23 July 2015

Accesorii Dacia, 1989 / Dacia accessories, 1989

Pentru piata britanica, modelele ARO-10 (= Dacia Duster) si Dacia 1304 (= Dacia Shifter) erau inzestrate cu fel de fel de accesorii unicate. Acestea erau ideea importatorului si se montau in Marea Britanie.

Mai exista numai doua exemplare Dacia Shifter, si poate 7-8 Dacia Duster - deci aproape sigur, aceste accesorii fac parte din seria "ce-am avut si ce-am pierdut", din pacate. Pentru mine, cel mai tare e gama de haine Dacia...!

For the British market, the ARO-10 (= Dacia Duster) and Dacia 1304 (= Dacia Shifter) were jazzed up with a range of various unique accessories. These were added on by the importer, and were assembled in the UK.

Given that there are only two Shifters left, and maybe 7 or 8 Dusters, all these accessories are almost certainly long disappeared, sadly. For me, by far the most spectacular is the Dacia branded leisurewear...!














22 July 2015

Fiat 128 x 2

Restaruantul Dobrogean din 2 Mai in anii 70, cu doua Fiaturi 128.

Aceasta masina - deosebita pentru 1969, cand fusese introdusa, si masina Anului in 1970 - nu a fost niciodata raspandita in Romania. Deci doua, ambele inmatriculate in Bucuresti, una langa alta, e ceva rar - chiar intr-o locatie "chic", cum era restaurantul Dobrogean.

The Dobrogean Restaurant in 2 Mai in the 1970s, featuring two examples of the Fiat 128.

This car - something really special when introduced in 1969, and Car of the Year in 1970 - was never common in Romania. So two, both registered in Bucharest, parked next to one another, is a rare sight - even outside one of the more chic restaurants of 70s Romania.

2 July 2015

Peugeot-ul 404 de la Biserica Rusa / The Peugeot 404 at the Russian Church

Timp de ani de zile, un locatar din zona Bisericii Ruse, de pe strada Ion Ghica din centrul Capitalei, se deplasa cu un Peugeot 404 alb. Era un punct de reper in marea de Dacii din zona (plus Skodele de la ambasada cehoslovaca). In 2006 l-am surprins in poza nr 5; circula, desi rar. A mai stat in acelasi loc cativa ani si dupa 2008 a disparut. Credeam ca masina era REMATizata de mult tip, dar se pare ca inca exista, dovada fiind ultimele doua poze, luate in aprilie, aratand masina intr-o curte pe soseaua Pipera. Se tine destul de bine batrana, mai ales tinand cont ca a fost abandonata de cel putin 6 ani: 404 era bine-cuonscut pentru robustete. Cine stie ... poatea va avea un viitor mai stralucitor. Ar merita!

For many years, a resident of the area around the Russian Church in Bucharest drove around in a white Peugeot 404. It was a familiar sight in the sea of Dacias (and Czechoslovakian Embassy Skodas). In 2006 I photographed it (picture 5) - it was still being driven then, albeit rarely. It stayed in the same place for a few more years and disappeared after 2008. I assumed it had long been crushed, but - according to photos taken in April - it still exists, in a courtyard in Pipera. It's not in bad condition considering how long it's been abandoned for - but then the 404 was a notably resistent vehicle. Perhaps it might have a brighter future. It deserves it!

In 1985

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Circa 2007

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26 June 2015

Si Partidul greseste / Even the Party makes mistakes

Din arhiva "Autoturism", septembrie 1975 - un articol despre traficul bucurestean, semnaland greseli facute de soferi. Printre care si ... o Dacie cu celebra combinatie 1-B-trei cifre. Acele numere erau speciale: te semnalau printre prima mie de conducatori auto din tara, Ceausescu fiind primul, cu 1-B-101, cu o ordine de precedenta stricta. Nu stiu cine era proprietarul la 1-B-432: e posibil sa fie sau statul, sau un personaj foarte important. Nici macar familia Ceausescu nu avea 1-B-trei cifre la toate masinile lor! E foarte interesant ca revista Autoturism a indraznit sa critice un personaj asa sus pus ... Ma intreb daca a fost vreo repercusie....

From the Autoturism archives. September 1975 - an article about traffic in Bucharest and the errors made by individual drivers. Among whom, the driver of a Dacia with the famous "1-B-three numbers" number plates. These plates were very special: they placed you among the first thousand car owners in the country, Ceasuescu being the first, with 1-B-101, and a stric order of precedence following. We don't know who the owner of 1-B-432 was: possibly either the state or a VIP. Not even all the Ceausescu family managed to have "1-B-three numbers" plates! It's fascinating that "Autoturism" magazine dared criticise someone so high up; I wonder if there were any repercussions...


