A very neat Hongqi Century Star stretched limousine, Spotted in China in the Dongba area in east Beijing. The limousine is based on the base Hongqi Century Star sedan, which is based on the Audi 100 which was made in China by the FAW-Volkswagen joint venture. FAW (First Auto Works) is also the owner of the famous Hongi Red Flag brand. The white color makes it a very special car as 99% of these limousines came in black.
The Century Star limousine is unique among the stretched Hongqi’s because it was extended behind the C-pillar, instead of the B-pillar. The unusual design made for the extra space to center in the back of the car, and not in the middle. The limousine was extended by a full 30 centimeters, total length was 5206 mm and wheelbase 3003 mm. This particular car is powered by a Nissan-sourced VG20 2.0 liter V6 with 125hp.
The vehicle is owned by the owner of a nearby shop. We started talking and after five minutes he offered me the car for 30.000 yuan or 4800 USD. I am still seriously thinking about buying. The car was in good shape, has the reliable Nissan engine, and that rare white color makes it very special. I can probably get the price down to about 25.000. But what will the wife say..?
The FAW logo on the grille. The Audi-based Hongqi’s didn’t feature the red flag ornament.