This Lada Niva, photographed at the 2014 Orphan Car Show in Ypsilanti, Michigan, is in a bit better shape than the one that usually shows up at the OCS. That Lada is more of a working four-by-four, with tow hooks, a winch and a trailer hitch in back. This Niva is a bit nicer. It’s more a of show car, with a display of literature and model cars on the hood. Technically, though, it wasn’t really part of the show.
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The owner just drove it to the show as an attendee, but when the show organizers spotted the Lada they asked him if he’d park it right near the entrance. The Lada is one of the last cars sold that can be hand started and the owner had the hand crank inserted, so I asked him if he’d try to start it for our readers.