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Spotted in China: Hongqi CA7220 EL1 limousine

Published on March 5, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter

Spotted in China: Hongqi CA7220 EL1 limousine

A very special Hongqi CA7220 EL1 limousine, Spotted in China in the great city of Shanghai by reader Anonymous, thank you for the pictures!  The Hongqi CA7220 EL1 is a stretched limousine based on the Hongqi CA7220 sedan, which again was based on the Audi 100 that was manufactured in China by the FAW-Volkswagen joint-venture, FAW is also the owner of the Hongqi (Red Flag) brand .

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Spotted in China: Haima HMC6470 with a Body Kit

Published on February 13, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter

Spotted in China: Haima HMC6470 with a Body Kit

A very speedy Haima HMC6470, Spotted in China in the great city of Putian in Fujian Province by LD-LinZW. The wagon is heavily modified with a new grille, new headlights, and a sporty home-made body kit. The good old  Haima HMC6470 suddenly seems a lot more interesting…

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General Motors EV1 pops up in China, times two

Published on January 24, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter

General Motors EV1 pops up in China, times two

Not all were destroyed. About forty General Motors EV1 are known to have survived the crusher, and at least two  ended up in China. A green and a blue example were seen standing abandoned in a storage facility on the premises of the ‘National Electric Vehicle Experimental & Demonstration Area’ near Shantou City in Guangdong Province. Read more »

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China Car History: the China Family Car Project and the Mercedes-Benz FCC

Published on January 22, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter

China Car History: the China Family Car Project and the Mercedes-Benz FCC

Today in China Car History the China Family Car Project. In 1994 the Chinese central government invited 20 major Western automakers to come up with a proposal for a small family car for the Chinese auto market. The car had to be cheap, clean, big enough to carry five, and was to be manufactured in China under a joint venture with First Auto Works (FAW).

Several automakers responded with plans and prototypes, including Chrysler, Fiat, Ford, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Opel, and Porsche. Today the second in a series: the Mercedes-Benz FCC.

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China Car History: the Sanxing Desert King

Published on January 20, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter

China Car History: the Sanxing Desert King

Today in China Car History the badass Sanxing Desert King, a giant SUV from the early 1990′s. The Desert King was manufactured by a company called Beijing Sanxing Automobile Factory. The company was founded in 1956 as the People’s Liberation Army Third 603 Plant, an army owned factory making military vehicles.
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China Car History: the China Family Car Project and the Porsche C88

Published on January 16, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter

China Car History: the China Family Car Project and the Porsche C88

Today in China Car History the China Family Car Project. In 1994 the Chinese central government invited 20 major Western automakers to come up with a proposal for a small family car for the Chinese auto market. The car had to be cheap, clean, big enough to carry five, and was to be manufactured in China under a joint venture with First Auto Works (FAW).

Several automakers responded with plans and prototypes, including Chrysler, Fiat, Ford, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Opel, and Porsche. Today the first in a series: the Porsche C88 China Car.

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Spotted in China: an almost perfect Peugeot 505 SX sedan

Published on January 8, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter

Spotted in China: an almost perfect Peugeot 505 SX sedan

An almost perfect Peugeot 505 SX sedan, Spotted in China in the Fangzhuang area in Beijing. The vehicle was parked in the middle of a small public park but nobody seemed to care. A vintage Peugeot is indeed more beautiful than yet another tree. The 505 was still used as a daily driver, very clean, and well maintained.

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An unrestored Hongqi CA770 at the Beijing Classic Car Museum

Published on January 7, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter

An unrestored Hongqi CA770 at the Beijing Classic Car Museum

Today in China Car History a very impressive Hongqi CA770 state limousine, seen on the premises of the the Beijing Classic Car Museum in Huairou District to the far north of the capital. The black limousine is a rather special. Most old Hongqi cars we see are either wrecked of restored to the max, but this example is unrestored and completely original.

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China Car History: the Hongqi CA72 Parade Car

Published on December 27, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter

China Car History: the Hongqi CA72 Parade Car

Today in China Car History one of the most beautiful cars in the world. This is the mighty 1959 Hongqi CA72 Parade Car, seen in the Sanhe Classic Car Museum in the great city of Chengdu in Sichuan Province. The Hongqi CA72 Parade Car was based on the equally mighty Hongqi CA72 sedan.

Parade cars were, and still are, used to parade head-of-states and high ranking official through town during visits of inspection tours. The dignitary would wave to the crowd that was lined-up along the streets waving flags and showing happy faces.

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China Car History: the Jinma QJM5022TYN6 Wedding Car

Published on December 24, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter

China Car History: the Jinma QJM5022TYN6 Wedding Car

Today in China Car History the very special and very rare Jinma QJM5022TYN6 Wedding Car, seen at the premises of the Dalian Classic Car Museum in the great city of Dalian in Liaoning Province. The Jinma QJM5022TYN6 Wedding Car was manufactured by the Jinma Motor Company from the early 1980′s to the late 1990′s.

In those days there weren’t many fancy cars in China but there was, as always, a great need to impress the guests on wedding parties. The happy couple could then hire a so called ‘classic wedding car’, a China-made automobile that was supposed to look like a vintage Western limousine.  Some 20 small Chinese companies manufactured the classic wedding cars and Jinma was the largest of the lot.

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