The Soviet Zaporozhets was known as the "people's car". It was the cheapest Soviet car and so the most affordable to common people. At the same time, it was rather sturdy and well suited to Soviet roads. Powered by a rear-mounted engine, a common urban legend is that the Zaporozhets engine was used as a starter motor in Soviet tanks. Sounds like a possible vehicle for Soviet agent Ilya Kuryakin (Hammer), a mini-tank with room for gadgets? We’ll wait and see!
Other cars are British and include the following:
The black and silver Wartburg 311 pictured has been sold by Quirky Rides for use in the Warner Brothers movie Man From U.N.C.L.E. The Wartburg 311: all wood, leather and steel. 3 cylinders of 2 stroke quirkiness to knock 'em dead. Another in blue and white version is currently on location with Warner Brothers and being featured in the same movie as the black and silver Wartburg (which now has a red leather interior). An unrestored Wartburg 312 has also been sold to Warner Brothers for use in car chase scenes in the movie.
Quirky Rides also supplied three Tarabont cars for the movie as well.
The original Man From U.N.C.L.E. TV series used a specially-designed limited edition Piranha car powered by a Corvair engine. The vehicle had many mock features, including flame throwers, machine guns, rocket launchers, laser beams, a radar screen, parachute, and various hidden interior devices. The car appeared in only a few episodes: "The Five Daughters Affair," "The Take Me to Your Leader Affair," "The Man from T.H.R.U.S.H. Affair," "The Napoleon's Tomb Affair," "The Test Tube Killer Affair," and in the Girl from U.N.C.L.E. series, "The UFO Affair," which was the only time the devices were used to any extent.
Thanks to Bill Koenig at The HMSS Weblog for sending us the link to this great video all about the Corvair Piranha.