Greetings from Finland. I’m new member in this forum. I have been reading this forum quite long and decided to join and introduce one of my projects from my Fiat collection.
I was dreaming about Lada wagon until I saw pictures of this car. And luckily it was for sale so I had to buy it. Specially in this condition these are hard to find.
Interior was also in good shape. Especially that dash is usually burned by the sun.
Car came without engine and transmission. I managed to find 1600tc engine with 5-speed transmission and rear end with disc brakes from 132 Fiat. Tc engines are hard to find and expensive because they are used in folk races here in Finland. I took engine in parts and now I’m putting it back together with new piston rings and bearings. Test fitted some Alfa Romeo wheels for it. They might be worth of taking the paint of and repaint. Thanks for reading this long story. I’ll be updating when the project goes on.
Thanks for your comments. I have started also believe that this is rare car at least here in Finland. And it seems to be rare worldwide. Here are few pictures of the condition of the car. I took seats and floor mats away to inspect the floor. Scraped that insulation stuff away and found few small holes.
Such a nice shape on this. From the side it almost looks like an intended prototype Lada before a production Lada got watered down, in a BMC/BL sort of way. I'm trying to imagine it bumperless and slammed, but don't do that please, its too rare.
Most 60s Fiats dissolved faster than 70s Alfasuds. The fact that this one is so good is incredible, it must have been stored well for years, I cannot believe it has lived most of its life outside! I remember these in saloon form, very rare here, even back in the day. Great find!
Cool car!! I knew the saloon existed but never a wagon. I love the faded patina to the paint, Twin cam engine is a good idea too. I don't like the FWD Alfa wheels though,too flat,I'm sure you'll find something better.
Here is another test with different wheels. But I think these are going to my fiat 850 coupe. This is not going to be slammed but it needs to be lowered. I also like that patina so I’m not repainting the car.
I heard from the guy I bought this that this car has been stored inside somewhere in 80’s. And it was couple years outside before he bought it. In Finland old cars used to rust away really fast esspecially because salting the roads in winter.
My dad had stored steering wheel from neckar 1500ts he had ages ago. He gave it to me. It looks quite close to Nardi but it might be made by Personal. I cleaned and polished it little. It came out pretty nice.
I’m not sure yet that do I leave that horn button ring away. I like the way it looks when the bolts are visible. It’s definitely going to my Familiare.