One Russian man from St. Petersburg, Konstantin Myatnikov, has been engaged in the construction of original homemade cars for more than 20 years. Here are some of his “brainchildren” inside the post.
1. The first car. It was originally the Opel Rekord 72. The dead engine was replaced by the engine from the GAZ-24. The suspension and axle were changed for those of the Volga. A body kit and bumpers made of plastic were added. Lights and stop signals – from the VAZ 2108.
The same car in its final form.
2. The second variant. The car was made on the same basis of the Volga. The doors of the VAZ 2109. The hood, roof and trunk lid are those left from the Opel. Lights and stop signals are still from the VAZ 2108. The wheels are American. The body is made in the manner of the Audi 80.
3. The third variant – upgrading on the same basis. The hood, trunk lid and roof (heavily altered) are from the same Opel. New bumpers are made of plastic. The doors of the VAZ-2109 with redesigned side windows. The body shape is close to the sport one. The lights are retractable.
4. The fourth car was made on the basis of the Opel Commodore, 2.5 liters. In 1995, there already were a lot of fairly cheap spare parts from Germany.
The body is made entirely of iron. Plastic bumpers. Side stands are cut off and welded at an angle so that to lower the roof. Completely redesigned door frames and windows. The suspension is lowered and adapted for American wheels.
The owner of this car drove it for 4 years until he got in a car accident (caused by the other driver’s fault).
After receiving the money Konstantin started to build a new car.
5. Made in 2000, it is based on the Mercedes 126, 5 liters. A frame made of pipes and a homemade roof. The same American wheels.