Monday, January 17, 2011

1992 Lada Niva Pickup Truck

I need all you Niva fans to chime in here...

I've never seen one of these before. There isn't a lot of information available on the internet, but I did find this on a site called Old Car Junkie: "These pickups were built in Halifax Autoport in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada using standard Niva components as well as the Chevrolet truck tail lights and coach built rear section."

The seller of this one says it's a "military truck" (Whose military? I can't imagine the Canadians using custom-built Ladas in their military.) with a "10 speed transmission". (A 5 speed with overdrive on all gears? I have no idea.)

Located in Grande Prairie, Ontario, Canada, click here to see the Kijiji ad.

A big thanks to JaCG reader, Andrew, for sending me the link to this car.

5 comments:

rrshadow2 said...

There's been some discussion about that Lada pickup on the Lada forum and the conclusion is that someone had to have made it. It's definitely Not factory

Andre said...

It's definitely not a factory model, but not a hack job either. There are quite a few of these Niva Pickups in Canada, as well as South Africa, which leads me to believe that these were modified on a fairly large scale by an importer/distributor. Same story with Niva Cabrio.

Jon said...

I've never seen a pickup version, and I've seen a lot of Ladas.

Anonymous said...

South Africans do like their pickups, but I've never come across a Lada Pickup here. In fact, Ladas were only available in SA for a short time.
The 10-speed 'box probably refers to 5 high-range and 5 low-range gears.

Anonymous said...

these pickups were made in the former check republic then shipped to Halifax Nova Scotia Canada to be finished ,IE.Optional Equipment.The following things could be added - 15 inch BWA mag wheels and Wrangler tires,Running boards,Sun roof,Fender skirts,Heavy duty spray on truck bed liner.Other wise the truck was sold with the standard steel 16 inch rims with heavy duty tractor tread voltyre brand tires on and none of the above optionals.As for the tail lights they are not Chev products at all but look very similar. As for the cabriolets they came in the same standard tire wheel configuration from Czechoslovakia.The options being running boards,BWA mags,Wrangler tires.Most of the pickups and cabriolets shipped to other countries did not have any of the options applied in Canada.The tires put on them were the Finland built Hakapelleta Nokians.(The second tire standard to fit the 16 inch steel rims).