In the 1960s and 1970s, several factories in the former Soviet Union produced diecast or plastic models copying model cars originally made by Western European companies. One of the biggest of these factories was situated in Tbilisi, the Georgian capital, and primarily manufactured re-editions of French Norev models, but also Mebetoys and Politoys copies. The models were marketed under the name of "Siharuli". In one single year, 1975, the Tbilisi plant produced more than 100'000 model cars, a lot of them were exported to other countries of the socialist block. "Siharuli" is the Georgian word for " happiness".
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