USSR/URSS-Made Cars (United Soviet Socialist Republic)
Cars made in the former USSR (or, as some of the cars are marked, URSS -- and no, it's not a typo) have always been difficult to pinpoint as to who actually made them, because there normally is no indication either on the car or the box. It's this way because in the former USSR it didn't really matter; all of the companies were state owned.

I have found a couple of sites that give an amazing amount of information. First up is Gamas43 (in Spanish) -- this section on the USSR versions of French and Italian cars is the most complete I've been able to find. If you'd like a translated version, go to the home page and click on the version you would like. The translation is a bit rocky, but you can get the gist of what's going on.

Next is a compendium of models of Russian cars at www.diecast.ru. Last (but certainly not least), take a look at Max's Model Car Gallery. A lot of cars from the USSR don't have markings regarding who made them. For example, my Fiat-Siata 1500 only says "Made in URSS"; same for Innocenti Morris. Although they have similar construction, according to Max's gallery the Innocenti was made by the Leningrad Factory and the Siata was made by the Vatutin Toy Factory, Kiev. However, both cars are from Politoys molds.

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