Dnipropetrovsk-Nikopol Avto

Zerve-NAM Auto, a subsidary of Dnipropetrovsk-Nikopol Avto, a subsidary of Dnipropetrovsk-Nikopol Group, and previously known as AvtoDAZ-AvtoNAM, is a Ukrainian automaker formed in 1999. It produces passenger cars under two brands- Zerve and NAM.

Zerve Trucks, a subsidary of Dnipropetrovsk-Nikopol Avto, a subsidary of Dnipropetrovsk-Nikopol Group, and previously known as AvtoDAZ Heavy, is a Ukrainian automaker formed in 2003. It produces light, medium-duty, and heavy trucks.
Many of its models are co-developed with or rebadges of models made by other former Soviet truck-makers like GAZ.

Zerve Auto
History

The Zerve Agriculture & Truck company was a Ukrainian automaker that started out making tractors in the early 1850s. The company was part of Zerve holdings, a Polish holdings company that originated making boats in the early 1800s. The company was dissolved shortly after Ukraine joined the Soviet Union, into its many branches. Its assets were repurposed for production of trucks and was christened DAZ (Dnipropetrovsk Auto Plant) in the early 50s. DAZ continued to produce tractors (still the 4th largest agricultural machinery producer in the world), and trucks for the Soviet Union into WWII. The Jobmaster (DAZ-137) van and Trekmaster (DAZ-159) feild truck (which rode on the same chassis) were originally made for the war, and the boxer-4 engine originated from a small amphibious transport (DAZ-125). The PS32 (DAZ-162) postwar car was based on the chassis of the original WWII DAZ-137, with the same front and rear coil-sprung live axles and 32ps boxer engine. It was a simple 2-door sedan, and was a flop because of the archaic chassis.

In the 1950s, the DAZ-169A (exported as the Zerve PS51), a rear engine 4 door with some sporty pretensions, carried DAZ’s auto arm. It was a popular family car in Ukraine and was a beast in racing. The 174 (JobMaster), 194 (WorkMaster), and 159B (TrekMaster) utilities were often used by the Soviet military.

In the 60s Zerve expanded their passenger car line with two, rear engined cars- the 169B (not exported), an updated 169A, the 173/172 hatchback (exported as the Korner), and the front engined 184 2-door sedan (exported as the Kaveat). 3 door Hatchback (186), 3 door wagon (187), and panel van versions were introduced with the a slight facelift in 1969. The 70s saw continuous small updates to all models.

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Current Lineup

Utility (Light Duty)
TrekMaster (4WD SUV 1952-today)
CabMaster (RWD/4WD Compact Pickup 1960-1995, RWD/AWD/4WD Midsized Pickup 1995-today)
LandMaster (RWD/AWD/4WD Midsized SUV 1995-today)
WorkMaster (RWD Large Van 1952-1960, RWD/4WD Large Van 1960-today)
JobMaster (FWD/4WD Van 1962-2005, FWD/AWD Compact Van 1995-today)

Passenger
Korner (FWD/AWD A-segment 1965-1995, 2017-today)
Kare (FWD B-segment 1987-today)
Kaveat (FWD/AWD C-segment 1962-today)
Konqueror (FWD/AWD D-segment 2001-today)
CrossMaster (AWD D-segment Crossover/Pickup 2001-today)
SportMaster (AWD/FWD C-segment Crossover 2012-today)
StreetMaster (AWD/FWD B-segment Crosover 2012-today)

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Automation Virtual Car Meet (AVCM) @ 2021 - #25 by Restomod

CSR135: "The new city" - #69 by Restomod

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The PS51 (4.1 version)


1951 brought the PS51 4-door. It was made with an upgraded version of the 32ps boxer, pushed to 51ps. The body was a rather badly executed attempt to copy German and Czech aerocars. The car was a success in most markets, and gained a reputation for being quite a sleeper. The 51hp motor and 720kg weight made this little bugger a hoot to drive (for 1951, that is). It was not made to handle fast driving, though. The engines were designed for use as simple truck powerplants, and should have been detuned for this car. They were made with cautious driving through farms and tight city streets in mind, and often gave out after being destroyed by their own capability. They were common tuning platforms, especialy in 60s europe, where people would tune them to their limits. Wagon, van, pickup, and convertible models would later be introduced.



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SCCR1-restomod_-_Zerve__PS51.car (28.6 KB)
SCCR1-restomod_-_Zerve__PS51_Custom.car (31.3 KB)
SCCR1-restomod_-_Zerve__PS51_Tuned.car (32.4 KB)

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Unleaded fuel in 1975 USSR? :thinking: Or are those mainly export specs shown (as the names would suggest)?

yes, im focusing on exports for now. currently working on jobmaster II.

Outdated, but kept b/c it was part of a discussion


Somethings coming! :slight_smile:

The Trekmaster line is a fairly convincing SUV/pickup truck range at first glance; from the preview, the hardtop and Kombi variants are the most convincing.

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what do you mean by “convincing”?

The trims I would most likely have bought new given the chance.

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