2 April 2015

Dacia pick-up ... made in China! ("Xingtai 114")

O premiera absoluta, cu amabilitatea d-lui Erik van Ingen Schenau, expertul mondial la capitolul istoriei auto in China: Dacia construita in China!



Seamana uluitor cu o Dacie 1307 "double cabine". Dar sunt diferente. Fata "ochelarista" nu a existat nicoidata pe 1307. La fel stopurile de papuc stil vechi, bordul, si oglinzile cromate. Usa din spate
e prea scurta. De fapt, sasiul pare unul normal de 1304.

Aceasta masina - fotografiata in 1992 - poarta insigna "Xingtai 114 Automobile Works". Erik ne spune ca e vorba despre o fabrica auto din anii 90 in orasul Shaohe, provincial Hebei. Daciile au fost produse la inceputul anilor 90 - nu se stie daca in regim CKD sau SKD. 114 era foarte mica; construia autobuze si salvari din 4x4uri autohtone. Ulterior au facut cateva 4x4uri si pick-up-uri sub marca Jixing. A disparut fabrica inainte de 2000.

E atat de putin cunoscuta incat nu exista niciun fel de informatie pe internet. Aceste poze sunt 99.9% singura dovada ca asa ceva a existat.

Ma intreb care era legatura dintre Xingtai 114 si uzina mama Dacia? Care, si ei, importau in China incepand cu anii 80, si incercau sa isi vanda noile modele pick-up acolo...

An absolute premiere, with the amiability of Erik van Ingen Schonau, who knows more about the Chinese auto industry than pretty much anyone else: Dacia assembled in China!

It looks a lot like a Dacia 1307 "double cabine". But there are lots of differences. The quad headlamps never existed on a 1307. Nor did that dashboard, the chromed mirrors or the old-style pick-up tail lights. The rear door is much too short. In fact, so is the chassis - judging from the photos it looks to be a standard pick-up chassis.

This car, photographed in 1992, bears the title "Xingtai 114 Automobile works." As Erik writes, this was a real car factory in the 1990s, in Shaohe, Hebei province. It's not clear whether Dacias were produced as CKD or SKD. The 114 auto works was a very small factory making conversions of Beijing jeep and Yuejin Nj134 vehicles, into buses, ambulances, etc. since the 1980s. They also made some 4x4s and pickups, under the Jixing name. They owned the designation XT and JX, later changed into XTQ. The factory disappeared before 2000.

The factory is so obscure that the Internet yields no information. These photos are almost certainly the only evidence that such a car ever existed.

I wonder what was the link between the Xingtai 114 and the mother-plant in Romania? After all, Dacia was selling to China since the early 80s and was trying to market its own pick-ups...


30 March 2015

Bucuresti-Sinaia in presa britanica / Bucharest-Sinaia in the British press

Nu, nu e vorba de evenimentele organizate de Retromobil, ci de celebra parada Bucuresti-Sinaia organizata de ACR in anii 80 si la inceputul anilor 90.

Masinile sunt: Citroen C6, inca existent in Bucuresti; celebrul Cadillac 1936 care a fost expus la salonul din Paris; un Fiat 1500; si un Morris Minor detinut de printul Mihai in anii 30, astazi in curs de restaurare. Cadillacul a parasit tara pentru Germania dupa turnarea filmului ""Oglinda" in 1993, iar Morris-ul poarta numere emise in septembrie 1988. Deci desi articolul e nedatat putem spune ca e vorba de perioada 1988-93. Sunt sigur ca cititorii fideli au amanunte in plus...

No, not the Retromobil-run events of today, but the famous Bucharest-Sinaia parade organised by the Romanian Automobile Club in the 1980s and early 1990s.

The cars are: Citroen C6, still in Bucharest; the famous 1936 Cadillac, star of that year's Paris motor show; a Fiat 1500; and the Morris Minor owned by Prince Michael in the 1930s, currently being restored. The Cadillac left Romania for Germany after being used in the 1993 film "The Mirror", and the plates on the Morris were issued in September 1988. So though the article is undated, we can be reasonably sure that it's from 1988-93. And I am sure that faithful readers can be even more precise...



27 March 2015

Autoturismele armatei romane, decembrie 1952 / Cars of the Romanian Army, December 1952

Parcul de autoturisme al armatei române la 31 decembrie 1952, cu multumri lui Alin Bogdan Samusan. Intrebearea e: ce s-a intamplat cu bugatti si cu Rolls Royce? Stim ca cel putin 5 Rolls-Royce-uri din garajele casei regale au ajuns la garajele de stat in perioada 47-48, conform Monitorului Oficial... (pozele 1,2)

Romanian army staff cars, as of 31 December 1952, with thanks to Alin Bogdan Samusan. The question is, what happened to the Bugatti and the Rolls Royce? What we do know is that at least 5 Rolls-Royces from the royal garages ended up being handed over to the State, according to the Official Monitor... (photos 1.2)



