Spotted in China: Lada Niva with an identity Crisis

Published on July 17, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

A rusty Lada Niva seen near a fish pond in Beijing. The poor car looked unhealthy and clearly hadn’t seen the road for ages. On top of that it had a serious identity crisis, according to stickers and badges it was a Lada, a Mitsubishi and a Jeep.

Fake air inlet. Four fog lights. Very strange mirror on the left. The Lada Niva is a capable 4×4 with many fans around the world. It was sold in small numbers in China during the’70’s,  ’80’s and early ’90’s. This was the very first Niva I have seen in China, ever. It is very likely one of the very few that still exist.

Sticker writes: Jeep Super Cherokee, Jeep of road package. Capable indeed.The Lada Niva is still in production in Russia. Production started in 1977. Engines have been updated a little bit, you can have a 1.6 or a 1.7. There might come Opel-engines under the bonnet later.

See exhaust pipe. Good for noise, not good off road.

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  1. Marc Sim- December 31, 2011 Reply

    a very tragic fate for such a capable little 4-wheeler…

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