49 years ago, rolled off the first copies of the VAZ-2101. The characteristics and advantages of the first model of the Volga automobile plant told the blogger.
Leading channel “Behind the wheel” was told that in fact the well-known “penny” was well adapted to local conditions the Fiat 124: the “fangs” on the front bumper, a special “Boat” moved from wing to front door side mirror.
Power plant, “Lada” was a motor with overhead camshaft, a capacity of 1.2 liters and output of 64 horsepower. The capabilities of this engine even by the standards of the 70-ies was already very close, but “Zhiguli” is not lagged dynamics from the “Moskvich-412” with a 1.5-liter engine. The secret is in the gearbox: wisely selected gear ratios and clear the shift mechanism. Until relatively recently, motorists rejoiced improved cable gearbox front-wheel drive “Grants” and “Kalina” and because “penny” had it 50 years ago.
Than the VAZ-2101 favorably with “Muscovite” and even “Volga” – is a more stylish interior, which felt Italian roots. Radio in those days was very good – the Hungarian Videoton RD-3602.
After a trip to “Penny” the blogger noted that planting it is not too comfortable for the driver: if the pedals are too close and wheel away, over time the back becomes numb and neck hurts. Handling is not the most satisfactory in comparison with modern cars – according to the author, there is the work of each mechanism. But suspension worthy even by today’s standards, and with those big glasses don’t need any camera.