China Car History: the Shanghai SH771

Published on September 21, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

China Car History: the Shanghai SH771

This is the Shanghai SH771, developed by Shanghai Auto in 1974 as a possible successor of the Shanghai SH760 series. The SH771 was based on the 1972 Mercedes-Benz W116 S-class. The engine however wasn’t German, Shanghai Auto opted for the 5.6 liter V8 from Hongqi (Red Flag) which was originally a Chrysler power plant. German-American cooperation in China!

China Car History: the Shanghai SH771

Sadly the Shanghai SH771 never made it to production, only 30 examples were made for testing and it all ended in 1978. The old Shanghai SH760-series carried on all the way to 1991 (!). Too bad, the SH771 is an impressive looking machine and its strange roots make it an extra interesting and almost exotic automachine. Big it was!, size: 5330/1990/1640, wheelbase was 3070. As far as we know, none survived until today…

China Car History: the Shanghai SH771

With thanks to Erik from ChineseCars.net.


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  1. PGMJ- September 22, 2012 Reply

    For me one of the best looking chinese cars ever made. Pity you didn’t postany photo from the rear.

  2. acs- September 22, 2012 Reply

    This really should have replaced the SH760, it’s quite a beauty.

  3. jorge- September 22, 2012 Reply

    Look like old Japanese full size cars

  4. Tycho de Feyter- September 22, 2012 Reply


    Picture added!

  5. PGMJ- September 22, 2012 Reply

    Thank you very much. it reminds me same period Mercedes Benz rear.

  6. Ivar- September 24, 2012 Reply

    Interesting car indeed, but any chance of a interior pic?

  7. Anon- September 24, 2012 Reply

    Agree really beautiful car.

    Isn’t the Shanghai marque about to be relaunched by SAIC? Does anyone know when?

    1. Tycho de Feyter- September 24, 2012 Reply

      @Anon. Yes SAIC wants to relaunch the brand, some sort of concept is expected at the April 2013 Shanghai Auto Show.

  8. Manuel- September 26, 2012 Reply

    They did the same concept as the Chrysler 300c/dodge charger, exactly the same technical idea LOL

  9. BurningChen- December 7, 2012 Reply


  10. Thomas404- September 26, 2014 Reply

    Nice rear view.
    I guess the taillights came from the Ford Granada MkII facelift, see


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