6 legendary Soviet cars, which in a new body can again go on the road

30-11-2017, 09:06

The history of the automotive industry knows many examples when the old popular models, quietly and peacefully rotting in the streets, became “ideological prototypes” for new cars. The laurels of the successfully updated FIAT 500 and Dodge Challenger prevent many managers and designers from falling asleep. Especially popular are projects based on cars originally from the USSR.
1. Lada California

For a long time "Niva" was the most popular civil SUV in the USSR. Model VAZ-2121 quite seriously prepared for driving on bad roads and at the same time provides a higher level of comfort than the utilitarian UAZ, originally designed for the military. But we must admit that the 40-year-old car is still outdated.

Togliatti designer Denis Ponyatov presented his vision of the updated Niva. The concept car, called the Lada California, retained recognizable proportions and angular features of the Soviet car,successfully embodied in the modern body.

It is not excluded that this is exactly what the new Niva will look like, which AvtoVAZ plans to produce from 2018/2019.
2. "Zaporozhets"

In Europe, urban-class cars such as the FIAT 500, Volkswagen Beetle, and Mini Cooper are very popular.

Their success, perhaps, became a source of inspiration for the authors of the conceptual vehicle based on the “hunchbacked” Zaporozhets ZAZ-965. The car looks very stylish and modern.
3. Volga 2020 Concept

A few years ago, the Russian designer Alexander Shtorm (Kazan) showed a project for a concept car, which could be produced at GAZ as a new Volga in 2020. Unfortunately, the management of the plant in Nizhny

Novgorod in a different way imagines the fate of a popular sedan in the USSR.

4. GAZ 5000 GL

GAZ 5000 GL is another Volga that could get on the Gazovskiy conveyor. At least, some Internet sources say so. The car looks aggressive and modern, but it will not go into mass production, limiting itself to several images.

5. VAZ-2101 "Penny"

This year, the network has information that AvtoVAZ intends to again send to the conveyor of the popular "classics" VAZ-2101, there were pictures of the new car.The concept car resembles a Ford Mustang and a Chevrolet Camaro at the same time and is equipped with a 2-liter turbocharged engine of 200 hp. The source even claimed that the car will go on sale at the end of 2017. Unfortunately, the expectations of fans of the domestic auto industry did not materialize and the car exists in the form of images.

6. GAZ-69

Russian tuning studio Truck Garage for many years specializes in the preparation of off-road vehicles. One of their latest projects is a new SUV based on a used GAZ-69. The famous army "jeep" is known for its durability, maneuverability, reliability. The machine is strongly associated with the Red Army.

The car, created in Truck Garage, will retain the main features of the progenitor: simplicity and utility. To adapt the car to the conditions of heavy off-road, it will expand the wheel arches and sills, put more "toothed" tires. The suspension has been completely redesigned, the car will receive an automatic gearbox and one of a series of powerful engines from 3.0 to 6.4 liters.
Already collected 12 orders for the upgraded version of the GAZ-69 SUV, from which, in fact, only the body remained unchanged.
Unfortunately, attempts to "revive" the famous Soviet cars so far have not been crowned with success.

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