Sports Car, Bulgarian Style: The Sofia BS

It's impossible not to admire the huevos of that wacky Bulgarian engineer, Velizar Andreev. In the early 80s, he decided that Bulgaria needed to manufacture its own sports cars. Bulgaria being behind the Iron Curtain and firmly in the grip of Moscow's "no fun cars for the masses" ideology at the time, this belief did not go over well with Andreev's tractor-centric superiors. But Andreev persisted, building several prototypes with fiberglass bodies and Soviet VAZ (Fiat) drivetrains and, eventually, some Jeep-esque machines. Unfortunately, the Sofia and its siblings never hit the big time, so we never had a chance to see Sofiaminos roaring down American streets.

Bulgarian Car History: Sofia [carhistorybg.com]
Sofia (car) [Wikipedia]

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