DeAgostini 1:43 Diecast Russian Legends Series Collectors Item. The RAF-2203 Latvija (nickname Rafik) was a cabover van designed and developed by Rīgas Autobusu Fabrika from 1976–1997. They were widely used throughout the USSR as fixed-run taxis (Marshrutkas), medical cars, used for trade and as a special services vehicles. It was the successor of the RAF-977. This van used the 2,445 cc (149.2 cu in) engine of the GAZ-24, between the front seats (not unlike the Dodge A100 or the Volkswagen LT 1st generation), with independent front suspension also from the GAZ-24 (but springs from the GAZ 13). It borrowed headlights and brake system parts from the Moskvitch 412, outside door handles from the Moskvitch 408, and 15 in (38 cm) wheels of the GAZ-21 Volga. The single rear door hinged at the top, rather than the more-usual side-opening. There were two major models: one, the 2203, seated ten plus driver and passenger, powered by a 95 hp (71 kW; 96 PS) 2,445 cc (149.2 cu in) with 8.2:1 compression; the other, the 22032, a twelve-seat "route taxi", had longitudinal seats and lower 6.7:1 compression (to use more readily available 76 octane petrol), and produced only 85 hp (63 kW; 86 PS). (The 2203-02 would run on liquified propane). An ambulance, the 22031, was soon added to the range, and made up fully a third of all 2203s built; there was also a 22035 for blood donor clinics. These were joined by the 22034, for fire departments.
- DeAgostini 1:43 Diecast Russian Legends Series
- Diecast with Plastic Parts
- Model is Sealed in Blister Pack
- Over 50 to Collect from this Series
- Rare and Hard to Find In New Condition
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