November 9, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter
Today in China Car History the fifth prototype of the Hongqi CA774, once intended as the successor of the famous Hongqi CA770 state limousine. Six prototypes were made from 1972 until 1979 but the CA774 sadly never saw production.
At least four prototypes are still around. One stands in the Hongqi Museum in Changchun, another one in the museum’s warehouse, one stands abandoned on a parking lot on the Tsinghua University in Beijing, and one used to be at the Dalian Classic Car Museum and stands now at the Beijing Classic Car Museum.
And that is the car we are looking at today, seen above in very good shape during my visit to Dalian in 2010.
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.
October 16, 2015 by Tycho de Feijter
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.
September 25, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter
An ultra badass Nanjing NJ230 Type 63 130mm Multiple Rocket Launcher (MRL), Spotted in China in the Beijing Classic Car Museum. The vehicle stands on a heightened chassis and is fitted with four-wheel drive and heavy off-road tires. The windows can be covered by armor plating to protect the cabin during launch. What launches?
September 18, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter
A huge Jinma QJM5022TYN6 Wedding Car, Spotted in China in the Beijing Classic Car Museum. This particular example is by far the most impressive Jinma I have ever seen. Fitted with a full-size soft top and a giant golden grille with matching headlights, bumper, and mirrors.
September 17, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter
A pristine Beijing BJ212 T75 -105, Spotted in China in the Beijing Classic Car Museum. The T75-105 was a military vehicle based on the Beijing BJ212. The BJ212 T75-105 was manufactured by Beijing Auto Works, a subsidiary of the Beijing Auto Industry Corporation (BAIC).
September 16, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter
A beautiful black Datsun 260 C sedan, Spotted in China in the Beijing Classic Car Museum. The vehicle was in reasonable shape and in urgent need of a good clean-up and some love. The paint was scratched all over and the chrome was fading in places, but all parts seemed to in place and the engine was running fine.
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 20, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter
A very black S120 Toyota Crown Royal Saloon, Spotted in China on the premises of the Beijing Classic Car Museum in the outskirts of the Capital. The Royal Crown is no part of the collection but does belong to the museum. It was used to ship in VIP visitors from town but sadly stands neglected today.
February 13, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter
A very red FSO Polonez 1.6 GLE, Spotted in China on the premises of the Beijing Classic Car Museum. The vehicle belongs to a employee of the museum and is still being used as a daily driver. The vehicle was in a reasonable condition but in desperate need of a good clean-up. The FSO Polonez was manufactured from 1978 until 2002 and it was exported to China in the 1980’s and 1990’s.