The fascinating History of Cars in China

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Spotted In China: Zhongtong-Bova Futura LCK6130 Bus

January 9, 2017 by Tycho de Feijter

Spotted In China: Zhongtong-Bova Futura LCK6130 Bus

A beautiful dark blue Bova Futura bus, Spotted in China on a parking lot near a residential area in Dongba in the far far east of Beijing. The good and giant Bova was a bit bruised here and there but otherwise in a great shape.

The Bova Futura was a futuristic looking bus developed and built by the famous Dutch bus builder Bova, now part of the VDL Group. The Futura debuted in 1982 and it looked like a spaceship compared to other buses at the time.

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Spotted In China: Qinchuan Q7081BD Flyer On White License Plates

December 28, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter

Spotted In China: Qinchuan Q7081BD Flyer On White License Plates

Today in China Car History and Spotted in China a very special little car. This is the great Qinchuan Q7081BD Flyer, seen near a car market in west Beijing, painted in silver with the factory original five-spoke alloys. The bonnet and bumper were damaged but it was otherwise in a good shape.

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Old Photos Of The Completely Crazy Jianhua JH6620 24V3000 Wedding Car

December 27, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter

Old Photos Of The Completely Crazy Jianhua JH6620 24V3000 Wedding Car

Two long years ago I met two Jianhua JH6620 24V3000’s in Beijing, and today we have received a flock of period photos of the things. The Jianhua was an absurdly crazy so-called ‘classic wedding car‘, featuring an endless bonnet, a huge grille and shiny bumpers, gold mirrors the size of a plate, and spare wheels fitted into the sides!

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The Story Of Sanxing Part 1: History & Background

December 15, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter

The Story Of Sanxing Part 1: History & Background

Sanxing Mitsubishi Pajero V6 (V31).

Today in China Car History the first part of the Story of Sanxing, about an almost forgotten company that made a crazy selection of cars, including the Dodge Caravan, the Mitsubishi Pajero, the Mercedes-Benz MB100, and a range of Daihatsu-based trucks.

Sanxing Auto was based in the great city of Zhanjiang in Guangdong Province. They were the Big Thing for a while, visited by big wits from China and abroad. But then it all went wrong due to politics and rivalries between Guangdong and Beijing. Their cars are virtually unknown today, descending into anonymity. This series of articles will bring them back.

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Spotted In China: Hongqi HQ430

December 7, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter

Spotted In China: Hongqi HQ430

Today in China Car History and Spotted in China a beautiful black Hongqi HQ430 sedan, seen on a rainy day in easy Beijing. It was in super shape and carries a license plate from Jilin province with the ultra rare sequence of 9990.

The Hongqi HQ430 was a variant of the Hongqi HQ3 series, manufactured from 2006 until 2010. The HQ3 was based on the fourth-generation (S180) Toyota Crown Majesta.

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Spotted In China: Zhongxing BQ6472Y2A Admiral SUV

December 5, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter

Spotted In China: Zhongxing BQ6472Y2A Admiral SUV

Today in China Car History and Spotted in China the Zhongxing BQ6472Y2A Admiral SUV, seen here on a car market in east Beijing. This black example is in very good shape and completely original except for the tires. The Admiral, and that is a great name for a car, is a child of a Chinese company called Zhongxing Auto, also known as ZX Auto. It was manufactured from 2000 until 2004.

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Spotted In China: C5 Audi A6 Executive

December 5, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter

Spotted In China: C5 Audi A6 Executive

Today in China Car History and Spotted in China the Audi A6 Executive, an ultra luxurious variant of the China-made C5 Audi A6. I found this black example abandoned on a parking lot just to the south of the southern section of the mighty Fifth Ring Road. It was dirty and dusty but absolutely savable.

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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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