Aban­doned ex-Soviet clas­sics go to auc­tion

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - loma.salla.fi/en/

Some 128 cars that were aban­doned in La­p­land by eco­nomic mi­grants cross­ing into the EU from Rus­sia went un­der the ham­mer last year.

Of these cars, 18 were un­der an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the author­i­ties at the time and couldn’t be sold in the auc­tion. Now the in­ves­ti­ga­tions have been com­pleted, they will be sold at a fol­low-up auc­tion.

Col­lec­tors of rare Soviet cars will be itch­ing to at­tend the new auc­tion on 14 July in the ski re­sort of Salla, La­p­land. The 18 lots up for grab in­clude Ladas, Vol­gas and one Marshrutka GAZ Gazel city bus. There are no re­serves, and the dis­carded ve­hi­cles that sold at the last auc­tion typ­i­cally made tens and hun­dreds of pounds rather than thou­sands or tens of thou­sands.

The Soviet-reg­is­tered ve­hi­cles orig­i­nally en­tered La­p­land be­cause mi­grants crossed the Rus­sian-Fin­nish bor­der by bi­cy­cle, as foot cross­ing is for­bid­den. But asy­lum seek­ers turned to old rusty cars af­ter the Fin­nish Govern­ment banned bi­cy­cle cross­ings.

Heli Kar­jalainen, from the Salla tourism marketing as­so­ci­a­tion, says: ‘Hope­fully this auc­tion is go­ing to be as suc­cess­ful as the first one last sum­mer. Every­thing went re­ally well and peo­ple were in a good mood. It was a happy and also hu­mor­ous event and I’m sure this one will be, too.’

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