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The GAZ-67 was a jeep that was used by the Soviet Union during World War II.

Description

The GAZ-67 was a development that was not necessarily based on the Willys MB Jeep but had similar traits and was inspired by lend-lease models and earlier attempts at a mass-produced Soviet utility car. It had a GAZ-A engine that was capable of propelling it at speeds of up to 90 kilometers per hour.

Much of the components that made up the GAZ-67 were those borrowed from existing vehicles and other trucks to speed up production.[1] The GAZ-67 only required a single driver and it could carry up to three passengers along with a weather roof. The GAZ had a total weight of 1,200 kilograms and a total length of 3.3 meters. The GAZ also had a 4 speed forward, 1 speed reverse transmission system.[2]  Reliability was fair but the GAZ had the tendency to get stuck in the heavy Soviet mud.

Variants

The only variant of the GAZ-67 series was the GAZ-67B model which had the main distinction of having modified internal components and an improved radiator grill, similar to the Willys MB Jeep. While not official variants, like many other vehicles the GAZ-67 experienced many field modifications to improve performance.

History

The GAZ-67 was initially developed in 1942 following the Soviet's acquisition of hundreds of Willys MB Jeeps. Following this, Soviet military leaders decided to base their design upon these and older existing models like the GAZ-64 and created the GAZ-67 for further use. It was later adopted in 1943 and saw service in the Red Army until the end of the war. Typically, the GAZ-67 was used by officers to transport them across the front.

References

  1. http://www.o5m6.de/gaz_67.html
  2. http://www.wwiivehicles.com/ussr/trucks/gaz-67-light-car.asp


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