An FSC Żuk truck, SYRENA, and WARSZAWA cars seen in Sanok, Poland, c.1982.
Three communist-era images from our collection featuring the once common but now rarely seen ŻUK trucks. In excess of half a million Zuk’s were produced between 1958 and 1998 by the FSC (Fabryka Samochodów Ciężarowych) motor factory in Lublin. The same factory also made Nysa and Lublin vans and Honker military vehicles.
A photograph of a ŻUK truck seen through an arch in Gliwice, Poland, c.1974.
Did you know: the Polish word ‘ŻUK’ means ‘BEETLE’ in English.
A Zuk 1.1-ton pick-up truck parked up outside a Rolnik store in STRZELIN, Poland, c.1982.
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The FSC Żuk (‘beetle’ in English) was a van and light truck produced in Lublin, Poland. And like the Nysa van the Zuk was based on the chassis, suspension, and engine from the FSO Warszawa. In total 587,000 Zuks were built between 1958 and when production ended in 1998.
Zuk vans at an open-air market in south-west Poland in the late 1970s.
The Zuk was a favourite of farmers, and a common place to find groups of them was at any local market when they were used to transport crops from the fields to the farmers’ own stalls.
The Polish post office (Poczta Polska) also used large numbers of Żuks, and a number of local fire services used them as personnel carriers and mini fire engines.