Sign up to receive the weekly newsletter featuring the very latest from Petrolicious. Don’t be left out—join the ranks of those who Drive Tastefully.
Already a member? Log in
We're glad you're back.
Not a member yet? Sign up
We'll get you back on track.
21 Comments on "1975 VAZ-2103: The Soviet Time Machine"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
This is not a Fiat. This is piece of crap made by soviet Russia.
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?
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?
a bunch . My guess – this was a car for pretty elite people.
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!
It is not worth any attention, it is not any kind of history, it is a shitbox made out of Fiat by soviet Russia.
I was trying to figure where was this filmed and by looking at the plates I am assuming it’s Moldavia.
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!
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”
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.
Thanks for the info!
Follow us on: