The fascinating History of Cars in China

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Spotted in China: Mitsubishi Delica 4WD

January 4, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter

Spotted in China: Mitsubishi Delica 4WD

An extremely rare Mitsubishi Delica 4WD, Spotted in China in the Dongba area in east Beijing. The vehicle was a bit dusty but otherwise in a very good shape; paint was smooth, chrome was shiny, all parts were in place, and there wasn’t any rust in sight. Big bull bar was a popular period after factory option.

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Spotted in China: the Guangdong Wanli Suzuki Vitara JLX WLZ5020XLD

January 2, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter

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An extremely rare Guangdong Wanli Suzuki Vitara JLX WLZ5020XLD, Spotted in China in the Wangjing District in Beijing. The vehicle was dusty and very dirty but otherwise in a reasonable shape. Painted in white with darkened windows, standing in steel alloys, and fitted with a fancy bull bar.

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The Hongqi CA770J Parade Car of the Beijing Classic Car Museum

December 28, 2015 by Tycho de Feijter

The Hongqi CA770J Parade Car of the Beijing Classic Car Museum

The beautiful black Hongqi CA770J parade car, seen in the Beijing Classic Car Museum in the far northern suburbs of the Chinese capital. The majestic limousine was in a fantastic shape, large unrestored and well-taken care for. The paint was smooth as silk, the chrome shiny as new, and almost everything was period-original.

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Two rare Hongqi limousines found in Beijing; the Second Car

December 26, 2015 by Tycho de Feijter

Two rare Hongqi limousines found in Beijing; the Second Car

Two years ago I brought you the story about two extremely rare Hongqi CA770 state limousines that were found in Beijing. At the time I could only describe one car in detail. The second car had to wait for reasons of supreme secrecy. Until now. Here she is, covered with a thick layer of the capital’s finest dust!

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Spotted in China: Hongqi HQ300 sedan

December 17, 2015 by Joey Wang

Spotted in China: Hongqi HQ300 sedan

A beautiful black Hongqi HQ300 sedan, Spotted in China in the Dongba area in the far eastern suburbs of Beijing. The good old ‘Qi was is superb shape, smooth paint and shiny chrome, completely original, nothing missing or broken, and not a spat of rust in sight.

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China Car History: the Beijing-Jeep 2002 utility vehicle prototype

December 17, 2015 by Tycho de Feijter

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A very special car today in China Car History. This is the one and only Beijing-Jeep 2002, seen in the magnificent and now sadly closed Dalian Classic Car Museum in the great city of Dalian in Liaoning Province.

The Beijing-Jeep 2002 was a prototype for the successor of the famous Beijing Auto Works 212, a 4×4 utility vehicle used by the Chinese armed forces, it was built in 2002, hence the name. The competition was a bit muddy as all the entrants came from various parts of the Beijing Auto empire!

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Spotted in China: Nanjing NJ6400 Encore & NJ7150 Soyat

November 27, 2015 by Tycho de Feijter

Spotted in China: Nanjing NJ6400 Encore & NJ7150 Soyat

A racy red Nanjing NJ6400 Encore hatchback, Spotted in China in the Dongba area in the far eastern suburbs of Beijing. The old Encore was in a very good shape, with a smooth looking body and shiny paint, original six-spoke sporty wheels, original roof rack, the full original body kit, and the optional darkened windows.

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China Car History: the lone Hongqi HQ3 Parade Car

October 20, 2015 by Tycho de Feijter

China Car History: the lone Hongqi HQ3 Parade Car

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.

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China Car History: the V8 powered Hongqi CA630 VIP minibus

October 16, 2015 by Tycho de Feijter

China Car History: the V8 powered Hongqi CA630 VIP minibus

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.

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Spotted in China: Beijing-Jeep Cherokee emergency medical vehicle

September 18, 2015 by W.E. Ning

Spotted in China: Beijing-Jeep Cherokee emergency medical vehicle

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.

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