1975 VAZ-2103: A Soviet Time Machine

An automobile that was produced in numbers well into the tens of millions doesn’t seem so unique, but what if one of those cars hadn’t been touched for more than forty years before its rediscovery? That’s the story behind this Soviet-era survivor that shows just under 150 kilometers on the clock, and it’s all original despite the Curtain coming down decades ago. It’s a time capsule from an altogether different history than most of the cars in our Made to Drive series, and though it’s not a sporting machine by any means, the VAZ-2103 “Zhiguli” is still one of the most significant cars ever built. Let the proud owner of this 1975 example tell you why.

See the photoshoot and further info on the VAZ-2103 here: http://petro.li/VAZ

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40 thoughts on “1975 VAZ-2103: A Soviet Time Machine

  1. I have been the proud owner of one of these for the last 15 years. It's been a joy, have driven about 60.000 km.

  2. Teddy Watson says:

    Plane seemingly psychologist tftgrgr or diagnosis clear studio nail emphasize.

  3. Mike Yerke says:

    I want one.

  4. Mario Puente says:

    We all knew these cars as LADA in Southamerica. Did Russians ever call them as such?

  5. Wow! What a russian spy car!

  6. старое гавно!

  7. Fluterra says:

    Thank god Communism is almost extinct. What a POS.

  8. LeadHammer says:

    VAZ is the name of the company/factory: Volzhski Auto Zavod, that is, Volga Car Works (not to be confused with Volga cars made by Gorky car works). The cars themselves were sold in the Soviet Union as "Zhiguli", but this name was considered hard to pronounce for export markets and also sounding similar to gigolo, so on the export markets it has been sold as Lada. Starting from the 2108 model in 1986, VAZ switched to Lada for the domestic market as well.

  9. Will you guys do a Supra?

  10. Peter says:

    Having a weird culture here in mid-east europe for ladas, I can tell you they are properly shit

  11. SAMREZ-55 says:

    Super condition !!! Respekt

  12. 120bpm says:

    This should have russian subtitles! I can add it if you allow it in settings.

  13. Albert Tran says:


  14. Такие машина когда на дороге видят-все стараются от них держаться подальше-и водители и пешеходы.Надо вообще запретить прохождение техосмотров такому старью и убрать его нахрен с дорог страны.

  15. Tomas Hancar says:

    My grandpa used to drive me around in one of these FIATs 124 back in mid 90's. Brings back memories!

  16. I wonder where this was filmed. It couldn't have been in Russia because he didn't have a dashcam…

  17. Claudiu Punk says:

    Felicitari frate moldovan♥️

  18. I drove it once, also a 1975 model. It was called "Lada 1500 S" in the Netherlands. I remember everything feeling very heavy. Gas pedal, brakes, shifting, clutch all heavy. Steering was a tour the force, even and very indirect. It was also very difficult to drive away in, as the clutch only knew 2 states: Engaged or Free, nothing in between. Almost the same for the gas response of the engine. It felt like a racing engine. Touch the pedal and it would rev up big time! It was very reliable, only rust was a problem after a few years. That was not uncommon. The car used not too much fuel (9l/100km) which was good at the time for such a big car (it was considered a roomy car in Europe back then). A pity they never made a luxury station wagon version. Only the cheap model could be bought as a station wagon with 1200, 1300 and yes also this 1500 cc engine.

  19. nice fiat

  20. Rocky Jacob says:

    We have a the same car in India it’s called 118ne . My favourite.

  21. K.J. G. says:

    Leave it to Petrolicious to make even a shit soviet car look somewhat cool. This channel is incredible

  22. I love how people hate it just because they saw someone who heard once that somebody said to somebody that these cars are suck, Fiat copys and etc. Get your knowledge right. I also love the old Top Gear and now The Grand Tour, but they are just simply hate it because… why not? If they were that rubbish as you say and think, people would not use them nowadays… because they do (or at least who had one, regret get rid of it)
    Great video Petrolicius!

  23. gagu112 says:

    Roman de al meu ❤

  24. MrGrentch says:

    I love that car. And fair play to the owner for finding, preserving and driving it.

  25. Spider says:

    the owner is romanian :)

  26. Совдепия всегда делала низкокачественные говноизделия и автомобили не исключение-полный отстой!Парадокс-в совковские времена все грезили иномарками,а сейчас состарившиеся совки дрочат на то что и машиной то не назавешь!

  27. Машина полный отстой,как и всё,сделанное в ссср.В металлолом или подарить какому-нибудь совкодрочеру.Да на ней же опасно ездить-ты бы еще телегой поуправлял!Всё имеет свой возростной ресурс.А у всего совдеповского его не было изначально.)

  28. Moldova looks quite picturesque.

  29. Eric Shea says:

    I'm curious if the owner has replaced the Soviet-era tires on this time capsule. There's a close-up of a tire at 5:38, but I can't make out all of the lettering.

  30. Igor Horvat says:

    Прелеп филм :)

  31. Foarte frumos! Sunt mândru pentru compatriotul meu! Bravo!

  32. And then to think that even the DAF shown driving by in the end of the clip is already considered 'uncommon' in Western Europe.
    The East surely has some automotive treasures.

  33. Solex Sahara says:

    Я хочу такую!!

  34. Car Freak says:

    Suka blyat

  35. ZWERI2 says:

    Roata way!)))

  36. Italian and Japanese Design +200% no Vodka

  37. Mike McKay says:

    So it's an Italian car? I'm confused

  38. ansaree97 says:

    Wow, what are the chances of coming upon something like that?? That is one beautiful, unique machine and I don't think anyone could've done a better job at telling it's story than you guys.

  39. Mappax RO says:

    in sfarsit un video la care nu tre sa imi pun subtitrari

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