Films: 1975 VAZ-2103: The Soviet Time Machine

1975 VAZ-2103: The Soviet Time Machine

March 20, 2018
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Robert in LA
Robert in LA

Extraordinary piece of history. Thanks so much for presenting this car, this man and his story. The diversity of this film series is part of what makes it exceptional.

Gabe Gross

Very nice car. It brought back memories from my childhood seeing these cars everyday when i was i kid. . Was nice to hear the home language again (Romanian) . That is car is a time capsule like the owner said. Very nice video indeed. Thanks . Bring more from Romania Please . Love it.

Robert in LA
Robert in LA

Yes. To find one in completely original condition. Very rare. And this is the higher specification model with guages and features like trim on the wheel arches to prevent stone pecking, and separate bulbs for high & low beam. The Fiat 124s were a marvelous series of cars. Light. Agile. Nimble. They won the European ‘Car of the Year’ award in 1964. As they evolved they defined for the 1970s what a small, front wheel drive ‘berlina’ could be, with their up-right seating and four doors. And this VAZ had the same suspension geometry as the 124, and much the… Read more »

Robert in LA
Robert in LA

Typo . . . These were front engined, rear wheel drive cars, with a live axle, weren’t they. Not FF with a transverse engine as I wrote below.

wmaloney
wmaloney

Great video as usual. And makes me realize again how fortunate I was to be born and raised where I was. Nice to see others get joy from something that many of us take for granted every day. Thanks for sharing.

Landroving
Landroving

This video is well done, as all Petrolicious videos are but it’s also interesting in that it demonstrates how the lens of time works. The owner of this car is found of it not for the technical aspects of the engine, chassis, suspension, etc; his passion is for what the car represented in his life. As pedestrian as a Soviet version of a Fiat 124 maybe, it was the taste of freedom to him and to others. The western version of life behind the iron curtain maybe skewed by our own propeganda but I think its safe to say that… Read more »

Stephan P
Stephan P

When I travel Europe I like to seek out local car shows. One thing I really appreciate is everything is welcome. Nobody looks down on another mans treasure. For example at a recent French show there was everything from a well used Peugeot 404 to an Alpine A310. Its too bad more people don’t view these videos the same way. I find something interesting in every one.

Brent Bonfiglio
Brent Bonfiglio

I love this little car…. I grew up in the 70’s… my mother drove an Audi 100LS and my aunt had a Fiat 124…. that was LIME GREEN… I thought at the time it was the coolest car ever ever……LOL

Koks
Koks

This is not a Fiat. This is piece of crap made by soviet Russia.

Jared
Jared

It might be crap, it might not (the photos and video make it look nice), but it certainly wasn’t made by Soviet Russia. It was made by normal people, for normal people IN Soviet Russia. Politics aside, the fellow in the video is a real guy with a family just like many of us, and like us, he imprinted upon a vehicle from his childhood. What’s to hate about that?

Koks
Koks

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Jared
Jared

This video is an odd collision for me, as I love small sedans of this type and era, but I am also fascinated by Russia, its culture, history and worldview. This car was a symbol in that era and country, and even if the quality, panache or performance was unremarkable, it still functioned as a potent equalizer for that society. How many other cars can fall into that category?

gringo
gringo

a bunch . My guess – this was a car for pretty elite people.

JB21
JB21

It’s so interesting to see what people love. I mean, the car itself, I drove one once, and man, it was horrid, but I can totally appreciate the passion this man has for it. It’s pure love. Yet another great video!

Koks
Koks

It is not worth any attention, it is not any kind of history, it is a shitbox made out of Fiat by soviet Russia.

canyon
canyon

Koks have you considered this film say in comparison to a hamburger, not just any hamburger yet one a film was made about.The film introduced the short order cook,who at night had a bbq business doing parties.The film offered views of his countryside,and he talked of family and their experiences around bbq and his downtown fast food restaurant. Film and music were closely linked in rhythm,like a dance performed . Some people found it interesting for many reasons,while others found it worthless. Thru Petrol,car’s and homes,dreams and aspirations are shared around the world table openly for ones personal pleasure,curiosity and… Read more »

Bohemianracer
Bohemianracer

I was trying to figure where was this filmed and by looking at the plates I am assuming it’s Moldavia.

Dennis White
Dennis White

I almost didn’t bother to play this video and boy, would that have been a mistake! A fascinating history, some beautiful visuals, a Prokofiev-style waltz, and a really neat little car. Thanks!

Alexandre Goncalves
Alexandre Goncalves

What a great story! A friend of mine had a LADA, which resembled the VAZ on this film. (from what I’ve read – I think it«s the same brand – am I corretc?)

BTW, were was this shot? Moldavia?

Thanks for sharing this piece of automotive history from the other side of the “iron curtain”

Robert in LA
Robert in LA

The VAZ was made in a version for export from Russia, and sold in places with similar driving and market conditions like Greece and Turkey, where the higher ground clearance helped on rural roads. That export version of the car was branded as the LADA. So highly similarly cars, yes.

Alexandre Goncalves
Alexandre Goncalves

Thanks for the info!