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Little Lada Is Back to Original

Avatar By Andrey Smazhilo
December 9, 2014
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Photography by Andrey Razhev

It has been a while since I last saw Sergey, the owner of this handsome orange Lada. His car is different from the last time I saw it, as it is now back to its original condition. I’ve always been interested in what makes people perform this or that mod, so I decided it was time some questions were answered…

Q: It always makes me happy seeing an old car in a mint condition like yours, it looks much brighter now. Tell me, what have you done to the car in the last few months?

A: The most noticeable change is, obviously, suspension. I didn’t have the original suspension lying on a shelf because I modified it, so I had to find some parts. The ride is much softer and more comfortable now, and the difference is night and day compared to what it was. Also, the exhaust was all crushed and rotten due to constantly hitting the ground, and there was no option other than replacing it completely except for the header.

Q: It always makes me happy seeing an old car in a mint condition like yours, it looks much brighter now. Tell me, what have you done to the car in the last few months?

A: The most noticeable change is, obviously, suspension. I didn’t have the original suspension lying on a shelf because I modified it, so I had to find some parts. The ride is much softer and more comfortable now, and the difference is night and day compared to what it was. Also, the exhaust was all crushed and rotten due to constantly hitting the ground, and there was no option other than replacing it completely except for the header.

Q: Was it hard doing all of this yourself in a garage?

A: It was definitely easier than dropping the car. For sure, it required lots of time to replace the components in the suspension but I didn’t have to reinvent the wheel to put it all back. When you are dropping such an old car, it needs lots of attention in different places, including reinforcing some parts. But making it stock again–it was a lot easier. Another issue was finding the original tyres for the car–unfortunately, they are not produced anymore. However, I was lucky enough and my neighbour garagisti had a spare set, and it was only a matter of bargaining to trade the tyres for some rare chrome parts I’ve been collecting over years. I was happy owning those but I didn’t want to sell or use them simply because I wanted to preserve them. Now, the time has come and someone might put them to good use.

Q: Why and how have you come to the decision to bring car to the condition in which it left the factory in Togliatti in 1979?

A: I must have become older, I guess. Nowadays, many young people customise their cars, everyone wants to be different from the other guy. If you take a look at modern cars, they are all different. Someone buys aftermarket rims, the other one opts for a bodykit, those who have some crazy mixture of gasoline and God knows what else running through their veins build crazy track tools. I myself, through ownership, have learned to understand one very important thing–old cars are already different. There is no need to customize them since they stand out in a crowd as they are–stock with a little bit of patina. You just need to keep running them for as long as you can and preserve them for the next generations of Petrolisti.

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The same red 2101 was my first car at age 17. Такие дела:p

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Слово [b]”[i]гаражисты[/i]”[/b] всё ещё вводит в заблуждение заморского обывателя 😉

Stephan P
Stephan P

Wow. I liked it before and I like it even more now.
I was at a well known Italian car show and a Fiat 124 sedan very similar to your car got more attention than the myriad of Ferrari on display. Congratulations on a job well done.
I personally would like to have one mildly restomoded as a nice alternativet to an Alfa Super or 2002.

Nick
Nick

I’ve restored many an old Fiat. 124, 600, 850, 2300, 500 and an “exotic” Fiat Dino. Wherever these cars are on the road, they attract admiring glances. In fact my 500 gets more attention than my mates Ferrari 308. It doesn’t have to be an exotic to be deemed restorable and of interest. I love old cars whether they are beetles, mini, citroen etc. They convey an era of the past that is well gone. The other day at a Cars and Coffee regular meet a Trabant showed up and it drew an amazing crowd of curious and amazed onlookers.… Read more »

Eddie Relvas
Eddie Relvas

Great to see these wonderful cars finally getting appreciated for what they are. The Fiat 124, and the Lada which derived from it, are some very competent cars that, even though they were designed in the 60’s, are still perfectly competent in modern traffic, and so very charming. That steering wheel is the original design, and it is indeed quite lovely. I handle one like it everyday in my 124 Familiare (wagon version). These early Ladas are almost a complete carbon copy of the 124. I’m sure it is now much better to drive. There’s a time for everything, I… Read more »

TJ Martin
TJ Martin

You know for a fact that we’re finally reaching the absolute pinnacle of ” The Celebration of the Inane ” in the automotive hobby when people begin wasting the time and money to restore such absolute and meaningless dreck like the Lada/124 …. and even worse …. when others begin to applaud such abject and futile ventures .

Passion …. in todays revisionist dictionary obviously having been redefined as being ; Blatant delusion masquerading as passion in current [ not so ] Hip(ster) lingo

Guest
Guest

Screw you I hate your guts

Guest
Guest

DB Martin is his ‘best’ again. Some people have to take medication for it, DB Martin writes on Petrolicious.

Siddharth Pandey
Siddharth Pandey

I usually don’t reply to comments, but in this case, I’d like to say a few words.
Not everyone has the privilege of owning a classic Ferrari, Mr. TJ Martin. This website was created to celebrate passion for classic vehicles, be it a Lada, a Porsche 959, or a Ferrari 288 GTO. What you consider ‘abject and futile’ may be a lifetime worth of effort and passion for someone else. If you can’t appreciate it, fine, but that doesn’t mean you have to make disparaging comments about the time and money somebody has put into restoring their automobile.

Andrew Salt
Andrew Salt

Leave the kid alone.
If you don’t have anything positive to say, please keep your opinions to yourself.

Christopher Wilmot
Christopher Wilmot

I’d stick with the stanced look personally. But what do I know. I’m just a youngin’

ed
ed

Got to be honest, I loved it with the slammed suspension and stunning interior that the previous owner had, although I can certainly see the advantages of refitting a reasonable ride height for daily use i think something in between with new rubber would have been the perfect solution…. But each too their own and as an original restoration it does look great, in fact I think the model has really aged well as it looks better than I remember seeing any lada’s from that era

Kuroneko
Kuroneko

What a great step back in time feel here. Great car, neat locations… Thanks! Neko.

Jakob
Jakob

Passion is the driving force not the car.
Kudos !

Cristian Alexandru
Cristian Alexandru

I love the steering wheel. Great job on restoring this old lady and many km ahead without problems. God speed.

Alexandru Ionut Bujdei
Alexandru Ionut Bujdei

I agree, the steering wheel is wicked. A nice touch on an awesome car.

M86
M86

That’s a stock steering wheel btw.

I think the color of this car was referred to as Corrida? My grandfather used to have a similar VAZ/Zhiguli 2101, albeit in brown. This one looks mighty good.

Greetings from Estonia