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USSR 1987: Lada 2106 and Moskvich 2140 fight it off

VAZ 2106 (aka Lada 1600)

* See the Top 14 All-models ranking by clicking on the title! Many thanks to Alex *

Thanks to Alex we are going back in time 25 years today because I can finally share with you for the first time on BSCB official models data for the USSR in the eighties! This is extremely rare data, detailing the private sales of all models in the country for 1987 and 1988 which you can check out in another post. I hope you enjoy it! In 1987, 819,960 new vehicles were sold to private buyers, to which you have to add 197,250 to state organizations, intelligence services and the army. However detailed models data for the latter is unknown.

Moskvich 2140

And the first surprise in the 1987 models ranking is to see that the VAZ 2106 (aka Lada 1600) is actually threatened by the Moskvich 2140 with 215,800 sales and 26.3% vs. 208,200 and 25.4%. Given this was the Moskvich’s last full year of sales it is reasonable to assume that it has led the USSR models ranking for at least a few years during the eighties and possibly seventies…

ZAZ 968M

Another forgotten model manages to hold itself within the USSR podium in 1987: the ZAZ 968M, also called Zaporozhets, with an impressive 116,500 units sold for a 14.2% market share. The Lada Samara is the fourth and last model to hold at least 10% of the Soviet market at #4 with 88,800 sales and 10.8%.

IZH 2125 Kombi

In 5th place, notice the IZH 2125 Kombi, and please raise your hand if you don’t live in Russia right now and knew about this model… I didn’t. Originally launched in 1973, the 2125 enjoyed a slight facelift in 1982 and would continue its career in Russia all the way through to 1997…


Further down, notice all the iterations of the Lada “Zhigouli” ranking from #7 (2107) to #12 (2104) and the memerising LUAZ 969M 4×4 in 11th place with 11,200 sales.

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Full Year 1987 Top 14 all-models Ranking Table below.

USSR 1987:

1VAZ 2106 (Lada 1600)215,80026.3%
2Moskvich 2140/Izh 412208,20025.4%
3ZAZ 968M (Zaporozhets)116,50014.2%
4VAZ 2108/2109 (Lada Samara)88,80010.8%
5Izh 2125 Kombi46,0005.6%
6VAZ 2121 (Lada Niva 4×4)30,5003.7%
7VAZ 2107 (Lada Riva 1500)30,3003.7%
8VAZ 2101 (Lada 1200)22,3002.7%
9VAZ 2105 (Lada Nova)21,7002.6%
10GAZ 24-10 “Volga”21,0002.6%
11LUAZ 969M (4×4)11,2001.4%
12VAZ 2104 (Lada Nova Break)7,0000.9%
13UAZ 3151 (4×4)5000.1%
14GAZ 2412 (Volga break)1600.0%


This Post Has 2 Comments
  1. Izhevsk is not in Tatarstan, and in Udmurtia. In the same place there is a plant which releases the Kalashnikov.
    Yes, the Muscovite-412 and Izh-412 – one and too. Izh-2125 is IZh-412 with a body the versatile person. The Muscovite-2140 – the upgraded Muscovite-412 version. Approximately the same situation with VAZ-2101-2102-2103-2104-2105-2106-2107. But in the USSR there were a few different families of cars therefore it is considered to be all models separately.

  2. The IZH 2125 is the estate version of the IZH 412, which was similar to the Moskvitch 412, but build in Izhevsk (Russian Tatarstan), instead of Moskow, and both models from IZH and Moskvitch plants are technically identical.
    The relifted version of the Moskvith 412 is called Moskvith 2140, but the IZH 2125 was relifted a little bit different though.

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