25 January 2015

Despre Dacia 1303 - About the Dacia 1303

De mult ma intrebam de ce se trecuse direct de la Dacia 1302 la Dacia 1304...

Prin 2009, am fost socat sa deschid o carte despre Dacia scrisa in 1981 si sa vad planuri cu camioneta Dacia 1303, precum si prezentarea ei. Arata destul de mult ca Dacia 1302 seria 3 - singurele diferente fiind scrisul "Dacia" pe spate (utilizata si pe modelele 1304), bara fata cu semnalizari inegrate, si stopuri dreptunghiulare, nu rotunde.

In plus, se parea ca masina asta a existat in cel putin un exemplar - ba chiar existand scrisul "1303" de pe spate, cum se vede in pozele 2 si 3.

Pe forumul aro4x4.net, userul costy84 ne-a servit cu o poza de-a drept importanta: Dacia 1303 expusa la EREN 79. Atractia mare era Brasovia, plus Daciile 1310 modernizate - deci s-a cam uitat de Dacia 1303, mult mai putin interesanta. Pana acum!


I had long wondered why the Dacia `1302 was replaced by the Dacia 1304 and not a Dacia 1303...

In around 2009, I was astonished to find, in a book written in 1981, blueprints and the description of a Dacia 1303. It looked a lot like a series 3 Dacia 1302 - the only differences being the large "Dacia" on the boot (as seen on the 1304), the front bumper with integrated indicators, and the rectangular, not round, tail lights.

And it seemed that at least one had actually been made - with the "1303" script surviving.

On the Aro4x4 forum, the user costy84 dug up an important photo: the Dacia 1303 at the EREN trade fair in 1979. The big attraction there was of course the Brasovia and the restyled 1310 series - so the poor old Dacia 1303 was forgotten. Until now!

 
 
 

12 January 2015

Merecedes 220 Cabriolet in Romania

Flota de Mercedes 220S folosita de stat pentru coloane oficiale in anii 60 e arhicunoscuta din fotografiile document cu Ceausescu si diversi lideri straini in vizita. Putini stiu, totusi, ca in flota oficiala au existat si decapotabile. Aceste masini erau folosite in mod special pentru filmari, inlocuind vechile ZIS-101 care dupa 1966 nu mai apar in imagini oficiale. Poza 1 surprinde un exemplar de acest Mercedes in perioada 1966-68.

Poza 2, din 1967, arata un alt model. Dupa culoare, nu e din flota oficiala. Totusi, cum povesteste Serghei Niculescu-Mizil, "În primii ani ai lui Ceaușescu puteai să faci rost de orice. Am avut Mercedes 220 decapotabil, ca James Bond, un Jaguar... alții aveau BMW sau Jeep. Erau doar în uzul nostru, proprietatea statului.". Deci sau era in trecere, sau era masina folosita de vreun personaj foarte, foarte important in acea perioada. Ca o berlina luxoasa se mai trecea cu ochiul, dar o decapotabila ... mai greu.

The fleet of Mercedes 220S used by the state for motorcades in the 60s is well known, thanks to the rich image archive existing of Ceausescu greeting assorted world leaders. Few know, however, that the official fleet also included the cabriolet version. These were used specially for filming, replacing the antiquated ZIS-101 which, after 1966, can't be found on any official pictures. Photo 1, taken between 1966 and 1968, shows one such Mercedes.

Photo 2, taken in 1967, shows another. From the colour, it's not an official one. However, as Serghei Niculescu-Mizil relates, "In the early Ceausescu years you could get anything. I had a convertible Mercedes 220, a Jaguar, like James Bond... others had BMWs or Jeeps... They were owned by the state for our exclusive use". So it was either passing through Romania, or the transportation of someone very important indeed - because although you could (just about) get away with a luxurious saloon, a convertible was something different...

 


 

3 January 2015

La Multi Ani! / Happy New Year!

Si in anul 2015, o sa incerc sa postez ceva mai mult... Pana atunci, trei imagini de iarna din perioada 1981-82. Sursa: Autoturism And in 2015, I will try to post more often... Till then, three winter images from 1981-82. Source: Autoturism



7 December 2014

Broscute la Ateneu / VW Beetles at the Athenaeum

O imagine exceptionala - masini VW Broscuta in fata Ateneului, in Bucuresti. Anul este 1971.

