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  1. Alff Avatar

    Dig that Toyota coupe!

  2. pj134 Avatar

    is it wrong that I chose the one on the left 3 out of 4 times?

    1. Alff Avatar

      The 2009 Lada is far superior to its earlier counterpart.

      1. pj134 Avatar

        Technologically, perhaps, but the grille on the 78 is far less garish. I just can't bring myself to pick any ford with a II following the model name.

        1. Alff Avatar

          But "Mustang II, Boredom 0" was so full of win!

    2. CptSevere Avatar

      I hear you. It's heresy, but I even like the damned Mustang II more than the bloated new one. Engineerd will probably be butt-hurt over that, and I surprised myself just now, but there it is. I'm a closet Pinto fan anyway, so that's no shocker.
      Shit, who am I kidding? Every time a Pinto shows up here I end up gushing over the damn thing. I'm as bad as Aerostar and Tempo Fanatic. The first car I ever hooned was the lowly Pinto, can't change that.

      1. coupeZ600 Avatar

        There's a II Coupe that a bunch of high-school kids drive around here that has no dash, a horrible exhaust leak, and obviously non-working windows, because whenever they gun it from a light the snow swirls around inside the cab and then out the windows like a super-loud slow speed burn-out. When you catch them at the next light, all 8 or 9 of them are laughing hysterically. While one part of me thinks wistfully of what it was like to be young and stupid, another part thinks that they are driving the safest possible vehicle on the road, the one everybody else stays waay clear of.

        1. Straight6er Avatar

          I want to know how they manage to fit that many people inside.

          1. coupeZ600 Avatar

            They're high-school kids. I remember once getting five full-grown men in a Karmann-Ghia, but that was just for a beer-run. The smallest guy claimed to have a leg injury so he got to ride up front in the passengers seat while the rest of us crammed into the little space behind the seats. Another four or five hot girls would have had no problem finding someplace to sit…….

          2. TurboBrick Avatar

            My mother-in-law was a single mom in the 70's. She had 6 kids at the time. Her choice of transportation? Chevy Vega.

      2. engineerd Avatar

        While I wouldn't go so far to say I like the II over the new one, I do think the Mustang II gets a bad rap. Sure, the engine was anemic, but every engine at that time was anemic. The suspension on the II was ahead of its time and is still sought out by street rodders with a crapload of kits out there.
        So, I don't fully agree with you, but my butt is just fine 😉

        1. Smells_Homeless Avatar

          No, all three of the Mustang's engines were anemic. 🙂 Adding cylinders just seemed to change how it went around turns.
          That said, I looked at at least ten of them when I was searching for my first car and never came up with one that satisfied my dad. Maybe I should start looking again.

          1. Mad_Hungarian Avatar

            The importance of the Mustang II was that it kept the Mustang name and concept alive. The 1973 Mustang was seriously bloated. Further moves in that direction would have been disastrous. Look at what happened to Charger, Cougar and for that matter T-Bird. Without the II, the Mustang would have died as a badge-engineered '75 Torino, something like the Elite most likely.

          2. Smells_Homeless Avatar

            You're absolutely right, of course. The Mustang II was a placeholder until the 5.0 could show up and remind us about muscle. And then the Probe tried to kill it again. The Mustang is a tough old bastard, that's for sure.

  3. pj134 Avatar

    Wait a second, the USA 2009 is actuallY…
    A 2010!

  4. TurboBrick Avatar

    Now wait just a minute! That old Lada is a model 2105 which didn't come out until 1981! In 1978 you had your choice between a 2101 sedan, 2102 wagon and 2103 luxury sedan – all of them had round lamps, the first two had single round lamps each side and the last one had sporty quad lamp setup.

    1. blueplate Avatar

      Only on Hooniverse can the vast hive mind deflate the Truth propagated by JPEGs circulated on the internet!
      Next thing I know, someone will disprove the painting of the Opossum as the "Not My Job Award" at the Arizona Department of Transportation, in Litchfield Park, Arizona. Argh, someone already did that too.
      Seriously, though, that '81 Lada's square grille has a nice amount of '80s design honesty which I actually admire. For the same reason that Volvo 240s appeal to me.
      OK, TurboBrick, smart guy, are the wheels on the '81/'78 Lada period correct?

