Classic Car Catalogue

IMS 1957

IMS 57 (R4 cyl, 3260 cm³, 50 CP)


Intereprinderea Metalurgică de Stat bought the licence for the Russian GAZ 69 truck without the engine and gear box and decided to use a locally built unit instead. The first model called IMS 57 uses a 1933 Ford, four-cylinder, 3260 cc, 50 bhp engine with compression ratio 4.6:1. It differs from the GAZ in many details, having the spare wheel mounted on the driver side rear corner, small storage compartments behind the rear wheels with access from outside, bench type front seat, dashboard located in the middle of the fascia and lacking of the transfer box. The bodies are made by hand, by hammering flat steel sheets on wooden blocks.