The fascinating History of Cars in China

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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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Spotted in China: Citroen Elysee VIP

July 7, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter

Spotted in China: Citroen Elysee VIP

A very long Citroen Elysee VIP, Spotted in China in the Dongba area in far east Beijing. The Elysee VIP is a stretched variant of the Citroen Elysee sedan, extended by 15 centimeter in the middle for more space in the back. The VIP is a rather rare car to see on the road today, and this particular car was in perfect condition.

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Spotted in China: the Hongqi CA7180 A2EL1 stretched limousine

June 4, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter

Spotted in China: the Hongqi CA 7180 A2EL1 stretched limousine

A beautiful black Hongqi CA7180 A2EL1 stretched limousine, Spotted in China in the Sanlitun embassy area in Beijing. The vehicle was in very good shape with smooth looking paint, shiny chrome, and all parts accounted for. The tires however looked a bit old and in need of a replacement, especially in those rainy cold conditions.

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Tianjin Huali TJ1010A mini pickup truck is selling Oranges in China

June 4, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter

Tianjin Huali TJ1010A mini pickup truck is selling Oranges in China

A vaguely red Tianjin Huali TJ1010A mini pickup truck, Spotted in China in the Fangzhuang Residential Area in Beijing. Sadly, the good vehicle wasn’t in running order anymore, functioning instead as a platform for a fruit shop selling oranges that looked a tad or two too green. The poor car is being propped up by two piles of stones. What a way to treat a Huali…

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Spotted in China: the China-made Chrysler Sebring sedan

June 4, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter

Spotted in China: the China-made Chrysler Sebring sedan

A beautiful black Chrysler Sebring sedan, Spotted in China in the Fangzhuang Residential Area in Beijing. The fine vehicle looked very lean and very clean, the nearby towers mirroring in the long sculpted bonnet.

The Sebring was manufactured in China from 2007 until 2009 by the Beijing-Benz DaimlerChrysler Automotive Corporation (BBDC), a joint venture between the Beijing Auto Industry Corporation (BAIC) and DaimlerChrysler. The joint venture also made the Chrysler 300 and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

Note the Jeep Cherokee 2500 at the other side of the street. It was manufactured by Beijing-Jeep, which was at the time partly part of the Daimler-Chrysler empire too, but technically a different joint venture.

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China Car History: the Nanjing NJ230 truck at the Dalian Classic Car Museum

May 20, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter

China Car History: the Nanjing NJ230 truck at the Dalian Classic Car Museum

Today in China Car History the magnificent Nanjing NJ230 truck, seen at the Dalian Classic Car Museum in the great city of Dalian in Liaoning Province. This particular example is a military variant with a single cab cabin and large flatbed load bay. She was parked in an outside area of the museum, standing very close to a Jiefang CA10 fire truck.

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