      1. ptschett Avatar

        I was going to call shenanigans on the wheels too. They'd be surprising on an American car of that purported vintage.

        1. blueplate Avatar

          Am I a conspiracy theorist? <dl>
          <dt>Left photo
          <dd>today's Lada 2105
          <dt>Right photo
          <dd> today's Lada 2107 </dl>

      2. TurboBrick Avatar

        Njet, tovaritsh. No alloys offered even as an option, just steelies with hubcaps even on the 2103 (1500S). Speaking of which, here's picture of one of them. I have no idea of the year, but it doesn't really matter as these were all the same. <img src=""&gt;

        1. Smells_Homeless Avatar

          I have to say that this pic and its timing gave me a little bit of a temporal burn. It was a perfect storm of Gogol Bordello on the radio, vodka in the glass next to me, and Russian car show that did it. Thanks for participating in my Saturday afternoon weirdness!

  5. BlackIce_GTS Avatar

    Is it to obvious to point out that the '78 BMW is a 7 series?

    1. Straight6er Avatar

      Now that you mention it, that BMW has two too many doors to be a sixer. In any case I detest anything but a direct rear (I know, i'm weird) view of the modern 6.

  6. Matti Lilleberg Avatar
    Matti Lilleberg

    Here is a pic from yesterday's Finnish newspaper of the new Russian built Volga!

    1. BlackIce_GTS Avatar

      Holy tiny greenhouse, Batman!
      Maybe the glass is just decorative, and you're supposed to see out the panel gaps.

  7. citroen67 Avatar

    Yay for the Lada love on Hooniverse! I am going to be adding a 1980 Lada Niva to my fleet in just two short weeks! I will be sure to post pics-o-plenty when I get it home(pending I can figure out the HTML Voodoo that will allow me to post pics on here)

    1. Deartháir Avatar

      Better yet, just email me photos of your whole fleet, including the new Niva, and I'll just do up a quick post of it.
      I love seeing peoples' fleets of cool old metal, so that same invitation stands open to anyone else. imitch at gmail dot com, or use the submissions link above.

      1. citroen67 Avatar

        I will do just that! Even though at this moment my "fleet" isn't overly impressive…by far, the Niva will be the most awe-inspiring. But I will get you some pics for sure.

    2. Smoke_Banshee Avatar

      Oh well done. I spent a fair amount of time in Niva's when i lived in Russia and i'd sacrifice a pinky to have one here in the states. Can't wait for the pics.

  8. Syrax Avatar

    The only difference between the new and old T2s around here is the radiator in the front. It's virtually impossible to tell the year of one between 1980 and 2006, when they stopped production of the air-cooled version.
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  9. Buickboy92 Avatar

    I laughed at the Lada.

  10. Smoke_Banshee Avatar

    I have to ask what went wrong in Japan and Germany during those decades? As has been already pointed out, the '78 Lada is incorrect, but honestly, i'd rather have the '09 Lada than anything on the right side…call me sick and twisted or just a nostalgic ex-expatriate to Russia. With the Lada you can turn it into a snowmobile sort of thing, a tank, use it as a make-shit construction lift and they're adept at dodging oncoming trams and taking beatings that would break the spirit of most red-headed step-children.

    1. TurboBrick Avatar

      "Ladillac" isn't exactly a luxurious ride, but it's about as close as mankind has ever come to a specialized arctic vehicle. When the temps drop down to a point where Volvos and Saabs become ice sculptures, your average "cabbage wagon" will fire right up. Also, while western imperialists are relying on their frequently broken down Webasto heaters, "Ladoga" owners will be taking their overcoats off because it's too warm inside. This goes for all models whether they're just a base model "button eyes" or the fancier "Brezhnev's Benz" (the '09 model above).
      Lada owners also seem to have plenty of time to come up with ironic nicknames for their rides.