18 May 2016

Doua Rolls-Royce-uri regale / Two royal Rolls Royces

Doua masini din parcul auto lui Carol II...

Prima e un Phantom 3 Sedanca de Ville din 1936, carosat de Gurney Nutting in Anglia, purtand numarul de sasiu 3AX50, cumparat de nou.

A doua e ceva si mai special: un Phantom 3 Touring Limousine carosat de Park Ward pentru Jack Barclay, celebrul sofer de curse si cel mai renumit dealer Rolls-Royce, pentru uz personal. Sasiu: 3CP34. Culori: argintiu peste albastru. Printre dotari: aparat foto Leica, o cantina completa cu loc pentru sticle si pahare, mese de scris, umbrele, ochelari de vanatoare, si compartimente pentru pusti si cluburi de golf... Ulterior, masina a fost vanduta Casei Regale.

Povestea, din pacate, se termina aici. Tot ce stim este ca in 1948 s-au gasit 4 masini Rolls-Royce in fostele proprietati regale, din care 3, la Snagov, defecte. (In 1937, ducul de Kent i-a dat unul, cadou, printului Mihai.) Se repartizeaza. In acelasi an, erau cel putin 5 Rolls-uri in garajele statului: cele 4 masini regale, si inca un exemplar, purtand numarul 4063-B. In 1952 vedem un Rolls-Royce in inventarul armatei. In 1956, aflam despre un Rolls-Royce (acelasi?) la o scoala de soferi militara. Restul ... e tacere. Aproape sigur s-au casat, precum multe alte minunatii existente in tara dupa razboi. In cel mai bun caz, s-au exportat catre rusi. Trist!
 
 

Two cars from the collection of Carol II...

The first is a Phantom 3 Sedanca de Ville from 1936, bodied by Gurney Nutting, with chassis number 3AX50, delivered new to Romania.

The second is even more special - it's a Phantom 3 Touring Limousine bodied by Park Ward for Jack Barlcay, the famous racing driver and Rolls-Royce dealer par excellence, for his personal use. The chassis number was 3CP34 and the colour was silver over dark blue. Amongst the bespoke fittings: a Leica camera, a complete canteen replete with glasses and a space for bottles, writing tables, umbrellas, field glasses, and compartments for shotguns and gold clubs. King Carol was the second owner.

And the story ends there. All that is known is that in 1948, four Rolls-Royces were found on the properties of the deposed royal family; 3 were non-functional. (One of them may well have been the car given to Prince Michael in 1937 by the Duke of Kent.) They were handed over to the State. In that year, the State garages boasted at least five Rolls-Royces; the four royal cars, plus another example registered 4063-B. In 1952 a Rolls-Royce appears on the Army inventory. In 1956, documents refer to a Rolls-Royce (the same?) in use at a military driving school. Then ... silence. Almost certainly, they were scrapped, like many other wonderful cars left behind after the war. In the best case they might have been sent over to the Soviets. A shame!

12 May 2016

Prin Ardeal in anii 70 / Through Transylvania in the 1970s

Dintr-o arhiva elvetiana, opt poze din Ardeal surprise la inceputul anilor 70 - probabil in jurul anului 1973. Curatenie, civilizatie, prosperitate.

Masinile sunt in mare proportie occidentale - multe ale turistilor, altele trimise de rude de peste hotare. Ford Taunus si VW broscuta ies in evidenta, pe langa Opel Rekord si VW Variant. Observam si o Simca 1300 (masina destul de des intalnita in anii 70), ce pare a fi o Alfa Romeo Giulia 1300, un DKW F102, si un Vauxhall Viva. Poza nr 7 e remarcabila: in afara de camionul SR, nimic nu provine din cortina de fier. Pana si autoremorca e un Fiat, de un tip folosit in acea epoca si in Cluj (poza 9).

From a Swiss archive, eight photos form Transylvania at the beginning of the 1970s - probably around 1973. Cleanliness, civilisation, prosperity.

Many of the cars are Western; some would have belonged to tourists while others would have been sent by relatives from overseas. The Ford Taunus and VW Beetle are common sights, alongside the Opel Rekord and VW Variant. There's also a Simca 1300 (quite frequent in 70s Romania), what looks like an Alfa Romeo Giulia 1300, a DKW F102, and a Vauxhall Viva. Photo number 7 is remarkable: except for the SR truck, everything else is Western. Even the recovery truck is a Fiat, of a type also used in Cluj at the time (photo 9).
Garbova

Medias

Sibiu

Sibiu

Sibiu

Sibiu

Tg Mures

La tara



22 April 2016

Raliul Feleac in 1972 / The Feleac Rally in 1972

Din Arhiva Minerium, un set de poze absolut exceptionale aratand raliul Feleac in 1972.