E vorba de masinile detinute de Carpati Rent A Car pentru a fi inchiriate de catre turisti straini. Pe langa VW 1300, se puteau inchiria VW 1600, Fiat 124, Mercedes W111 si Mercedes W114. In trecut am prezentat o plianta din 1968 aratand gama de atunci, masinile purtand numere incepand cu 5-B.

An exceptional image - VW Beetles in front of the Athenaeum, in Bucharest, in 1971.

These cars were owned by Carpati Rent A Car for the use of foreign tourists. Alongside the VW 1300, VW 1600, Fiat 124, Mercedes W111 and Mercedes W114 were available. I've previously posted one such brochure, from 1968, showing that year's range. The cars' licence plates began with 5-B.

27 October 2014

O corcitura din anii 40 / A 1940s mongrel

Doi oameni langa o masina defecta, anii 40. Masina nu se gaseste in niciun catalog auto pentru ca e o "corcitura": spatele de Ford Taunus "Buckel", fata de Hansa 1700, si sasiu tot de Hansa. Pentru comparatie, un Hansa 1700 e in poza nr 2. Asemenea "corcituri" erau destul de commune in perioada dupa razboi, cand orice masina era un lux si multe fusesera devastate in tempul razboiului. Ma intreb pana cand a supravietuit acest exemplar. (Colectia Florin Cicos)

Two men next to a broken down car in the 1940s. No such car would be found in a catalogue because it is a "mongrel": the rear end of a Ford Taunus "Buckel" grafted on to the front, and chassis, of a Hansa 1700. (An original Hansa is in photo 2). Similar hybrids were reasonably common in the immediate post-war period, when a car of any sort was a luxury and many had been devastated during the war. I wonder how long this particular example survived. (Photo from the Florin Cicos collection)


26 October 2014

Dacia 1310 1.6 "special edition", 1996

O Dacie 1310 facuta la comanda speciala pentru MAE si trimisa in Siria, unde a fost masina de serviciu. An fabricatie 1996.

Printre dotari speciale mentionam:

Motor 1.6
Bord Nissan Micra
Geamuri electrice fata
Roti 4 prezoane
Interior diferit, inclusiv bancheta spate cu numai 2 locuri
Portbagaj capitonat

La moment dat masina se afla in Bucuresti. Mai multe detalii aici.

Piese de Nissan mi se par foarte interesante. In acea perioada au mai existat Dacii facute cu piese de Nissan - printre care mentionam prototipul Extase (faruri si stopuri Nissan Sunny) si o berlina in Iasi (faruri Nissan Primera).

A Dacia 1310 made to order for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and sent to Syria as a staff car. Model year 1996.

Among the special options:

1.6 engine
Nissan Micra dashboard
Electric front windows
Four hubcap wheels
Different interior, including a 2-seat rear bench
Upholstered boot compartment

The car is currently in Bucharest. More details here.

The use of Nissan parts seems to me to be very interesting. At that time, several Dacia prorotypes did so, including the Extase prototype (front and rear lights off a Nissan Sunny) and a berline in Iasi (Nissan Primera front lights).











12 October 2014

O masina importanta de vanzare / An important vehicle for sale

Importanta? Da. E vorba de o Dacie 1304 "papuc" din primele serii, cu masca la faruri subtire, an fabricatie 1985. Daca nu e ultima din tara, e clar printre ultimele. N-am vazut asa ceva pe sosea de aproape zece ani. De vanzare in judetul Bihor pentru suma de 1000 lei. O restaurare va costa mult mai mult.

Nu e deloc "importanta" cum e "important" un Porsche, Jaguar sau Ferrari vechi - toate treii fiind din ce in ce mai comune la paradele romanesti de masini de epoca. Dar cine va cumpara acest exemplar, si l-ar restaura ca la carte, se va mandri cu o masina mult mai rara decat vreun Porsche, Jaguar sau Ferrari. Desigur, e mult mai putin impresionanta. Dar (parerea mea), raritatea ei inseamna ca e un vehicul mult mai important!

Important? Yes. This is a Dacia 1304 pick-up from the first few built, with the "thin" headlamps, made in 1985. If it's not the very last survivor, i's among them. I haven't seen one on the road for almost ten years. It's for sale in Bihor for 1000 lei. (a few hundred Euro). A restoration will cost much more.

It's not "important" in the same way that old Porsches, Jags or Ferraris are - all of which are increasingly regular sights at Romanian classic car shows. But whoever buys this, and restores it properly, will be the proud owner of something much rarer. Much less impressive, too, admittedly - but, in my book at least, its rarity makes it a very important vehicle.