Ridin' that train
- Apr 4, 2020
Hmm I've never even heard of a Lada. Pretty sure those didnt cost 90k though. They made a good niche sports car but that's about it. It's like a poor man's Lambo. Nothing more nothing less.
Their first non-military car was a cast-off Fiat model - the rear-wheel-drive 124. Fiat sold the USSR the design, rights and tooling - the whole plant, less the building, to set up in Siberia somewhere.
And that was the only car the Soviet non-Party people could buy - if they could get Party permission and raise the money.
They were imported to Canada, but not the US. Although it was close - the USSR actually tried to get American EPA approval for importation; and had a list of potential dealers.
The Lada was every bit as trashy as the Yugo - another Fiat model sold to another Communist government ministry, in that case, Yugoslavia. The Yugo was based on the Fiat 127 - and interestingly, Zastava and VAZ would make parts for each other, since there was a lot of design similarity in things like steering columns, wiring harnesses and the like.
I've seen three Ladas, when in Canada (I used to be there a lot) - one was dead in a service plaza on the QEW; another was stalled on the side of the road on the Trans-Canada Highway in Alberta. A third was parked in a yard, FOR SALE, in Toronto.