Remarcam faptul ca masinile erau cat se poate de diverse: Renault 8 Gordini, Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint si Giulietta Sprint, Steyr-Fiat 650, BMW 3.0, NSU TT, Dacia 1100S, Renault 12 Gordini ... Practic, cele mai celebrate masini din anii 70, venind atat din Romania cat din Germania federala si Austria (pilotul Martin Kopplinger, spre exemplu, fiind inca in viata in Austria si astazi participand pe BMW-uri Dixi antebelice). In trafic, remarcam si un Fiat 130. Trist de facut comparatia cu 10 ani mai tarziu...

From the Minerium archive, a set of absolutely exceptional photos showing the Feleac rally in 1972.

The cars used were truly diverse. Renault 8 Gordini, Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint si Giulietta Sprint, Steyr-Fiat 650, BMW 3.0, NSU TT, Dacia 1100S, Renault 12 Gordini ... basically the most celebrated vehicles of the era, coming from Romania but also from West Germany and Austria (Martin Kopplinger, for example, still being alive in Austria and racing pre-war BMW Dixis). There's also a Fiat 130 in traffic. It's sad to compare this scene with its equivalent just ten years later...
























23 March 2016

Craiova 1987

Cartile foto aratand orase in Romania au fost extrem de rapsandite in perioada 1957- 75, si multe din imaginile surprinse de marii fotografi ai vremii sunt destul de bine cunoscute. O raritate, totusi, e aceasta carte, aratand Craiova in 1987. Imagini "oficiale" din anii 80  sunt putine. Imaginile arata un oras pustiu, lipsit de viata: daca nu ar fi edificiile splendide din perioda antebelica, am fi putut fi la Pyongyang... Nici masinile nu sunt prea interesante. Dacii peste tot - din care remarcam o Dacie Sport galbena si cateva modele canadience; cateva Oltcituri, produse local; un Wartburg 353; un Fiat 124 Coupe; si un Citroen 2CV... Ani grei.

Photo books showing Romanian towns and cities were very common from around 1957 to around 1975, and many of the images, taken by the major Romanian photographers of the era, are well known. This book, however, is a rarity - it was published in 1987 and shows the city of Craiova. "Official" images from the 1980s are few and far between. These show a fairly empty and desolate city; if it weren't for the superb pre-war buildings, it could almost be Pyongyang... The cars are relatively mundane too: Dacias everywhere, including a yellow Sport and a couple of Canadian export models; a few Oltcits produced locally; a Wartburg 353; a Fiat 124 Coupe; and a Citroen 2CV ... Hard times.









5 March 2016

Masinile filmului "Pisica de mare" (1963) / Cars of the film "Stingray" (1963)

O dovada ca parcul automobilistic in Republica Populara Romania era surprinzator de divers. Era destul de raspandit vorba ca "domnii merg cu tramvaiul, tovarasii merg cu masini americane"; si in aveasta comedie, masinile americane sunt foarte in evidenta. O parte fac parte din perioada 1945-47, cand Romania era inca monarhie, si inca se mai facea comert cu Statele Unite; remarcam, totusi, masini din perioada 1947-1955. Cu toata rusificarea perioadei, cine putea, inca putea! Piesa de rezistenta e probabil un splendid Buick decapotabil din 1949 - ironic, fiind identic cu cel comandat de regele Mihai in exil, de la Bruxelles.

Proof that in the Popular Republic period, Romanian vehicles were surpringly diverse. A saying in vogue at the time said "gentlemen travel by tram; comrades travel in American cars"; and here, American cars feature heavily. Some are from the 1945-47 period, when Romania was still a monarchy, and trade with the United States still existed; but there are also vehicles from the heavily Russified period of 1947-1955. Proof that some fortunate individuals could still do themselves rather well. The star exhibit is probably a superb 1949 Buick convertible - ironically enough, identical to the one King Michael ordered from Brussels during his exile.
Dodge 1946, Chevrolet 1953

Dodge 1946, Chevrolet 1953, GAZ M-20 Pobeda

Ibid

Dodge 1946

Chevrolet 1953

Chevrolet 1953, DKW Sonderklasse

DKW Sonderklasse

DKW Sonderklasse

Gaz M-21 Volga

Gaz M-20 Pobeda, Gaz-51

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Dodge 1950

Dodge 1950

Dodge 1950, Buick 1949

Buick 1949