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Moskvitch 2138/2140/1500 SL
Moskvitch 1500.jpg 1978—79 Moskvitch 2140 ("1500 SL" export variant)
Manufacturer AZLK
Production 1976—1988
Predecessor Moskvitch 408
Moskvitch 412
Successor Moskvitch Aleko
Class Compact car
Body style(s) 4-door sedan
4- and 2- door station wagon
2-door pick-up (aftermarket)
Engine(s) UZAM 412, 1500 cc
Related Izh Comby

Moskvitch 2140 series is a small family car produced by the Soviet automotive maker AZLK from 1976 to 1988. It started first as Moskvitch 2138 with the modified 408 platform, designed and released for the Soviet market in late 1975. Starting 1976, the modification of the 412 export/luxury model was also designed and branded "2140 SL" inside the Eastern Bloc countries and "1500 SL" outside. The most notable differences between both models were a redesigned dashboard and front seat headrests in 2140.

Starting 1982, the 2138 were discontinued and 40 became the only Moskvitch on all of the markets. It was facelifted the same year: the shield logo was changed to feature "АЗЛК" written in metallic outline, the grille coating switched from metal to plastic, and both side mirrors were slightly redesigned to be less heavy. The station wagon variant 2136/37 was the last of Soviet cars to still feature taillight fins to accomodate gate opening, until the model was discontinued in 1985.

Although originally designed and often referenced as "fourth generation", the series were in fact only an enhancement over the actual third generation of Moskvitches — the 408/412. The obvious fourth generation entered in production with the Aleko starting 1986, when both series shared the line for over two years, until the 2140 was eventually discontinued in 1988.

Models and variants

  • M-2138/40: the original 4-door sedan model.
  • M-2136/37: station wagon model, similar to M-427 for the 408/412 series. First introduced in 1976 and discontinued in 1985, it was the last of family wagon Moskvitches with no practical successor (besides the Izh Comby hatchback).
  • M-2133/34: "closed body" variant of the previous model for non-consumer purposes. General uses included ambulance and hearse. Was introduced in 1976 and discontinued in 1981.
  • M-2315: panel van/pickup truck model, produced along with the main sedan until 1988.




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