Moskwicz 408

Thursday 22 October 2009
The Moskvitch-408 (also referred to as the Moskvich-408, and M-408) was a family car produced by the Soviet car manufacturer Moskvich between 1964 and 1976. The first car in the "third generation" of Moskvitches, the M-408 replaced the last of the "second generation" cars, the Moskvitch-407/403. Later it was to be replaced by the Moskvitch-2138 (a slightly modified and face-lifted derivative of the late M-408). A version of the car made by IZH continued in production. Body styles of the main version were: 4-door saloon, 5-door estate (the model M-426), and 3-door panel van (the M-433). Hatchback and pick-up versions of the IZH model existed. The car was sold in France as the Moskvitch Elite 1300, as the Moskvitsh Elite in Finland and as the Moskvich Carat in Norway. It was powered by 1.3 litre / 1358 cc straight-4 petrol engine, producing 50 hp (37 kW). "More worth than its price", was its slogan for export sales.

Technical data:
- engine: 4 cylinders
- capacity: 1357 cc
- horsepower: 50 HP
- gearbox: 4+1
- top speed: 120 km/h

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