The Belka was in response to the several letters that designer F. A. Reppik received during his days at the IMZ Plant (they made motorcycles) at Irbit, then USSR.
After consultation with the Central Automobile and Design R&D Department (called NAMI), the first experimental microcar was developed. They used the engine of a IMZ motorcycle (Model M72) to place it at the rear, giving it an independent spring suspension with small sized tyres. This vehicle could accommodate 4 adults. For ease of access the front door would swivel open and for the back-seat passengers there was another door that was placed at the rear on the right side. The cab-forward design was far ahead of its times.
Though initial plans were drawn up to make about 20,000 cars per annum, the project failed to take off as other co-operatives (it was communist times) in other regions did not support the idea of having such a small car.
A rare microcar metal collectible in 1:43.
|- Premium collectible|
|- Licensed product|
|- Material: ZAMAC (zinc alloy), Rubber and Plastic|
|- Moving wheels|
|- Non-opening bonnet, boot and doors|
|- On plinth (platform base)|
|Dimension (in inches)||4 x 3 x 2|