James May drives the new Lada Niva
The Soviet workhorse is back from the dead. We send a nice chap called May to drive it
Posted: 22 Feb 2011
Mark Key, posing as Niva Imports in a funny Russian hat, has charged himself with importing this fine icon of Soviet automotive excellence for the first time since the early Nineties. It's yours for a bit under £10,000 in red, white or blue, and comes with a two-year warranty that will be honoured providing you have the car serviced at a VAT-registered garage. Try getting that past your Merc dealer.
Currently, the Niva is only available in left-hand drive and as a four-seater or a van. The tooling for the RHD version still exists at the factory, apparently, but they will only get it out if you place an order for 500 or more. Mark has so far sold six.