its heads limited the potential of Chevrolet’s first big-block engine, for a short while the 409-cubicinch version dominated American drag strips.

Hot Rod magazine, March, 1961 NASCAR competition, so in 1962 Pontiac made its 421-cubic-inch Super Duty engine available as an option in its Catalina and Grand Prix models. For the first time, a buyer could buy a Super Duty Pontiac without having to assemble it himself. In 1962, Pontiac won its second manufacturer’s championship. Chevrolet didn’t fare as well in NASCAR racing. While its 409 dominated the nation’s drag strips, the W-head big-block engine used an antiquated combustion chamber design in which the combustion chamber was down in a recessed pocket in the piston rather than in a dome within the cylinder head.

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