August 4, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter
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.
February 13, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter
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.
December 28, 2015 by Tycho de Feijter
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.
December 26, 2015 by Tycho de Feijter
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!
October 15, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter
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.
April 18, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter
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.
February 19, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter
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.
January 7, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter
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.
December 17, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter
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.
December 20, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter
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.