The fascinating History of Cars in China

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Spotted In China: The Geely Liangjing JL63601E

December 2, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter

Spotted In China: The Geely Liangjing JL63601E

Today in China Car History and Spotted in China the Geely Liangjing JL63601E hatchback. I found this little beauty on a parking lot not far from my home in the far eastern wastelands of Beijing. The good Geely was in super shape and that is very rare; this oldies are mostly dumped by roadside or scrapped.

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Spotted In China: Sanjiang Renault Trafic Times Two

December 1, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter

Spotted In China: Sanjiang Renault Trafic Times Two

Today in China Car History and Spotted in China the Sanjiang Renault Trafic, seen here on the double at the Tsinghua University in Beijing, not far from where I found a Hongqi CA774 prototype.

The white car is short-wheelbase and qualifies as a passenger vehicle, it therefore has a blue license plate. The gray car however is long-wheelbase and too long to be a passenger car, it is thus qualified as a commercial vehicle and carries yellow license plates.

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Spotted in China: Zhonghua CHB6401TA

November 29, 2016 by Sam Faulkner

Spotted in China: Zhonghua CHB6401TA

Today in China Car History and Spotted in China the unbelievably special Zhonghua CHB6401TA, or to give it the name we have previously called it; the Zhonghua plastic car! I won’t retell the whole history of this car so please go check it out here.

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China Car History: The Fourth Prototype Of The Hongqi CA774

November 16, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter

China Car History: The Fourth Prototype Of The Hongqi CA774

Today in China Car History the fourth prototype of the Hongqi CA774, once intended as the successor of the famous Hongqi CA770 state limousine. Six prototypes were made from 1972 until 1979 but the CA774 sadly never saw production.

At least four prototypes are still around. One stands in the Hongqi Museum in Changchun, another one in the museum’s warehouse, one used to be at the Dalian Classic Car Museum and now stands in the Beijing Classic Car Museum, and the fourth car stands abandoned on a parking lot on the Tsinghua University in Beijing, where I found it in a sad and sorry shape.

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China Car History: The Fifth Prototype Of The Hongqi CA774

November 9, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter

China Car History: The Fifth Prototype Of The Hongqi CA774

Today in China Car History the fifth prototype of the Hongqi CA774, once intended as the successor of the famous Hongqi CA770 state limousine. Six prototypes were made from 1972 until 1979 but the CA774 sadly never saw production.

At least four prototypes are still around. One stands in the Hongqi Museum in Changchun, another one in the museum’s warehouse, one stands abandoned on a parking lot on the Tsinghua University in Beijing, and one used to be at the Dalian Classic Car Museum and stands now at the Beijing Classic Car Museum.

And that is the car we are looking at today, seen above in very good shape during my visit to Dalian in 2010.

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Spotted In China: Buick Royaum 3.6 V6

November 3, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter

Spotted In China: Buick Royaum 3.6 V6

A beautiful blue Buick Royaum sedan, Spotted in China in the far eastern hinterlands of Beijing. The good Buick was very dusty but otherwise in good shape. The Royaum is a very rare car, it was only sold on the Chinese car market in 2004 and 2005.

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Visit To The Hongqi Factory Museum In Changchun, China. Part 3; The Cars That I Didn’t See

October 31, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter

Visit To The Hongqi Factory Museum In Changchun, China. Part 3; The Cars That I Didn't See

Back in July I went to the Hongqi Factory Museum in Changchun, a beautiful place with beautiful cars. See Part 1 with intro here and Part 2 here. The museum usually has 16-20 cars in display. Only six are permanently displayed and the other cars rotate. Today we take a look at what I didn’t see.

Hongqi, or Red Flag, is China’s oldest and most famous car brand. It is owned by First Auto Works, or FAW. Hongqi was founded in 1958. Today the brand makes two production cars: the Hongqi L5 and the Hongqi H7.

Starting off hot with a car called the CA7460:

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Visit To The Hongqi Factory Museum In Changchun, China. Part 2

October 17, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter

Visit To The Hongqi Factory Museum In Changchun, China. Part 2

Time now for Part 2 of my visit to the Hongqi Museum in the great city of Changchun in Jilin Province in China. Part 1 plus introduction here. Starting immediately with the beautiful Hongqi CA630 VIP bus, manufactured from 1980 until 1987. Racy decals are perfectly 80’s!

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China Car History: The China-Made Opel Corsa B Hatchback

August 22, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter

China Car History: The China-Made Opel Corsa B Hatchback

Today in China Car History the story of the China-made Opel Corsa B hatchback, with many thanks to Sam Faulkner who got me on the trail of this great oddity.

What we knew: The Corsa B was manufactured in Germany from 1993 until 2000. From 2001 until 2005 the Corsa sedan and wagon were made in China by Shanghai-GM under the Buick Sail name, and after 2005 under the Chevrolet Sail name.

What is new: the Corsa hatchback was made in China as well. Under the Opel Corsa name. Production started all the way back in 1993 and lasted until about 1996.

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Visit To The Hongqi Factory Museum In Changchun, China

August 4, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter

Visit To The Hongqi Factory Museum In Changchun, China

A while ago I was honored with an invitation to visit the Hongqi ‘Red Flag’ factory museum, located in the FAW headquarters in the great city of Changchun in Jilin Province. The museum is open on invitation only so getting in is very hard. I had been dreaming about the museum for years and last month it was finally my time. Thanks to everyone who made it possible.

Hongqi is China’s oldest and most famous car brand. It is owned by First Auto Works, or FAW. Hongqi was founded in 1958. Today the brand makes two production cars: the Hongqi L5 and the Hongqi H7.

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