A fiery Tianjin Xiali TJ7131UL, Spotted in China in the Lido area in Beijing. The good Xiali was in a very good shape, painted in red with red bumpers and red mirrors, and fitted with original sporty wheels. The grille looked a bit tired but a good cleanup will fix that easily.
A wondrous white Beijing Benz-Chrysler Jeep 2700, Spotted in China in a compound in east Beijing. The good old Jeep was in a very good shape, clearly loved, with a smooth body and clean paint. Everything was original down until the alloys and up until the roof rack.
A very sweet Suzuki Alto City Baby, Spotted in China on a parking lot in the Dongba area in east Beijing. The good ‘Uki was in a good shape, but in urgent need of some love and maintenance. Purple pink paint was fine bar for some spots on the bonnet, plastic parts were all right, and almost everything was original.
A very sleek Geely China Dragon sporty car, Spotted in China on a car market in east Beijing. The good Geel’ was a bit dusty but otherwise in a great shape. Paint was smooth, body was good, all parts were on, no rust or rot, and everything was original.
A wondrous white Chery Riich R2 M-MPV, Spotted in China on a car market in Beijing. The good Chery was sadly is not a very good shape, very dusty, dirty, and apparently abandoned. However, it can still be saved. The paint was smooth and the body undamaged, and everything seemed original.
A wondrous white Citroen Elysee VIP, Spotted in China in the Dongba area in the far east of Beijing. The good old Cit’ was in fine shape, with a clean body and smooth paint, and mostly original. Sadly, there was some rot and rust all around. The Elysee VIP is a stretched variant of the Citroen Elysee sedan, extended by 16 centimeter in the middle for more space in the back.
A blue Shanghai Wanfeng Suwei SUV, Spotted in China in the far east of Beijing. The good old Wanfeng was in a reasonable shape, paint a bit faded, bruises and dents all over, but it was completely original and absolutely drivable, just in need of some love and a good cleanup.
A beautiful black Chevrolet Blazer, Spotted in China just east of the Fourth Ring Road in Beijing. The good Blazer was in good shape, looking smooth and well maintained, mostly original and without any rust or rot.The bull bar was a popular factory option.
An incredible beautiful black Hongqi CA771 sedan, Spotted in China at a car repair shop in Shunyi District, with many thanks to reader Maxi for showing me the way. It is very rare to meet a Hongqi in the wild like this. Most are now locked up in museums and private collections.
The brilliant Dalian Classic Car Museum has been closed. The private owner is in prison for killing his brother and won’t get out anymore.
The collection has been removed from the museum’s buildings and the cars are being sold off. Some are ending up in other museums and some with other collectors.
It seems very unlikely the collection will ever come together again. Time thus for a look-back at how things once were when all was good and happy. Today we start with the Hongqi limousines, the museum had six of them. On the left and right a Hongqi CA630 minibus.