24 June 2015

Dacia 1310 ... caravaneta (1985) / Dacia 1310 ... camper van (1985)

O noua premiera, dintr-o arhiva britanica: se pare ca cu ani inainte de tentativa Dacia Jumbo, a existat Dacia caravaneta!

In  1985, firma "Madisons", in nord-vestul Britaniei, ofera doua modele pe baza Daciei papuc: "Dacia Drifter" si, model mai scump, "Dacia Duchess" (care costa cat un Peugeot 505 nou). Poze nu exista, dar se pare ca aveau patru paturi si intrarea prin spate. Nu se stie daca s-a vandut vreun exemplar. Firma a disparut de cativa ani, desi alta firma de caravanete e pe locul ei.


A new first, from a British archive ... it seems there was a Dacia camper van years before the Dacia Jumbo prototype!

In 1985, Madisons, based in Blackpool in the North-West, offered two camper conversions based on the Dacia pickup: "Dacia Drifter" and the more expensive "Dacia Duchess" (which cost the same as a new Peugoet 505). There are no photos extant, but it seems that both were four-berth affaris with entrance through the rear. I have no idea whether any were actually sold. Madisons disappeared some years ago, although a camper van company is still on the site.

27 May 2015

BMW 700 in Romania

Astazi BMW 700 e o masina aproape uitata. Dar are o parte importanta in istoria marcii din Bayern: intre 1959 si 1965, productia acestei masinute, ieftine si populare, a salvat firma BMW, care era aproape de faliment.

Si au existat si in Romania! Pozele arata exemplare berlina (Poiana Brasov 1968, Timisoara 2011), si coupe (Bals 1999, Hunedoara 2015).

Din pacate, slabe sanse ca vreun 700 autohton sa fi salvat / salvabil.






 



Today the BMW 700 is an almost forgotten car. But it has an important part in the marque's history: between 1959 and 1965, production of this popular little car saved the firm, which had been close to bankruptcy.

Ad they existed in Romania, too. Photos show the saloon (Poiana Brasov 1968, Timisoara 2011) and coupe (Bals 1999, Hunedoara 2015) versions.

Sadly, it's unlikely that a Romanian 700 will be saved - or indeed saveable.

21 May 2015

Chitanta din 1936 / Receipt from 1936

Un document rar: o chitanta din 1936 pentru vanzarea unei masini marca "Vipet", la suma de 6,000 lei. "Vipet" e de fapt "Whippet", marca apartinand firmei americane Willys-Overland. Autoturismele Whippet au fost produse intre 1926 si 1931. Numarul de motor ne spune ca e vorba de un model Whippet 96A, din 1929. E de fapt o greseala in chitanta, motorul fiind nu de 10, ci de 40, cai putere, propulsand masina pana la 96/km/h. Un exemplar model 96 din 1928, din Cernauti, se afla in poza 2. Un 96A din 1929 e in poza 3.

Remarcam pretul extrem de ieftin, ceea ce insemna ca un invatator de la tara isi putea permite o masina, chiar una veche. In 1936, un Fiat 500 nou costa 95,000 lei; un Opel Olympia era 125,000 lei; iar un Chrysler incepea la 185,000 lei. Tot in 1936, 1 dolar american era 136 lei. Salariile medii lunare erau aproximativ 2,000 lei - crescand la 10,000 lei pentru un medic si peste 30,000 lei pentru un ministru.




A rare document: a receipt from 1936 for the sale of a "Vipet" automobile, for 6,000 lei. "Vipet" is actually "Whippet", a subsidiary brand of the US firm Willys-Overland, produved between 1926 and 1031. The engine number indicates this is a Whippet 96A from 1929. There is one type - the horsepower was not 10hp but 4ph, taking the Whippet up to a top speed of 60mph. A model 96 from 1928, registered in Cernauti, is in photo 2. Photo 3 shows a 96A from 1929.

Notable is the extremely cheap price, enabling a primary school teacher from the coutnryside to get a car - albeit an old one. By comparison, in 1936 a new Fiat 500 cost 95,000 lei. An Opel Olympia was 125,000, and a new Chrysler started at 185,000. One US dollar exchanged for 136 lei. The average monthly salary was around 2,000 lei, rising to 10,000 for a doctor and over 30,000 for a Government minister.