Classic Soviet Cars: The Vaz 2102 Zhiguli
It looks like a Lada, it drives like a Lada - but in the Soviet Union it was called the Zhiguli! In fact the car is actually called a VAZ (the Valzhsky Automobile Plant). The model number is the 2102 and the designation Zhiguli indicates it is for the home Soviet market. If it was called a Lada then it was destined for outside the USSR. There were, in fact, so many built that it is said to be the most produced car in the world - (or is that just Iron Curtain propaganda?!).
1:43 scale die-cast model.The 2101 was developed through collaboration of USSR and Fiat, with production starting in 1970. Two years later, in 1972, saw the introduction of the Estate version - the 2102. The car is clearly based upon the Fiat 124.
The car was so successful that the town of Tolyatti was built around the factory to house the workers.