Autoturisme noi / New vehicles:

192 x GAZ-67
95 x GAZ-20 Pobeda
99 x Tatra 57K
11 x Tatra 87 (n.r. e vorba dpspre modelele din ultima serie, 1947-48)
50 x Skoda Commercial (n.r. probabil e vorba despre 1101)

Autoturisme pre-1947 / Pre-1947 vehicles:

2 x BMW
1 x Bugatti
18 x Buick

3 x Cadillac
20 x Chevrolet
3 x DKW
8 x Dodge
6 x Fiat

88 x Ford
39 x Horch
1 x Hanomag
1 x Humber
19 x Jeep Willys
1 x LaSalle
42 x Mercedes
5 x Nash
5 x Oldsmobile
28 x Opel
6 x Plymouth
3 x Packard
17 x Praga
3 x Renault
1 x Rolls Royce 

1 x Rover
1 x Steyr
12 x Stoewer
1 x Studebaker

27 x Tatra Break (n.r. nu stiu care e diferenta dintre astea si T57K)
3 x VW
2 x Wanderer 




7 March 2015

Militia in anii 50 / Militia in the 1950s

Din anii 50 - o carte postala emisa de militie incurajand comportarea corecta in strada.

Camioanele sunt un Dodge 1939 si un SR-101.

Cartea postala arata un Bucuresti aproape complet disparut...

From the 1950s - a postcard published by the militia encouraging good behaviour on the street.

The trucks are a 1939 Dodge and a SR-101.

The postcard shows a Bucharest which has almost completely disappeared...




1 March 2015

Fiat 1500 vedete de film, redescoperite / Fiat 1500 film stars, rediscovered

Cei care isi aduc aminte de filmele Parasutistii (1972) sau Liceenii in alerta (1993) poate isi aduc aminte si de "vedetele" pe patru roti. E vorba despre doua exemplare Fiat 1500 decapotabil.

Incredibil, astazi ambele exista si sunt expuse de vanzare pe olx.ro - aici si aici. Saracul 1500 rosu, despre care am mai scris (desi spunand, gresit, ca e 1600) si-a perduti motorul si actele. Exemplarul albastru inca se tine bine pentru o masina care a avut o viata grea.

Inca mai sunt masini interesante in tara...

Those who remember the films "Parachutists" (1972) or "High school children in alert" (1993) might also remember the "stars" on four wheels, two wonderful Fiat 1500 cabriolets.

Incredibly, both still exist and are for sale on olx.ro - here and here. The red 1500, which I've previously written about (though saying erroneously that it's a 1600) has unfortunately lost its documents and its engine. The blue one still looks pretty good for a car that's had a hard life. 

There are still interesting cars to be found in Romania...











21 February 2015

Dacia 1302 in Algeria ... x10

Se pare ca inca mai sunt Dacii 1302 pe strazile Algeriei! In general, sunt in stare dezastruoasa, modificate si carpite cu orice piesa posibila, in mod special cele de Renault 12, o masina foarte raspandita in tara. Dar inca circula, si oamenii inca isi fac treaba cu ele. Proabil sunt cateva sute existente in tara - desi marea majoritate sunt irecuperabile.

So it seems there are quite a few more Dacia 1302s in Algeria! In general they are in disastrous condition, modified and mended with anything possible. The many Renault 12s in Algeria have certainly yielded many parts. But they are still going, and still being put to good use. I imagine there are a few hundreds unphotographed - although probably they are in equally poor condition.

An necunoscut, stare groaznica

1978

Aceeasi, din spate

Inca un '78

Un '79

Un '79 de vanzare.


Motorul

Din lateral - observam modofocarea catre patru prezoane


Un 1980, cu roata fata de 1310

Din fata

Din nou
 
Necunoscute



 

20 February 2015

Dacia 1302 in ... Algeria

Dacia 1302 din 1980, inca in functionare, pe strazile Oran-ului, in Algeria.

Incredibil, masina pare in stare cat de cat decenta. Bordul a fost schimbat pentru unul mai modern; scaunele la fel; si masina a suferit in fata. Majoritatea Daciilor algeriene sunt dezastru, asta mai putin. E de vanzare. Pret aproximativ: 1400 Euro.

In 1979 au fost fabricate peste 6,500 exemplare de Dacia 1302. Banuiesc ca a fost un lot pentru export. In 1980, producita e numai 345.

Acesta e un foarte rar surpavietuitor...






Dacia 1302 from 1980, still going strong on the streets of Oran, in Algeria.

Incredibly, it looks OK. The dashboard and the seats are unoriginal, and the front end has been changed a bit. But most Algerian Dacias are disasters and this one is manifestly not. It's for sale. Around 1,400 Euros...

In 1979, 1302 production was over 6,500 - I imagine most of them destined for export. In 1980, production fell to 345. This is a very rare survivor.