For Minsk Wheel Tractor Plant, the year 1999 was, if not jubilant, at least marked by good round figures and events worthy to be remembered. In March, there was the 40th anniversary of the batch manufacturing of wheel tractors; in July, the 45th anniversary of the Special Design Bureau No. 1 founded at Minsk Automobile Plant to become the origin for the future Minsk Wheel Tractor Plant.


In March 1999, 40 years after assembling the first wheel tractor, the 20,000th vehicle left the plant’s conveyor. It’s noteworthy that this was the MZKT-543 wheel tractor; the first vehicle of this type was assembled as far back as in 1962.