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Wagon Wednesday – 1985 Lada 2102 Fresh from Time Capsule

A Lada 2102 wagon. 1650 km on the clock. Clock stopped in 1985.

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.

Link to the ad (English)

Photos: nettiauto.com


  • Van_Sarockin

    Wow, I'm not sure FIAT still has a 124 in its collection in as perfect condition. Whatever possessed someone to squirrel this away?

    • Alcology

      A Lada love

  • Devin

    Surprisingly pretty, but you really could never drive it, could you?

    • BlackIce_GTS

      That's true of many Ladas.
      I mean the second part.
      About driving it.
      You couldn't.
      Because they're often broken.
      In Soviet Russia.

  • Damn, I would the Commies were smart enough to used wheel lug studs/nuts rather than bolts. That is, unless the photo above is just the spare?

  • Irishzombieman

    "1650 km on the clock"

    Usually that's because it'd failed catastrophically @ 1649, and momentum carried it to its final point of repose.

    This'n, though. . . a car this old and this clean is kinda freaky. It's like looking a a restored car, except it's not restored. Restorations always tend to make cars better than new. Too shiny, too clean.

    Real, genuine, well-preserved new looks so much better.

    • pj134

      It reassures you that people building cars 25 years ago didn't give a shit and the trend continues.

  • C'mon, there is NO WAY that engine bay looked that good when it came out of the factory. No. Way.

    • Manic_King

      It did. My mother bought brand new Lada in then USSR in 1987 (I was old enough to go to "dealership" with her) and yes, that's how it looked when new. All this process of getting an new car in soviet union was very long (15 years of waiting!) and once in a life time project basically but in the end you could get car exactly like that one or maybe even better model like Samara or Niva. I've been wondering should I write down story about car business in eighties soviet union for Hoons to read, but it would take damn long time with my typing- and English skills….

      • Jim-Bob

        Please write the story for us! I am sure I am not the only one here who would find it very interesting to read. Plus, as English is not your first language, any imperfections in your writing would only add to the authenticity of it.

      • Van_Sarockin

        Do IT!

      • danleym

        Yeah, don't worry about the English. No one's going to fault you for that- hell, I doubt many here can read Russian, and I'm sure given the choice between stories written in imperfect English or perfect Russian, we'd mostly side with the imperfect English. We can all understand what you're saying, no need for perfect grammer.

        • dukeisduke

          Send it in – one of the regulars here could edit it for you. I've never seen anything written on the actual process of buying a car in the Soviet Union.

      • pj134

        Do it. It would, without a doubt, be much better than what the barely litterate Dearthair gives us. Seriously, this is what he gave the other editors to "finish" for him.

        <img src="http://www.chevroncarsblog.com/images/photos/drawing-shamish_lg.jpg&quot; width="500/">

  • A Lada with no rust!?!? Pics, or it didn't hap…oh, never mind.

    Hey, nice wagon!!!

  • dukeisduke

    I'm disappointed not to see some hot Hungarian woman pictured with it, like the last Lada article:

  • Jürgen

    Nach einer langen Reise von Moskau nach Westdeutschland, ist dieser Lada nun in Potsdam angekommen. Es wurde vieles nach dieser Standzeit erneuert. Er dient jetzt als Einkaufsfahrzeug für eine Cocktailbar. Nach einer kompletten Hohlraum- und Unterbodenkonservierung wird er noch viele Jahre laufen. In drei Jahren gilt er hier als Oldtimer.