Lada in Canada

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Like all representatives of Canadians who came from the countries of the former USSR, we are watching with interest the things from our country that turned out to be on the other side of the ocean. And of course, we could not ignore the history of domestic cars in Canada. Let’s find out how VAZ cars appeared in Canada and what became of them now. The first car, which began officially imported into Canada, was the beloved “six” or VAZ 21061-37. The car won a small part of the market, its advantages were simplicity of design, minimal fuel consumption compared to American cars and of course low price. In the print advertising, the thickness of the metal in the body of the Soviet automobile stood out and it was said about its high anti-corrosion properties. In 1977, a five-year contract was signed for the import of Lada cars to Canada. In May 1978, the first batch of the “Canadian” modification of the six VAZ-21061-37 was sent overseas.

 Externally, this version was different from the standard version of the massive energy-absorbing bumpers of the original design with built-in signal optics. This change was caused not by the desire to “embellish” the original exterior of the car, but by the security requirements in force in North America. It is precisely overseas safety regulations that explain other differences: the front position lights are completely orange, and the tail light section of the rear lights is red. The reflectors on the rear fenders of the car are equipped with special bulbs. Together with the direction indicators on the front wings, they served as side marker lights when dipped in. The interior of the Canadian car differed from the cars for the domestic buyer not much, but noticeably.

In the passenger compartment on the dashboard (to the left of the clock) a placard appeared, signaling that the seat belts were not fastened. The “Check Engine” light panel was combined with this scoreboard as such vehicles were equipped with a toxicity reduction system using a catalytic converter and an adsorber. Velor seats were “in the database.” In the photo, behind the gearshift lever, the speaker of the audio system is visible, but there is no radio receiver. The radio was installed at an additional cost, it was possible to order a leather sheath for the steering wheel, a wooden or leather-wrapped gear knob, alloy wheels and floor mats. Special lights on the doors that warned drivers passing cars that the door is open.

Also, some changes were made to the VAZ-21061-37 braking system, which, after some time, were implemented on later models of the Zhiguli. VAZ-21061-37 today represents a very high value among collectors and just lovers of “classic” VAZ cars, as the rarest car of the entire VAZ-2106 line.