26 August 2015

Un prototip Dacia sau o iluzie optica? / A Dacia prototype or an optical illusion?

O carte postala din 1986 cu o Dacie care arata cel putin neobisnuita.

Sa fie o iluzie optica? Sau un prototip papuc, cum e acest exemplar fotografiat in Ardeal in 2011?




A postcard from 1986 with a very unusual-looking Dacia.

Is it an optical illusion? Or a prototype, such as this example, photographed in Transylvania in 2011?


25 August 2015

Tour de Roumanie (1967)

De pe pagina Facebook Valiza cu fotografii, doua poze din Galati aratand Turul Romaniei din 1967. Pagina precizeaza ca e vorba de "Turul României", ediţia a XVI-a, a doua etapă Ploieşti-Galaţi, ajunsă în oraş în ziua de 13 septembrie. Pe 14 septembrie, ora 13.00 din centrul Galaţiului se dădea startului celei de a III-a etape, Galaţi-Gheorghe Gheorghiu Dej.

Masinile sunt Fiat 850, Volga, si un Opel Rekord Olympia P2 Caravan - toate prezente comune pe strazile Romaniei, primele doua modele fiind importate oficial.

Ma intreb daca filmul "Vin Ciclistii" din 1968 (despre care am mai scris) surprinde acelasi eveniment.


From the Facebook page The suitcase of photos, two images showing the 1967 Tour of Romania. The page says that this is the 16th edition, the second stage between Ploiesti and Galati. The cyclists arrived in Galati on 13 September and set off on the 14th at 1pm towards Gheorghe Gheorgiu Dej (the city not the person).

The cars are Fiat 850, Volga, and an Opel Rekord Olympia P2 caravan - all frequently seen on the streets of Romania, the first two being official imports.

I wonder if the 1968 film "The Cyclists are Coming" (about which I've written before) covers the same event.

19 August 2015

Vizite oficiale in 1956 - Official visits in 1956

Din 1956, trei poze aratand vizite oficiale in Romania - prima a liderului iugolsav Tito, celelalte doua a liderului nord-corean Kim Il Sung.

1. Parada in fata casei Scanteii. Mai exista poze din acceasi parada - le-am prezentat aici. Vedem, din nou, ZIS-110 si Gaz-12 ZIM. Cele doua masini din fata ZIS-ului sunt Chevroleturi model 1954. Si ,pentru prima oara, observam masina fotografului: un Land Rover, una dintr-o serie (se pare, destul de mare) importata in anii 50. Oare ce sunt motocicletele?

2. Kim Il Sung in vizita la uzinele Steagul Rosu - poate cea mai veche poza existenta din fabrica.

3. 2 ZIS-uri si ce pare a fi o americanca in spate.




From 1956, three photos showing official visits in Romanian. The first is the Yugoslavian leader Tito; the second two show the North Korean leader Kim Il Sung.

1. Parade in front of the Press House. There are other photos around of this parade - I presented them here. We can see once again ZIS and Gaz-12 ZIM models in use. The two cars in front of the ZIS-110 are 1954 Chevrolets. And, for the first time, we can see the photographer's car: one of a batch (quite a large one, it seems) imported in the mid-50s. I wonder what the motorcycles are?

2. Kim Il Sung visiting the Steagul Rosu factory - perhaps the earliest photo of the factory on record.

3. 2 ZIS-110 convertibles, and what seems like an American car in the crowd behind.

4 August 2015

Din Craiova interbelica / From inter-war Craiova

Ca un oras mare, Craiova avea o gramada de masini... Aceste poze, puse pe Facebook pe contul "Craiova de ieri", surprinde o parte din ele. In 1933 prefectura Craiovei avea 733 autovehicule inscrise (din care 83 taximetre) - la sfarsitul deveniului numarul ajunsese cert la peste o mie (autobuzul aeroportului Craiova purtand numarul 1234-Cv). Judecand dupa poze, majoritatea erau de origine americana, desi se vede si o representatnta FIAT.

As a large city, Craiova had a lot of cars... These photos, posted on Facebook on the "Craiova de ieri" (Craiova of yesterday) account, capture some of them. In 1933 there were 733 vehicles registered at the town hall, of which 83 were taxis. By the end of the decade that number had increased to at least a thousand, the Craiova airport bus being registered 1234-Cv. Judging by the photos, the vast majority of vehicles were American, although the FIAT dealership is also visible.











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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