The fascinating History of Cars in China

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Spotted in China: Hongqi CA770JH state-limousine ambulance

October 15, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter

Spotted in China: Hongqi CA770xx with an emergency light

A massive Hongqi CA770 state limousine, Spotted in China on a classic car festival in Taoranting Park. This is the very rare ‘CA770JH’ variant, which is an ambulance. The stretcher goes trough the trunk and the patient lies in the rear comportment. This great example is black and has a flagpole, indicating it served as a motorcade car.

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The Nanjing NJ230 Type 63 130mm Multiple Rocket Launcher at the Beijing Classic Car Museum

September 25, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter

The Nanjing NJ230 Type 63 130mm Multiple Rocket Launcher at the Beijing Classic Car Museum

An ultra badass Nanjing NJ230 Type 63 130mm Multiple Rocket Launcher (MRL), Spotted in China in the Beijing Classic Car Museum. The vehicle stands on a heightened chassis and is fitted with four-wheel drive and heavy off-road tires. The windows can be covered by armor plating to protect the cabin during launch. What launches?

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Spotted in China: a perfect third generation Audi 100 sedan

September 24, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter

Spotted in China: a pefect third generation Audi 100 sedan

An extremely beautiful Audi 100 sedan with its original period license plates, Spotted in China on the Beijing Asian Games Village car market in Beijing. The vehicle was in perfect shape. Fresh looking paint, shiny chrome, original fog lights, original badges, original wheel covers, and not a spat of rust or rot in sight.

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The Beijing Dongfeng BM021A tricycle of the Beijing Classic Car Museum

September 19, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter

The Beijing Dongfeng BM021A tricycle of the Beijing Classic Car Museum

This is a very rare Beijing Dongfeng BM021A tricycle, Spotted in China in the Beijing Classic Car Museum. The vehicle was sadly in a rather sad shape with a lot of cracks and rust. Happily, it was still in working order and staff told me they regularly use it to ferry heavy stuff around.

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The Jinma QJM5022TYN6 Wedding Car at the Beijing Classic Car Museum

September 18, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter

The Jinma QJM5022TYN6 Wedding Car at the Beijing Classic Car Museum

A huge Jinma QJM5022TYN6 Wedding Car, Spotted in China in the Beijing Classic Car Museum. This particular example is by far the most impressive Jinma I have ever seen. Fitted with a full-size soft top and a giant golden grille with matching headlights, bumper, and mirrors.

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The Beijing BJ 212 T75 -105 at the Beijing Classic Car Museum

September 17, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter

The Beijing BJ 212 T75 -105 at the Beijing Classic Car Museum

A pristine Beijing BJ212 T75 -105, Spotted in China in the Beijing Classic Car Museum. The T75-105 was a military vehicle based on the Beijing BJ212. The BJ212 T75-105 was manufactured by Beijing Auto Works, a subsidiary of the Beijing Auto Industry Corporation (BAIC).

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China Car History: the Lucky Star mini car for the Masses

September 12, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter & Erik van Ingen Schenau

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Today in China Car History a very special car. This is the Tint Dragonfly Lucky Star C987 mini car concept, born in 1993. It was designed by a certain Mr. Tak Lee from Hong Kong, who studied at the Central School of Design and Art in the United Kingdom. The idea was to build a affordable car for the Chinese masses.

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Made in China. Lost Small Cars of the 1990’s; a New Book about Chinese Car History

September 9, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter

Made in China. Lost Small Cars of the 1990's; a New Book about Chinese Car History

The Great Automotive Explorer Erik van Ingen Schenou, founder of ChineseCars.net, has compiled a new Chinese automotive history masterpiece: “Made in China. Lost Small Cars of the 1990’s.” The brilliant book is about the wildest period there ever was in China as an auto land; the late 1990’s until the very early 2000’s when hundreds of small and very small car factories suddenly started building cars like crazy, mostly of their own design.

The period is almost forgotten today, in China and in the rest of the world. Erik van Ingen Schenou brings those good times back with a selection of  a hundred brands from all over China.  We have published many posts using original photos from the book, including articles about the Beifang QJC 7050 , the Yemingzhu YMZ 5010 X, and the Hualian Huali. Soon we will post an article about the beautiful Beifang QCJ7085, pictured above with Erik himself near the factory in Beijing in 1995.

A crazy time with crazy cars. Want more? Buy the Book!

 

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Spotted in China: another Jinma QJM5022TYN6 two-door Wedding Car

September 1, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter

Here we have another Jinma QJM5022TYN6 two-door Wedding Car

Going through the old archives can be a bitch, seeing stuff you rather don’t want to remember. There are some exceptions, such as this brilliant Jinma QJM5022TYN6 two-door Wedding Car. I met this beauty, looking very abandoned at that time already, all the way back in the autumn of 2004 in the Longtan Hu Park in Beijing.

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China Car History: the Jiefang CA10 water truck

September 1, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter

China Car History: the Jiefang CA10 water truck

Going through the old archives can be a bitch, seeing stuff you rather don’t want to remember. There are some exceptions, such as this brilliant Jiefang CA10 water truck. I met this monster all the way back in the summer of 2003 when I just arrived in Beijing (still here!). The truck was in active service, used for spraying water on the overheated asphalt around the famous Beijing Workers Stadium, which was very close to my then home.

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