whole lot of ladas

Do you like Ladas? I do, especially when they are tricked out to look extra sporty. I think it would be fun to have one here in the USA since I grew up in the shadow of the Cold War. I have checked into getting one here. They can be bought from people in Europe on eBay. Then you will pay probably $700 to have it shipped over. Then there's the paperwork. The car really needs to be over 20 years old so that it will be exempt from emission and safety regulations. I'm not the type shade-tree mechanic who could keep a 20 year old car running for very long, plus there's the problem of getting parts. I'll have to be content just looking at pictures of them.

A Lada story! Another MyOpera member (guess who!) and I rode all night with three other people, from Sancti Spiritus, Cuba, to Havana, in a Lada with a very troublesome engine. It was crowded in there, but the driver was hot! πŸ˜€ We made it OK, but at times during the night I did entertain the idea of having to hitchhike.

Some of the most interesting Ladas are found in Cuba. Here are links to over thirty nice pictures of them:

Anyway, have a look at the Cuban Lada links above. You will want one, too! πŸ˜€

Here are some Lada pics I took all by myself. All images are clickable for greater detail. Select "all sizes" after landing on the flickr page.

Image #1: Nice and sporty just like I like 'em. Cool "coco taxis" in the background.
Interesting Transportation

Image #2: A pair of them preparing to mate.
Ladas!

Image #3: Old American car, the mating Ladas, and a statue of Christ across the water. πŸ˜†
Cars and Christ

12 responses to “whole lot of ladas

  1. Yup! :up: πŸ˜€

  2. So where is my prize for guessing? πŸ™‚

  3. That another member must be REED!

  4. Well, let me see! What might be good. You could go with us to Burningman 2009 in Nevada if you wanted. We went back in 2004 and have already bought our tickets for 2009 but could probably find one more if necessary. It would require crossing the entire USA in the back seat of our pickup truck, but some people might find that fun. You will survive the event in a 1961 all-metal travel trailer.Is that too many links? Is it too cheeky? πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

  5. I'm ready i'm ready I'm ready

  6. There are 3 airports nearby, GSO, CLT, and RDU. Just drop out of the sky late August and we'll start the adventure. Sorry it won't be in a Lada. πŸ˜†

  7. Lada really mirrors the quintessential car.When you say 'car', you expect to see something that looks like a Lada.

  8. They remind me of a Fiat. I guess they were based on those.Years ago I used to see a lot of a Fiat model called the "Mirafiori". I used to love to yell out that word. 😎

  9. They look old, but I am wondering. Do they make the air pollute?

  10. Do they make the air pollute?

    Probably! They (the Ladas) seem to have little to no emission equipment on them, but at least they are small and easy on the fuel.The old American cars in Cuba tend to smoke a lot. They are very old to still be in daily service. They are all pre-1960 or so.

  11. The old American cars in Cuba tend to smoke a lot

    Cigars? :confused: πŸ˜†

  12. I don't like cigars much, but the ones in Cuba smelled pretty good. :p

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