Originally Posted by smino
Can not remember full spec but had loan of lada.my god it had stearing wheel like a bus and drove like a tank.mid eighties
Smino, one Thursday in May 1989, I was called into see my boss to be told that I was being transferred to a different station at Shotts and that the transfer was effective immediately meaning that I was starting nightshift on the Monday.
At the time I was staying about 10 miles away from Shotts and while there were buses, it was a case of catching three different ones, staggered across a 80 minute time frame.
Being a poor Police Officer at the time with a mortgage to pay and a wife and two kids to support, I raided the "rainy day" slush fund and had £200 to find another car.
Shotts had a car auction market and that very night I attended and purchased a "D" Reg Lada Riva 1200 for £150.
That meant that I had purchased a two year old car for £150 and it only had 7k on the clock and it even came with seven months road tax.
I used that car to work, to court and to football matches for the four years that I was stationed at Shotts and it cost me nothing for repairs. Yes there was the cost to replace the occasional tyre and to replace the brake pads but that is just general wear and tear.
In the winter months, Shotts can be and usually was one of the worst places in Scotland for snow and for freezing temperatures. The Lada started first time every time even in the coldest days and I regularly had to pull/tow/jump start my colleagues in their Fords and Vauxhalls.
Granted the steering wheel was akin to a buses' but I soon got used to it and it presented no problems. I sold the car in 1994 for £320 to a company in Glasgow who had a "contract" with some Russian guy who was buying up any Lada, so as to ship it back to mother Russia for spare parts.
It was not the greatest car that I have ever owned nor was it the most comfortable but at a time when reliability was an issue for many car manufacturers, it certainly wasn't for Lada.
Well maybe not the Lada Niva