17 August 2016

Imperial in Bucuresti / Imperial in Bucharest

Bucuresti, circa 1966, intr-o brosura ONT. Masinile sunt totalmente vestice - trei Mercedesuri, ce pare a fi un Ford Taunus, si, cel mai spectaculos, un Imperial Crown Sedan din 1957-59. Imperial era marca de lux a companiei Chrysler, un concurent direct cu Cadillac, Lincoln, Rolls-Royce si Mercedes "Adenauer". E vorba de o perioada care era apogeul dezrusificarii si deschiderii catre orient. Bucuresti era o capitala "chic", precum noile statuni de pe litoral. Viata era placuta pentru multi. Totusi, chiar in aceste conditii, presenta unui Imperial pe strazile capitalei ar fi fost remarcabila.
Bucharest, circa 1966, in a National Tourism Office brochure. The vehicles are entirely Western - three Mercedes, what looks like a Ford Taunus, and, most impressively, an Imperial Crown Sedan from 1957-59. Imperial was the top make of the Chrysler Corporation, a direct competitor to Cadillac, Lincoln, Rolls Royce, and Mercedes "Adenauer". This was an era which was perhaps the height of Communist Romania's "pivot to the West". Bucharest was a chic destination, as were the new Black Sea resorts. Life for many was rather good. Even so, the presence of an Imperial on the streets of Bucharest would have been remarkable.

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  1. Am 2 amintiri diametral opuse cu masini americane inainte de 89: tatal unei colege de clasa (erau tigani mai spalati si era gestionar la un magazin de oglinzi si geamuri) avea un Chevrolet Imapala station wagon model undeva 78-82, ceva gigantic, cu hayonul ce se deschidea orizontal si cu fereastra electrica. La polul opus era parcat in fata la Unic un Chevrolet Chevette cam de aceeasi generatie cu Impala, o aschimodie de masinuta cu vitezometru gradat pana la 85 de mile pe ora daca imi aduc bine aminte. Bineinteles, ambele masini erau automate, dar Impala avea selectorul la volan in timp ce Chevette avea un T disgratios intre scaunele din fata. Ce vremuri!

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