Spotted in China: Hongqi HQ300 sedan

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A beautiful black Hongqi HQ300 sedan, Spotted in China in the Dongba area in the far eastern suburbs of Beijing. The good old ‘Qi was is superb shape, smooth paint and shiny chrome, completely original, nothing missing or broken, and not a spat of rust in sight.

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The famous Hongqi, Red Flag, ornament on the bonnet.


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The Hongqi HQ3oo was a variant of the Hongqi HQ3 series, manufactured from 2006 until 2010. The HQ3 was based on the fourth-generation (S180) Toyota Crown Majesta. There were two variants: the HQ300 powered by a 3.0 V6 with 231hp and 300nm, and the HQ430 powered by a 4.3 liter V8 with 280hp and 430nm.The engines were sourced from Toyota.

At the time, the fourth generation Crown Majesta was made in China by the FAW-Toyota joint venture. FAW, First Auto Works, is also the owner of the Hongqi brand. FAW’s reliance on Toyota continues with the Hongqi H7 which is based on the fifth-generation (S200) Toyota Crown Majesta.


The interior was taken over 1:1 from the Crown Majesta, bar only for the badge on the steering wheel. In this particular car the place looked quite all right, albeit a bit dirty, especially on the seats and the doors. Fake wood looks good.


The First Auto Works ‘Winged One’ logo on the wheels.


A three-stripe chrome ornament on the D-pillar.


FAW did design two other variants of the HQ3, a one-off parade car, and an equally one-off limousine. Nothing came of any. The HQ3 sedan is a very rare car in any way. It was not a success. Only a few thousand examples were made, and it remains sadly unloved until today. Except by us, that is.


Loads of chrome around the license plate.


Characters write Zhongguo Yiche, China First Auto.


These characters write Hongqi is Mao’s handwriting.


The HQ300 badge, not matching at all with the other badges.


A future classic..?

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  1. Just a small correction, when you tell fourth and fifth Crown generation you must be refering to Crown Majesta and not to ordinary Crown. Regards.


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