Sofia | Sun, 06 Jul 2008 Posted by : Shannon Larratt
Wrapping up a day of posts care of Joe Lee, I’ve posted his information on the Sofia, a rare Soviet-era kit car built around Lada parts in the past, and he’s managed to find a few more shots of this vehicle. Without a doubt this has to be one of the strangest and most awkward looking cars ever made, although I think it’s overwhelming eccentricity lends it a certain charm.
Sofia | Fri, 28 Apr 2006 Posted by : Shannon Larratt
I recently showed you the wild Bentley EXP Speed 8 that my friend Joe Lee in Bulgaria is working on. On his home one day recently he caught a picture of this incredibly rare Sofia kit car, of which her writes,
This is a fiberglass kitcar, called the "Sofia". It was constructed and produced during the years of socialism, with the first prototype completed in 1981, the second in 1985, and production began a year later. Between 1986 and 1989 about six cars were made, and during the 1990s there were another 6 or 7 cars made. During that period this kind of hidden headlight was also disputed.
This particular one is is a "Sofia type B" on a custom chassis with a Lada gearbox (without the engine) and a Lada interior (from a 70s model). The hidden headlight is opened by a manual crank. It looks like this one was made at the end of 80s. The owner asked about $600 for it.
Here are some photos of the one he spotted:
And for reference, a couple other models:
One of the rarest kits in the world. Thanks again Joe!