If Soviet cars are in any way close to your heart, you probably also have a soft spot for the simply classic original Lada. These round-eyed models are closest to the initial Fiat 124 design from 1966, before the car was developed further. This estate variant was also a Fiat design originally, relatively unchanged by Soviet drawing boards. Under the skin, the Eastern cars did receive a host of improvements including a reworked suspension, but the appearance is still penned with a light touch.
With the rough conditions these cars often faced, combined with the sometimes slapdash assembly/material quality, few examples have survived very clean. A Lada is a tough old nail with its uncomplicated mechanicals, able to be cranked into life even in absolutely Arctic conditions without as much as a hiccup – but being able to run rough for decades meant the cars rarely stayed showroom fresh. That is not the case with this unique Lada wagon, since fresh it is.
This 1985 car (what is it with 1985 and time travel?) is advertised as having spent the last 25 years in a garage. Everything on it is original and untouched. It has done 1650 km before being driven into storage, so it’s not unused, but there’s not a spot or mark on it that would say so. All the chrome is perfect, the paint free from blemishes, but what really makes the difference are the mechanicals and underbody.
The 1200cc OHC engine put out 64 horses. Original Fiats had to do with a pushrod engine, with a less reliable carb.
Even if the car has probably been washed and waxed after being awoken from its slumber, nothing suggests the car has ever been very dirty. The block is spotless, the hoses taut. Even all the little metal details like the washer reservoir’s support are like the car was assembled last week.
The tires, marked “MADE IN USSR”, still have the little rubber widgets left on them. I’m sure the tires still contain authentic Soviet air – a breath of Brezhnev, if you will.
Inside, the vinyl is unmarked. On the driver’s seat lies the user’s manual, in the ignition lock is a set of keys with one key for ignition, one for the door lock and one for the filler cap.
The asking price for this one-of-a-kind Lada is 9750 Euros. The car resides in Moscow, but transport to the EU is arrangeable. With the seller claiming to speak both English and German, the purchase experience of your certified as-new 1985 Lada is pretty much as painless as it can be.
If nearly 10k for a 26-year-old Soviet car is too steep for you, you have to remember that despite Ladas still being built today, this is the nearest thing next to a brand-new, classic-shape 2102 you can get as the currently-built models are the newer, blockier 2105 and 2107.
You probably shouldn’t put the 2102 into daily service, though, as in the role of a humdrum runabout it will most likely rust as thoroughly as it would have done by 1986, had it have to deal with outside elements any longer.
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