Notwithstanding that years passed since the collapse of the Soviet Union and many things have changed since on, still one can easily find soviet cars driving in the streets of the post soviet countries, including Georgia.
After the collapse, Germany was the main source of the second hand cars that flooded the country, Opel, Mercedes, BMW were the popular makes among them. The only benefit of the soviet cars, happy colours, have vanished in the mourning and heavy 90s of Georgia;
The most popular colour became black, dark grey, dark pomegranate, deep blue and rarely silver. No happy colours at all. As years went on, larger and blacker cars became very popular among the population, majorly among high rank officials, priests and other rich citizens of the Capital Tbilisi.
Though, hopefully, in the last couple of years, it seems that some happy colours have returned in the Country, people became more brave in choosing either car colour or the make of the car, abandoning boring and mourning car makes and colours.
I’ve found these soviet cars in the old parts of Tbilisi.
And this is now famous Volga from the Road Movie “Full Speed Westwards” – documentary filmed by Stefan Tolz entirely in Georgia and about Georgia. Film tells about the most important events and people for the last three years, while driving in the cities of Georgia by Volga.
As for our family, we had that almighty Niva for years – also Soviet made off-road car. This is the photo from my family album, taken approximately in 1984-85.