The year is 1978, and you have a choice of some dependable Eastern European wheels to get you moving.
DD, Track & Burn. Go!
The Škoda Estelle 120 LS, 49BHP 1.2 I4.
The Dacia 1300, 54BHP 1.3 I4.
The FSO Polonez 1500, 75BHP 1.5 I4.
The Czech Škoda has a rear-engined air-cooled layout, the Romanian Dacia has Renault parts and the Polish FSO has the most powerful engine here. Either way, these should get you from A to B most of the time, you choose.