Happy 40th, Lada Niva!

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The indestructible Lada Niva first rolled off the production line 40 years ago — on April 5, 1977, to be exact — and was described by its designers as a “Renault 5 put on a Land Rover chassis.”.

A team of VAZ designers under Vladimir Solovyev began development in 1971, aiming to create a "civilized" four-wheel drive vehicle. Much of its mechanicals are carried over from the earlier Fiat 124-based Lada models, though the body, four-wheel drive system, and front suspension were designed by VAZ — the basic model was in production until 1994.

Happy birthday, Niva!