27 February 2018

Masinile Chisinaului / The Cars of Chisinau

Si Chisinaul avea o cultura auto interesanta in perioada interbelica. Astazi, foarte putine masini au supravietuit de dinainte de razboi - cunosc numai un Packard din 1938, alb, desi probabil sunt mai multe. Sursele sunt mai multe. O mare parte sunt de pe oldchisinau.com (link), aratand curse auto in 1928 si 1929 - o resursa extraordinara. Ca de obicei in Romania interbelica, vasta majoritate a masinilor erau de origine americana.

Chisinau had an interestuing automotive culture in the inter-war period. Today, very few cars from then have survived - I know only of a white 1938 Packard though there are probably a few more. The images here come from a number of sources. Quite a few are from oldchisinau.com (link), showing races held in 1928 and 1928. As was normal in interwar Romania, the vast majority of cars were of American origin.

59-Chs - Ford V8 carosat special de firma germana Glaser, Dubasarii Vechi

96-Chs - Chrysler in 1929

109-Chs - Ford T, anii 30, folosit de muncitori imigranti

212-Chs - probabil un tourer american, in 1928

239-Chs - Buick, in 1929

250-Chs - Buick in 1928

252-Chs - Studebaker, 1929

319-Chs - Auburn, Dubasarii Vechi

324-Chs - Ford, Dubasarii Vechi (familia Donici, cred)

400-Chs - Dodge, 1928

500-Chs - camion Chevrolet in 1940
  
Tourer din anii 20

Reprezentanta Ford in 1933

Inca un Buick, in 1929

Vedere de ansamblu, cursa auto, 1929

14 February 2018

Totul despre Dacia Denem / All about the Dacia Denem

Un document foarte rar, recent intrat in colectie: totul despre Dacia Denem. Acest material a fost pregatit de catre importator si difuzat presei britanice ... care a ramas profund dezinteresata. O informatie noua, cel putin pentru mine: se pare ca ideea a fost din start sa se importe ARO 10 sub numele Dacia Duster. Si nu se vorbeste deloc despre Denem Base, care nici macar nu venea cu roti, noul proprietar trebuind sa plateasca 40 lire in plus pentru acest "lux".

A very rare document, recently added to the collection: all you would ever need to know about the Dacia Denem. This document was prepared by the importer and sent to the UK press ... who largely remained profoundly uninterested (with the notable and somewhat ironic exception of Country Life). New info, at least for me: it seems it was always the idea to import the ARO 10 as the Dacia Duster. And there's no mention of the Denem Base, which notoriously had wheels as an "optional extra" for the grand total of £40.











17 January 2018

Un Mercedes care n-a uitat de unde vine / A Mercedes that hasn't forgotten its origins

De pe http://www.prewarcar.com, o poza cam misterioasa cu un Mercedes W18 290 Cabriolet B din 1935, gasita in spatiul ex-sovietic, posibil in Azerbaijan. Povestea e neclara, dar se spune ca a venit din Romania in 1945 ca trofeu de razboi, ulterior fiind proprietatea unui regizor de filme. Astazi, se afla in stare precara, lipsind motorul, cutia viteze si puntea spate. Speram ca va fi restaurata; e o masina rara, de mare valoare.

Prin toate peripetiile prin care-a trecut, si-a pastrat insigna ACRR (Automobil Club Regal Roman) de pe grila. Aceste piese sunt deosebit de rare: in Romania comunista, asa simbol ale zilelor prospere nu se purta... E aproape incredibil ca asa ceva ar fi supravietuit in alta tara, si in conditii destul de ostile. 


From http://www.prewarcar.com, a mysterious photo of a 1935 Mercedes W18 290 Cabriolet B, found in a former Soviet country, possibly Azerbaijan. Its story is not exactly clear, but it seems to have arrived from Romania in 1945 as a war trophy, before being used by a film director. Today, it's in poor condition, missing its engine, gearbox and rear axle. We hope it will be restored, as it's a valuable and rare vehicle.

Throughout its eventful life, it's managed to keep its ACRR (Royal Romanian Automobile Club) badge, visible on the grille. This badge is very rare indeed: in communist Romania, such symbols of better days were not exactly placed on display. It's astonishing that a small detail like that could have survived in another country, and in pretty hostile conditions.