6 July 2014

Bucuresti, august 1990

Aceste imagini arata Bucuresti in vara anului 1990. Desi calitatea nu e buna, apar vehicule interesante si rar vazute. Deja, pe langa Dacia si Oltcit (vazut aici pe post de taximetru, chiar daca nu era permis sa ceva, Oltcitul avand numai doua portiere), apar primele masini occidentale - in mod special Mercedes W123. Remarcam un Chevrolet Chevette si cu numere de ambasada; Mercedes W124 , tot de ambasada; Dacia 1320 taximetru;  celebrul Ford Capri devastat in mineriade; Opel Rekord Coupe din anii 60; Dacia 500 "Lastun"; si, cel mai impresionant, trei exemplare de Dacia 2000. A doua, inregistrata 14-B-714, ar fi servit ca masina de protocol. Aceste masini erau de multe ori parcate in fara marilor hoteluri. Ulterior au fost vandute catre persoane particulare, cateva din ele existand si astazi.

These images show Bucharest in the summer of 1990. Although the quality is poor we can see some interesting and rare vehicles. Already, alongside Dacias and Oltcits (one of which is seen here as a taxi: although taxis had to have four doors, in that period anything went) we can see the first wave of western cars - particularly the Mercedes W123. Notable vehicles: an embassy-registered Chevrolet Chevette; a Mercedes W124, also from an embassy; Dacia 1320 taxi; the famous Ford Capri trashed in the miners' revolt; Opel Rekord coupe from the 1960s; Dacia 500 "Lastun"; and, most impressively, three Dacia 2000s. The second, registered 14-B-714, would have been an official vehicle for VIPs. These cars were often to be seen parked outside the major hotels. Later, they were sold off into private hands, and a handful still exist today.