The Ferihegy Aviation Museum will host a large-scale meeting of Soviet-era Zhiguli (Zsiguli) cars on Saturday. Around 100 examples of the brand with a huge fan base, including many oldtimers, will be on display in the Aeropark. The cars, officially called Lada 1200/1200S, Lada 1300, Lada 2101, or VAZ-2101 were produced in Russias’ Tolyatti plant between 1970 and 1988.
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As they recalled, the first examples rolled off the production line more than half a century ago, and the Zhiguli, built with the help of Italian Fiat, conquered the Eastern Bloc, but not the world. The various versions sold 17 million units, with more than 1 million sold in Hungary.
The Zhiguli were particularly popular in Hungary, partly because no passenger cars were produced here and partly because they were affordable, which is why the brand has the biggest cult following in the whole of Europe,” the statement said. On Saturday the vehicles will be on display in three groups: factory-era, service, and tuning and racing.
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The only importer of the cars was Merkur, where you would have to wait for a new Lada for up to two to three years. Photo: Fortepan, Uvaterv.
On Saturday, you can travel back in time not only on the ground, but also in the air: the world’s only Li-2 airplane, operated by the Goldtimer Foundation, will fly nostalgia flights from Ferihegy. A special attraction will be the fact that passengers on a sightseeing flight will be transported by Malév Faros Ikarus 55 bus to the historic Terminal 1, which is 73 years old this year.
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