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(National Post)   Lada retires model first released in 1982, just when it's finally starting to look cool again   (life.nationalpost.com) divider line 23
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2012-04-16 08:55:02 PM
CSB time: I was a diplomatic brat living in Moscow in the late 70s, and my dad bought one of those for about $2000 through the diplomatic store. The embassy liaison said the first thing he should do is disconnect the radio, and break off the antenna, since most models delivered for diplomats at the time were "upgraded" with all kinds of surveillance options.

Also back then the Soviet automotive infrastructure was so poor that nobody left windshield wipers on their car, and when it rained, the entire street would suddenly come to a complete standstill as people stopped to install them!

People also used cheap rot-gut vodak in their radiators, too, since antifreeze generally was a black-market item and cost well over a month's salary.


/End CSB
 
2012-04-16 09:00:50 PM
I dont know why but I always wanted a Niva. Just looked like something you could drive without worrying about dents,scratches since it looked disposable.
 
2012-04-16 09:16:12 PM
I think I'd look cooler driving a Segway.
 
2012-04-16 09:16:42 PM
Will it be replaced by the D-Frickin model?
 
2012-04-16 09:21:22 PM
Read Lada as a weird mash up of Lady Gaga and was really confused by the headline.
 
2012-04-16 09:27:36 PM
A friend had one when we were stationed in Iceland in the early 90's. Seemed a little crude, but not too bad. IIRC, the timing chain had a manual tensioner and the carb had a manual choke. I could deal with one to run back an forth to work.
 
2012-04-16 09:33:17 PM
Looks like a crude knockoff of the Volvo 240.
 
2012-04-16 09:41:51 PM

markie_farkie: CSB time:
Also back then the Soviet automotive infrastructure was so poor that nobody left windshield wipers on their car, and when it rained, the entire street would suddenly come to a complete standstill as people stopped to install them!

People also used cheap rot-gut vodak in their radiators, too, since antifreeze generally was a black-market item and cost well over a month's salary.
/End CSB


Minor correction. The wipers were not kept on because otherwise they would be stolen the same night, sometimes during the day. The clever bit was to keep a piece of rubber tubing on the tip of the wiper arm so that switching them on by accident would not scratch the windshield
 
2012-04-16 10:13:20 PM

gopher321: I think I'd look cooler driving a Segway.


Nobody looks cool driving a Segway.
/nobody
//ever
 
2012-04-16 11:07:54 PM
just when it's finally starting to look cool again

And I was sure that was a Kia in the picture.

/Where are the hip-hop hamsters?
 
2012-04-16 11:11:23 PM

CoonAce: Looks like a crude knockoff of the Volvo 240.


Good lord, nothing as fancy as that. It was a licensed copy of a mid 1960s Fiat and the "1982" in the headline and TFA merely refers to a mid-cycle refresh.

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-04-16 11:12:51 PM

Kurmudgeon: gopher321: I think I'd look cooler driving a Segway.

Nobody looks cool driving a Segway.
/nobody
//ever


Bullshiat.

www.demotivationalposters.org
 
2012-04-16 11:14:04 PM

CoonAce: Looks like a crude knockoff of the Volvo 240.


It's based on the Fiat 124 from the mid-60s.
 
2012-04-17 12:02:03 AM

hitmanric: I dont know why but I always wanted a Niva. Just looked like something you could drive without worrying about dents,scratches since it looked disposable.


One of my friends has one - they are quite capable offroaders.
He paid some $12k for it a few years ago (new) - although you'd think it had already done 100k miles the first time you climbed onboard. All sorts of screeching noises in the cabin. And at 60mph you could barely hear yourself talk.

also,

i42.tinypic.com
 
2012-04-17 12:10:11 AM

RandomTux: Minor correction.


I realized after I submitted that that I left out the "to keep them from being stolen" bit...

Damn multitasking while working!!
 
2012-04-17 01:35:38 AM
nice, markie_farkie, thanks!

(FuLinHyu, I'm guessing you're under 30?)

Subby's right, they were just starting to look retro-cool.
 
2012-04-17 03:20:24 AM
FTFA: It was also a victim of more jokes than possibly any other make in the world.



Begs to differ.
 
2012-04-17 03:21:43 AM

unyon: FTFA: It was also a victim of more jokes than possibly any other make in the world.



Begs to differ.


Gaah. Image failure. Let's try this again:

dayerses.com
 
2012-04-17 05:00:26 AM

CygnusDarius: Bullshiat.


That one doesn't roll.
 
2012-04-17 08:40:33 AM
I recall an article about a company that would insist that their salesman with the lowest sales from the prior month drive a Riva for the following month instead of their regular company car until their sales surpassed a colleagues.
 
2012-04-17 11:30:30 AM
My Grandad had two of them growing up. No power steering, no power brakes. Unreal!
 
2012-04-17 12:52:21 PM
Didnt they do a BBC version of Top Gear where they trashed these things. I remember reading a story in the 80s about how long it took a person to buy one and then get all the problems with it fixed. Seemed like it took over a year to get it bought and fixed and at the end as he was driving it off some drunk mechanic was saying good bye and smacked the roof and put a big dent in it.
 
2012-04-17 08:12:21 PM
That thing would make a cool "sleeper." Drop a ZL1 in that sucker with a T-56 and a 9 inch rear, cage it to stiffen it up, and go surprise some ricers.
 
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