December 20, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter
Today in China Car History the Dongfanghong 28 tractor, seen at the Beijing Classic Car Museum where she was tucked away in a dusty corner of the parking lot. Donfanghong was, and still is, a brand of the First Tractor Factory which was established in 1955 in the great city of Luoyang in Henan Province. The factory started with the famous Type 54 crawler-tractor. The Dongfanghong 28 tractor arrived in 1965.
May 12, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter
In early May I wrote an article on the strange and interesting cars from Dongfanghong, which were sold under the Dongfanghong-brand and Yituo-brand. The article caused quite a stir. Readers said the cars were in fact based on the FSO Polonez. Articles linking back to my article appeared on Polish and French websites, saying the same thing. Time therefore, for an update…
May 4, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter
Dongfanghong is a famous Chinese maker of tractors, trucks and construction equipment, their history goes back all the way to the day the Communist Party came to power. The early Dongfanghong (东方红) tractors were used extensively by the Chinese state for propaganda posters and books.
But there is a less well-known chapter in Dongfanghong’s history, for a short period of time in the early 1990’s they made cars as well. Several types of small sedans and wagons were sold under the ‘Yituo’ and ‘Dongfanghong’-brands from 1991 until 1995. Not many were made and the cars were almost forgotten. Until now.
March 4, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter
A late Sunday afternoon, time for more China Car history! This is the mighty Dongfanghong Type 54 crawler-tractor, China’s very first self-made tractor that could be used for heavy work in the field and for construction. The first Dongfanghong, meaning ‘the East is Red’, debuted on July 20 in the year 1958.
February 13, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter
A late Monday evening in a extremely
smoggy foggy Beijing. I better stay inside to write about the history of Chinese cars! Today we have a beautiful truck. This is the mighty Dongfanghong DFH665 army truck, Dongfanghong means ‘Eastern Red’. Production of the DFH665 started in 1967 and that made it officially ‘the first Chinese heavy-duty off-road vehicle’.