12 January 2016

Un Jaguar "din flota oficiala", redescoperit / An "official" Jaguar, rediscovered

In Germania, se vinde un Jaguar Mk X din 1964 care, ei spun, ar fi venit din flota lui Ceasuescu, si importat in Germania in 1984.

Se poate. Jaguar Mk X intr-adevar a facut parte din flota oficiala (poze 7 - 10), precum si in dotarea Militiei (poze 5,6). In plus, au circulat alte exemplare in tara (poze 11, 12). Conform presei britanice 15 au fost exportate catre Romania.

Din cate se stie, o parte din aceste masini au fost casate dupa 1978, o alta parte fiind vandute catre export dupa o licitatie. Doua au fost folosite la Politehnica Bucuresti pe post de material didactic. Se spune ca prin anul 2000 inca mai exista un exemplar in tara, in Arad, in stare de epava (later edit: e vorba de un MK 1 din 1961, deci nicio legatura).

Partea cu generalul Pacepa e usor de spus, greu de dovedit. Cert este ca in 1978 avea, proprietate personala, un Mercedes 220 D - atat. Din nou, se spune cam despre toate masinile interesante care au existat in Romania comunista ca ar fi apartinut unui Pacepa, unui Dej, unui Ceausescu, unei Pauker ... pana vine vorba de acte.

Totusi, e vorba de o parte interesanta a istoriei auto din Romania, indiferent de provenienta.

For sale in Germany, a 1964 Jaguar Mk X which, they say, came from Ceausescu's fleet before being imported into Germany in 1984.

It's possible. The Jaguar Mk X was indeed part of the official fleet (photos 7 to 10). Also that of the traffic police (photos 5, 6). And there were others around in the country (photos 11, 12). The UK press reported at the time that 15 had been exported to Romania.

From what is known, many of the Jags were scrapped after 1978. Others were bought at auction and exported. Two were used in the Bucharest Polytechnic for demonstrations. One is reputed to have survived up to around 2000, where it was seen in a dire condition in Arad (later edit: this one was a Mk 1 from about 1961, so not linked).

The bit about this being General Pacepa's car, however, is easy to say, and difficult to prove. What is known is that in 1978 he had only one car, a Mercedes 220 D. It's also the sad fact that every interesting vehicle known to have existed in Communist Romania is said to have had a punchy owner. A punchy owner who never seems to exist in the vehicle's documents...

Whatever this particular car's provenance, though, it remains an interesting part of Romania's automotive history.