Three Box Rocks


Now, call us old fashioned, but we had never, ever lusted after a Lada. We like boxy everymen like the Fiat 131 and the Alfasud Giardinetta. There’s something beautifully utilitarian about the classically workaday three box format that has all but disappeared in contemporary car design. But a Lada?

It just might be that stmbling upon these pictures on the delightful General Consumption blog has changed our minds forever. We have no idea from where these particularly pretty, subtly modded Lada 1200s come from (are they Polish plates), but wherever they are and whoever is responsible deserves a medal. Simply lovely. It’s a good bet that these are from Hungary, we suppose, as loads of these cars were apparently built there. But then again, they were built al over the Eastern side of Europe, so who knows? Perhaps the nice folk at Lada owners club UK can help?

Wherever they roll there’s a little corner of the East that is forever California.


5 Responses to “Three Box Rocks”

  1. vipertruck99

    so cool and so veedubesque,part rat rod part cal look.always fancied getting a datsun bluebird (510) and shoehorning a nice modern nissan motor in it ,sr20 or even rb25/rb26.but try finding one outside of socal or down under.british climate was not kind to them.think these wee ladas would lend themselves well to an e30 bmw drivetrain.instead of the traditional fiat twin cam.

  2. I like the red one.

    Appreciate you guys publishing stuff that makes me think my 20 year old GVR4 is too complicated.

    With fuel prices what they are (and will continue to be), it’s stories like this that get me wondering if I’d rather have a full-on race car in the garage I can take out once or twice a month for a few hours’ revelry, or a small, shiny tincan with personality I can daily drive at 100% within the letter of the law.

    Of course, what am I to do with the partially prepared rally car in the garage? 

  3. Interesting.  I followed your link to the General Consumption site and notice you have the wrong URL. It should be Bob

  4. Dribbly Mark

    Undoubtedly cool, noticed a similar Seat version in Spain recently.  Do not forget these things were raced back in the day.  These were a mid sized saloon, funny how big new motors are now.