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Fastback Friday – Unidentified Estonian Backyard Special

Antti Kautonen November 9, 2012 Cars You Should Know, For Sale, Project Cars 43 Comments

This Friday, I’m handing it over to you. There’s a self-made project car for sale in Estonia, and I’ll be damned if I can identify anything about it. There are Moskvich Aleko taillights, there’s a front clip that looks like something modelled after a really obscure kit car, like a Marcos or something. The whole thing is cooked out of glassfibre and looks to be the creepiest thing I’ve seen after Halloween.

Throw me a, er, bone here. Can you identify more of it? Anybody? Bueller? Bueller?

Inside, there’s… THINGS. STUFF. NIGHTMARES. Also an oil canister, some wiring, a length of tube and the feeling that everything inside is just bound to give you tetanus. I got a rash from just looking at the photos. But the door is suitably GT40-esque and there’s a steering wheel for you, so there’s that.

Continuing to the rear, there are the aforementioned Moskvitch Aleko (I nearly typed Alero. That would’ve made sense, since they shipped the Chrysler Sebring tooling to Russia for it to live as the Siber) taillights, some Gandiniesque wheelarches and a rear spoiler. The rear section seems to be built in such a way, that it would be easy to access the midship engine by removing the rear clip…

But nah. The 1200cc engine is in the front. Thing is, I have no idea where it’s taken from. The ad just says the car is a 1985 “selfmade” (Omavalmistatud) with a 44kW 1,2-litre engine. That’s it.

And yeah, the seller wants 3000 eur for it. Isn’t that just a perfect price for something so… unique?

Link to the ad (partly in Estonian)


[Source: Auto24.ee]

  • I actually made one of these this morning.

    • I'm afraid to ask what the raw materials were. Kasha & beans seem like parties of interest.

  • LeMons FTMFW

  • Number_Six

    On April 5th, 1242, the forces of the Republic of Novgorod, led by Alexander Nevsky, clashed with Teutonic Knights of the Northern Crusade at Lake Peipus on the Estonia/Russia frontier. Towards the end of the clash a number of the losing Teutonic Knights fell through the ice after being routed by Russian cavalry. Recent archaeological dives have located relics of that battle, including this 770 year-old vehicle.

  • 68monk

    Yeeeeesh. For some reason the back end kinda looks like a Toyota Celica with a wing on it… just my free association. Pretty sure they don't have a ton of Yotas in Estonia.

  • I guess the artisan responsible started from the rear and worked his way forwards, then suddenly died leaving his blind friend to finish things off. He only left it as it is because he was hired to style the new Maserati Quattroporte.

    • TX_Stig

      That's a good way to sum it up. The back is not too bad. At least I can appreciate his "vision" for it. But it just suffers an awful fate the further forward you look. That nose, though… what an abomination.

  • It's clearly a Subaru styling buck.

  • For bonus points, name the year, make and model of the source of the windshield.

    • I'm just waiting for the Estonian commenters to feast on this one. They'll have a field day.

    • Kris

      Skoda 120?

  • Manic_King

    1,2 L motor in title, probably originally Lada's but current seems to be out of Lancia or Fiat. All the other parts which are not home made are probably out of Ladas and other soviet cars as well as during the first half of eighties when this thing is originally built (titled 1985) there just wasn't anything else, like western spare parts, available inside USSR. Where the body comes from, who knows, seems to be some kit but these weren't available either in soviet union so really no idea….price is insane however, owner should better burn this POS.

    • The rear plate is Russian, though. Maybe there's a really sketchy story involved.

      • Manic_King

        No it's soviet-Estonian, every soviet state had it's own combo of letters in ussr, Estonia had EA. It is locally built thing, but still really strange….

  • TurboBrick

    The rear quarter view for some reason says "Geo Storm" to me as a styling influence. Engine looks like a Fiat twin cam, big surprise, and judging by the rest of it I'd say this thing started out as a wrecked Lada.

  • $kaycog

    To me, the front end looks like a half-assed attempt at a GT40 similar to this kit car.

    <img src="http://www.autabuy.com/Photos/408113_218030498.jpg"width="500"/&gt;

    • HSA

      Once again I'm surprised at $kaycog's ability to go from anything to a GT40 in one step…

      • $kaycog

        I have no shame. 😉

      • Tiller188

        Honestly that was my first thought as well — taken on their own, the doors, headlight buckets, and side scoops definitely have that vibe. …it goes downhill pretty fast from that inspiration, though.

  • boostedlegowgn

    I would suggest killing it with fire, but in this case I think that'd just make it… angry.

    • dr zero

      Nuke it from orbit, it's the only way to be sure.

  • danleym

    Crack pipe. Referring to both the price and a favored implement of the owner/builder.

