Lot 210: Lada Hussar
The Lada Niva (2121) was described by its designers as a "Renault 5 put on a Land Rover chassis." It was Lada's first non-Fiat based model. Much of its mechanicals are carried over from the Fiat based models though the body, four-wheel drive system and front suspension were designed by Lada. Production began in 1977 and continues today with only minor changes to the engine, rear hatch design, and interior trim levels. During the 1980s, local Lada importers in various markets made their own upgrades to help compete with more modern SUVs. In the UK, the Cossack model featured large body decals, roof rails, running boards, 15" alloy wheels and, on some versions, a sunroof, steel bullbars, spotlights, a rear-mounted spare tyre and semi-bucket seats. Other markets' importers made similar upgrades and many were also called Cossack. In 1995, Lada UK introduced a face-lifted version of the Niva Cossack and renamed the basic model as the Hussar. Whereas the Hussar had the original 1977 trim, the new UK Cossack featured a new Rover-designed grille and other body kit items and gained soft nudge-bars at the front in deference to public opinion against bullbars. Both models received the same new 1.7-litre engine and a new deeper tailgate which extended the rear opening to the level of the bumper - a vast improvement over the original model's high lip. This 1997 Lada Hussar has spent a lot of its life in the West Country before moving from Dorset to Wales. Painted in green with black interior, this car is fitted with bullbars, rear light guards, alloy wheels and tow hitch. This Hussar is a no nonsense workhorse which can go anywhere as shown by the presenters of Top Gear when they invaded Greenham Common in Berkshire in one. The car is supplied with V5C registration document and a new MoT test certificate valid for twelve months.
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