Russian Field Contains Interesting Selection of Soviet Oddities

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What's not to love about a field full of vehicles in various states of decomposition? This sentiment is perhaps even more true when the assortment of family sedans and commercial vehicles are of Russian origin—at least that is what it seems like after looking at these pictures.

What really struck us after discovering this field of dreams on EnglishRussia, was not the enormity or rarity of this specific field of rusting Russian relics but the idea of how many other fields full of old and broken machine must litter the massive country. Quickly our productivity disappeared as visions of fields of rusting UAZ 2269s drove us almost to the point of considering a trip to Russia.

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Are these interesting pictures of old rotting cars and trucks actually just the tools of a plot to drive those with a taste for odd Russian vehicles on an insufferably long plane ride in search of fields full of junk which may or may not exist? Perhaps, but a more plausible explanation for this reaction is the oddly irresistible nature of a field full of old rusty vehicles—regardless of the country of origin.

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Actually at least Lada and Volga as a brands are not so ad as everyone is trying to say.(I say that as a owner of two Ladas) Yeap they have their share of problems, but those cars are built for people who don't need AC or putting automatic transmission and ABS and Airbags make them to expensive and can go on like forever if maintained right.

And if we look objectively some of the designs and technologies are just in the times when the cars were designed. My Lada Samara have every single design feature for ABS(and that is a car launched 1984), AC, electric windows. They just never were put, because that luxury was philosophy not for the common man in a socialistic country. Also Porsche helped with Samara engine design some of the parts are actually foreign patents licensed to the Soviets.

The Lada Niva even though it is designed in the end of the 70s it is still one of the best offroaders on the market. It is small with simple design and very good if sometimes problematic 4x4 system. There is a good story nobody knows about. When Suzuki were developing the second gen Samurai they actually took some ideas and studied what the russians have done. And when Suzuki launched it in 1981 they send a brochure to Russia and they wrote in it: Lada Niva baptist of this automobile.