I'm Mark Key and I've imported the Lada Niva on an individual basis for clients since 2010. Imports had been stifled due to loss of EU type approval since 2016 but post Brexit a project to bring the car back to the UK is complete. Come and try our demonstrator.
It genuinely is very last opportunity to acquire this uniquely quirky and supremely capable piece of motoring history!
Colour, short wheelbase, long wheelbase, AC, no AC, there are a lot of things on the option list so if you're interested in a Niva it's best to discuss your needs on a one-to-one basis. Each car has a two year mechanical warranty.
A demonstrator is now available and can be driven at our London address.
Getting these little beast out of Russia and eventually licensed in the UK is pretty challenging - and I feel do it all for a fair price.
Firstly, you must be prepared to chat with people at every other petrol station fill up. Fond comments and a good dose of desire wherever they go!
Driving: On the rough stuff: Utterly amazing. On road: OK but more old Defender than Qashqai. Civilised enough about town, engine and transfer case have limited soundproofing which you notice at speed (add lagging as desired) and the long gearstick can take a bit of getting used to... but in it's natural muddy habitat, and in the uniqueness stakes, 100% unbeatable!
Russian cars are sold at a domestic price to Russian citizens and a quite different price for export. Plus agent charges, the cost of transport across Europe, customs issues, import duty, UK driving modifications, vehicle certification, tax and registration, a decent 2 year warranty, plus... do I need to go on?
Bear in mind you get a brilliant 4WD system with hi-lo range selection and diff lock on the console, wrapped in a nice friendly classic car body. You can't even buy a new 4x4 Duster for less than £19,500 these days!
It seems a long, long time ago, but in 2012 James May met me on a wintery day to check out the Niva. This car was still pre the 2015 suspension and NVH upgrades but you can see from clicking on the link that he found the little beast endearing, if basic. James do you still want to order one? I think he wanted to specify green wheels.
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