Fidel Castro's funeral turned into a private event in the last minute with only about thirty people allowed into the cemetery of Santa Ifigenia. But before the officials closed out all of the local and international media, Castro's ashes were driven from the Revolution Square across the city of Santiago de Cuba for all to pay their last respects. On a trailer behind an UAZ.
As a military man and a communist leader, Fidel Castro was more than familiar with the Russian off-roader. Yet it's also worth noting that back in 1959, he and his crew enjoyed their successful revolution in a much more refined fashion, driving a Dodge Custom Royal.
The UAZ-469 and its variants have been the number one choice of no-nonsense military organizations (and foresters) since 1971, and since they remained in production until late last year in the great city of Ulyanovsk, some 555 miles east of Moscow, parts availability will never be a problem.
In 2003, the 469 was rebranded as , and today, you can still get one of the last ones ever made with the gearbox from Hyundai and such extras as brown metallic paint. Perfect is the word you're looking for.