Today in China Car History a very special car: this is the mighty Hongqi HQ3 parade car, based on the Hongqi HQ3 sedan, which was based on the fourth-generation (S180) Toyota Crown Majesta. The transformation started with deleting the entire roof, and continued with stretching the car by 30 centimeter, strengthening the windshield, adding a parade handlebar, and putting flags on the fenders.
Today in China Car History the massively impressive Hongqi CA630, a VIP minibus from China powered by a big V8 petrol engine. The CA630 was born in the great year of 1980 and lived on until 1987. The bus features a heavily chromed grille flanked by two headlights on each side. The white blue example on the first photo dates from 1982. I found her in near perfect condition in the Dalian Classic Car Museum.
A very sweet Beijing-Jeep Cherokee emergency medical vehicle, Spotted in China in the the faraway eastern suburbs of Beijing. The vehicle had a red cross on the bonnet, on the front doors, and two on the back. On the roof an impressive unit for the warning-light and siren. Behind the windshield a white sign writing Jiuhu (救护), which means ‘administer first aid’ or ‘rescue’. A jiuhuche (救护车) is an ambulance.
Today in China Car History the beautiful Beijing Yanjing YJ5021 minibus, Spotted in China in one of the very few old neighborhoods in the Lido area, where it stood against a wall in a rather poor condition, while being abused as a storage room for a nearby shop.
A wondrous white CitroenZX Fukang 988 sedan, Spotted in China in Wangjing District in Beijing. The good old ‘Troen was in great shape, with fresh paint and shiny chrome, nothing broken or gone, and looking completely 100% period-original! Small dent in the bumper didn’t spoil my party. Note typical French single windshield wiper.
A wondrous white Volkswagen Santana Variant, Spotted in China in the Lido area in Beijing. The workhorse wagon is hipnefied by a virgin white paint job, a badass body kit darkened windows, lowered suspension for low riding, and beautiful racy BBS alloys.
A very special vehicle today in Spotted in China. This is an original Zhonghua Car, seen on the Third Ring Road in Beijing by Reader Religioso, thank you for the pictures! The Zhonghua Car was manufactured from 1996 from 1999 by a Beijing-based company called the China Motor Corporation.
This is the Beijing-Jeep BJ2022 Heroic, a rugged looking concept based on the Jeep Cherokee XJ that debuted on the 2010 Beijing Auto Show. The vehicle was developed by Beijing-Jeep, a Chinese-American joint venture between the Beijing Automotive Industry Corporation (BAIC) and the former Chrysler Corporation. The JV manufactured the Cherokee XJ in China.
A very dusty Kia Pride sedan, Spotted in China in the Dongba area in the far east of Beijing. The little sedan was in a reasonable shape for its age, the body was all right, no rust in sight, and all seemed period-original and complete. The grille however was slightly damaged and there was a crack in the left-side indicator. First I thought the Pride was abandoned, but when I passed by the same place a week later the car was gone.
A mellow yellow Xiali TJ2000 sedan, Spotted in China in the Fangzhuang residential area in southwest Beijing. The good Xiali was dirty and dusty but overall in a fine shape. Nothing was broken, all seemed original, and not a spat of rust inside. The Xiali 2000 was manufactured from 2000 until 2004 by Tianjin-Xiali, a subsidiary of First Automobile Works (FAW).