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    VISNEWS filmed May 26 two of the Russian cars - the "workaday" Moskvich and the "Luxury" saloon Volga - under the new Anglo-Soviet Trade Pact they will probably be the first vehicles to be sold in Britain.

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    VISNEWS filmed May 26 two of the Russian cars - the "workaday" Moskvich and the "Luxury" saloon Volga - under the new Anglo-Soviet Trade Pact they will probably be the first vehicles to be sold in Britain.

    Film shows a 20 hp Volga being driven in Moscow - and together with a 12 hp Moskvich, a four-seater "family" saloon leaving the Russian Embassy in Kensington Gardens - giving Londoners a preview of the Soviet cars soon to be marketed in Britain.

    British motoring exports who tried out the cars found them very tough and durable, out mechanically outdated with spartan interior fittings. They were impressed by the roomy rear luggage boot with spare wheel neatly fitted at the side. Both makes of car have seats which tip and convert into a comfortable bed. In the smaller Moskvich, the bed would take two - the luxurious six-seater Volga would sleep three.

    The Moskvich, with its four-cylinder engine reaches 70 mph flat out, does 40 miles to the gallon, whereas the Volga, capable of 80 mph, does 30 miles to the gallon.

    Russian diplomats import the two-tone moskvich - a "People's Car" - for about GBP300, and both cars will be selling in Britain for under a thousand pounds.

    The Five-Year Trade agreement includes the sale of British motor vehicles in Russia. The Russian cars will be shown in this country four the first time at the London Motor Show later this year.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEJTKWO6HOM5F6NDXX41PJD9BG
    Media URN:
    VLVAEJTKWO6HOM5F6NDXX41PJD9BG
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/05/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:54:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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