Cohort Pic(k) of the Day: 1990 FSC ZUK A-11 – Polish Workhorse

Here’s a new one for me, and maybe you, thanks to Roshake77.  The ZUK A-11 is a light truck (and van) built in Poland between 1958 and 1998 by FSC. It was based to some extent on the FSO Waszawa, which in turn was based on the Russian GAZ-M20 Pobeda.

The Zukwas mainly sold to state organizations (which of course dominated in the communist era), and some individuals. After the liberalization of the Polish economy, the Żuk was able to maintain sales to its traditional markets and expand the number sold to individual consumers.

There were van and truck version, in a number of body styles. Power came form a 2.1 L gas four. The ZUK was very popular with farmers, who used it to bring crops and wares to the markets from their farms. It was also used widely by the Polish postal service.

The original style of the ZUK was more rounded, like this van, but in around 1968 or so, the revise boxy style replaced it.

The ZUK is related to the Nysa 522, which we have seen here at CC back in 2014.