Jewel-quality 1968 ZAZ 965A

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Pick of the Day is probably the most-restored ZAZ on the planet, a 1968 ZAZ 965A.

ZAZ is short for Zaporozhkji Avtomobilnji Zavod, of course, an auto manufacturer located in Ukraine. The 965A being advertised on ClassicCars.com was built for the Bulgarian market and is located in Sofia, that nation’s capital city.

ZAZ launched in 1960 with a goal of producing the Soviet “people’s car.” The 956A model followed two years later, with a larger engine, new gearing (in the transmission and final drive).

“The Soviet Topolino was economical and extremely easy to work on,” notes the authors of The Beaulieu Encyclopedia of the Automobile.

A subsequent and updated model, the 966, was introduced in 1966.

The car being offered for sale by a private owner “is not just restored it is transformed into jewelry,” the advertisement states, adding that 60,000 euro was invested in the eight-year restoration effort.

The ad notes there is an entire book about the car that includes 150 photographs. The ClassicCars.com advertisement features 37 photographs and a link to a news-style, 9-minute video about the car.

The ad notes that while the car was restored to jewel-like quality — the interior comprises the leather from 16 cow skins — all original parts removed are included in the sale. the car has a 600-watt JBL audio system and an early Panasonic touch screen on the dash.

The seller says the car has been driven only 74,000 kilometers since it rolled off the assembly line.

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The rear-mounted engine displaces 965cc and is linked to a manual transmission.

The seller seeks $43,000 for this unique vehicle.

To view this vehicle on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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