You’re right. The cars ZAZ 986 and Lada were always about affordability. But even for these type of cars people had to save and queue. Cars GAZ-24 and GAZ-31 were prestigious in the 80s. I think they were copies of 6 cylindered Fords. But I am not sure about that.
This is GAZ-31 (Volga) — a prestigious car driven by politicians (GAS24 or GAS32) and taxis (GAS-24 only).