  • dukeisduke

    I've heard the phrase "remote starter", but that one is ridiculous.

  • dukeisduke
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  • dukeisduke

    I think the builder was an Estoner.

  • facelvega

    There's a lot of homemade going on here, but isn't that nose clip from a known kit, I think VW beetle-based? Clearly the tail is from the donor. Holy smokes, though, what a looker.

  • Love the offset hood scoop. There must be a lot of PAH hiding under there.

    • Manic_King

      How much PAH could 44 kw = 60 hp provide?

  • Scott

    The front looks like a Mini Marcos…Those doors don't really look home made…did anyone ever take a GT-40 behind the iron curtain and lose it?

  • Scott

    Well,aside from the caravan windows..

  • Van_Sarockin

    I guess there might be a reason why so many teachers try to beat the creativity out of children?

  • Jethrine

    Wonder what scrap metal prices are like in Estonia?
    Might turn a quick profit w/o having to look any closer.
    Maybe start a kickstarter to rid the earth of it?

    • Manic_King

      Seems to be from 120 EUR/T. Curb weight of that thing is 1,6 tons per title so if the seller takes it to scrap yard he would receive 192 euros i.e. approx. 250 US dollars. Not sure if it's wholly made of metal seems to be mostly glass fiber.

  • Alo

    This car is "Aiar" and three of them was made. One picture from past can found: http://tqhq.ee/forum/viewtopic.php?tid=20814&amp;…

  • Alo

    Some poor google translate:
    In short, the car and his "brothers":
    From concept to paper to the finished cars and the time it took 18 months. Given the fact that at that time was not of CNC machine tools, 'Kemppi' welding, grinding tools, the right colors and fillers, etc.., It was still a very short time. The year was 75! As a boy of 10 I went there almost every day after school, help dad – my job was sanding. Sandpaper, rubber brick and go! The old man made the night and day, of course, practically lived in there garage!
    These chassis were actually 5 pieces, double hull fate is unknown. Another car ready somewhere 78 – 79 and the third 84-85. The first and third ratios were identical, differed only in terms of body height – 100 cm 95 against. Height of the second car, however, was "frantic" 120 cm, which made him the "ugly duckling"! It was the first home-made car in Soviet Union, which was on Lada technique. Authorize the registration of the then Minister of the Interior Tibar personally!! The car has also been talk of motoring magazine "Za ruljom", the then attended for some home-made cars in Russia congresses, etc.. There was an old man in Togliatti plant constructors professional department, which politely withdrew. I received this car at the end of the 82 in which he began to look serious trouble. Now, of course, was bland's engine – it needs hard by the help! According to the common sense and should have been driving skill, which unfortunately was not enough once. After the army was taken care of him and run again for a while, then created a piss head and the machine went into a so-called "After the village." Now look at this, and the cake left to him by the throat, but the new owner did not give up. However, perhaps ever.

    • Manic_King

      I spent some time manually translating that original text:

      OK, so the story goes like that:

      One guy decided 1974 to build an sports car based mainly on Lada parts but with glass fiber body. That guy was good mechanic and was maybe engineer. He had also some friends and son who were helping him. In 18 months he built concrete/cement mold for glass fiber body parts, made all the drawings and built the first car. All that without modern tools. All together 5 bodies were made, 2 of these have unknown history.
      That guy basically lived in garage to get this car done. First car was ready 1975, second '78-79, third '84-85. First and third cars were similar, with around 1 meter height, second was ugly duckling version with 1,2 m height.
      That guys son writes in forum that these were first home made cars in USSR which had Lada drive train, these had to be tested for road worthiness and then interior minister himself gave licence to use them in road traffic. That guy who built the cars received invitation to Togliatti (that's the place in Russia were Lada factory is, named after some Italian communist), to work there in the engineering dept. but he didn't accept it. He however went with the car to many gatherings of home made cars in soviet times.
      The car was okay if weak because of 60 hp Lada engine. So when son got it as hand-me-down he tried to tune it but lost interest and sold the original car in the beginning of eighties, maybe 1985. Probably the same car is for sale now. It can be only 1of 2.

      • Van_Sarockin

        Thanks for that detail. It really helps to understand what we've got here a whole lot better. Almost makes me sympathize with the guy. It's also another dimension of the weird lost-in-translation skewing of design when western products were reinterpreted in the eastern bloc. When I look at those things, it seems like they've been teleported in from another, parallel dimension.

        • Manic_King

          Well, this story can feel somewhat cargo cult-y, guy building an car based on photos of something he never saw. Then again, in USSR racing (Formulas, buggies, karts, Rally, cars and bikes both road and dirt) was very popular and people built all kind of machinery all the time from scratch using parts from a bin. He just decided to make that body look like that.

    • I tip my hat to you. Excellent work!