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Visit To The Hongqi Factory Museum In Changchun, China

August 4, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter

Visit To The Hongqi Factory Museum In Changchun, China

A while ago I was honored with an invitation to visit the Hongqi ‘Red Flag’ factory museum, located in the FAW headquarters in the great city of Changchun in Jilin Province. The museum is open on invitation only so getting in is very hard. I had been dreaming about the museum for years and last month it was finally my time. Thanks to everyone who made it possible.

Hongqi is China’s oldest and most famous car brand. It is owned by First Auto Works, or FAW. Hongqi was founded in 1958. Today the brand makes two production cars: the Hongqi L5 and the Hongqi H7.

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The Hongqi limousines at the former Dalian Classic Car Museum in China

February 13, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter

The Hongqi limousines at the former Dalian Classic Car Museum in China

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.

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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 CA770JH state-limousine ambulance

October 15, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter

Spotted in China: Hongqi CA770xx with an emergency light

A massive Hongqi CA770 state limousine, Spotted in China on a classic car festival in Taoranting Park. This is the very rare ‘CA770JH’ variant, which is an ambulance. The stretcher goes trough the trunk and the patient lies in the rear comportment. This great example is black and has a flagpole, indicating it served as a motorcade car.

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China Car History: the Hongqi CA771 limousine

April 18, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter

China Car History: the Hongqi CA771 limousine

A very rare Hongqi CA771 limousine, seen in the Beijing Classic Car Museum in Huairou District to the far north of the capital. The CA771 was developed as a smaller variant of the gigantic Hongqi CA770. It arrived in 1967 and production continued until 1971.

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A manic model review of the 1:18 Hongqi CA770

February 19, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter

A manic model review of the 1:18 Hongqi CA770

Earlier this month we were contacted by master model reviewer Animesh Shrivastava of India, saying he wrote an article on a 1:18 scale model of the famous Hongqi CA770 state limousine. The article turned out to be a manic masterpiece with brilliant photos of the model and a complete history of the real car.

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An unrestored Hongqi CA770 at the Beijing Classic Car Museum

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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CarPorn the Chinese Way: Hongqi CA770 state limousine, Times Two

December 17, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter

CarPorn the Chinese Way: Hongqi CA770 state limousine, Times Two

Chinese CarPorn doesn’t get any better than this: two giant Hongqi CA770 state limousines, parked side by side in a super car shop in the Beijing Tuning Street. The vehicles looked nearly identical and were recently restored to the absolute max. Perfectly painted and perfectly clean, these beauties are simply the best Hongqi sedans in the world.

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Shanghai Car Museum: Hongqi CA770

December 20, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Shanghai Car Museum: Hongqi CA770

This is the perfect Hongqi CA770 state limousine from the Shanghai Car Museum, it is definitely one of the best looking examples I have seen in China so far. The Hongqi (Red Flag) CA770 was a giant sedan made exclusively for the Chinese government, only 847 cars were produced in its long life from 1966 until 1981.

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