When first produced in June 1973 it was priced at 69,000zł (approximately three times the average annual wage), and became the first popular family car in Poland, despite being the size of a small refrigerator. Throughout communist times the car could only be purchased by joining a lengthy waiting list, though diligent workers would often be rewarded with special vouchers allowing them to jump the queue. Though production came to a halt in 2000, the surprisingly reliable cars have achieved a remarkable staying power, and you’ll still find scores of them coughing smoke as they zip around Polish cities. Today a used Maluch retails for only about 500zł, so there's little stopping you from becoming a proud owner yourself. Rather bizarrely, Oscar winning actor Tom Hanks even has a liking for them, following a visit to Budapest in 2016, he added a photo of himself in a Maluch to Twitter - it went viral, and a local from Bielsko-Biała in Silesia saw it, starting a charity campain for a local children's hospital, called 'Bielsko-Biała dla Toma Hanksa' (Bielsko-Biała for Tom Hanks) to buy a Maluch and have it sent to him in the U.S. It worked, and he received it in 2017.