Bus Riga factory – plant on production of minibuses in Latvia. In 1949 the new Riga plant where bus bodies were made was created, Terbatas settled down in Potreki and Deitsmanis's workshops down the street. The plant was qualified on production of small average buses. In 1951 RZAK combined with REAF – "The Riga experimental automobile factory". For the first time in 1953 the first twenty five buses – RAF-651 were released. This release was the perfect copy of the bus of GZA-651gorkovsky production, containing to 25 passengers and only sixteen places for sitting. After 1954 on June 10 when there was a new order of the ministry of motor transport plant registered as "The Riga bus experimental plant". But it lasted long at all not therefore as in September, 1954 it was renamed again. It was a final name – "The Riga Bus factory". Release of buses for sale was adjusted only in 1955 which made on own development at plant. The new bus had configuration of the car and was based on GAZ-51.
Having examined in 1957 production of Volkswagen, employees of RAF decided to organize own production of minibuses directly in Riga. Then the new minibus with the administration Ositis Ya. I Sils G. Eto was created there was RAF-10 which in honor of a festival in Moscow received the pseudonym "Festival". Its design was constructed on the basis of rather easy GAZ-M20 car, and had rather simple carriage configuration. In the middle the salon was counted on ten places. But to all this the initial design of the car caused a set of imperfections therefore and after a while the model was a little changed.
The car engine from GAZ-21. After a while in 1958 the plant started releasing the minibuses RAF-10 under the Festival brand. About eleven cars were by the end of the year released. All experience and various professional arguments were realized in RAF-977. These copies were issued, since 1959. It was the real full-scale production. These cars reconstructed a little, and the new design was made according to the RAF-977V model.1 - 32
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