Niva is a Russian word for agricultural field and is an off-road vehicle that was developed after several years of testing in the most difficult to travel places such as the Pamir mountains in Tajikistan and flatlands in Kazakhstan.
An SUV with an all-time 4 x 4, the Lada Niva features independent front suspension with coil springs and was formidable competition to another Russian SUV called the UAZ 469. These cars were exported in Europe in good numbers.
Lada Niva’s representative in France, Jacques Pock (written as POCH, in Russian) wanted to get these SUV’s exposed more to the outside world as he saw it's potential and therefore managed to convince the Export House (AvtoExport*) in Soviet Union. It was also during this time that French biker Thierry Sabin was planning to start the Paris – Dakar Rally that would test different models in hostile environment.
So Lada Niva gave the permission to allow five SUVS to participate in the gruelling race which laid the seeds of the world's most popular rally in 1978. Out of the five SUV's that participated, only one team could not complete the race. This event brought the Lada Niva more solid recognition as an SUV born tough.
This metal model is a replica of the SUV # 157 driven by Frenchmen André Trossat and Eric Briavoinе.
* During communist times, AvtoExport was the official government agency to export Soviet cars to the West
|- Premium collectible|
|- Licensed product|
|- Material: ZAMAC (zinc alloy), Rubber and Plastic|
|- Non-opening model|
|Model Origin||U.S.S.R (Russia)|
|Box Dimension (in inches)||5 x 3 x 2|
|Theme||Racing - Rally|