The fascinating History of Cars in China

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China Car History: The Hongqi CA72 E1 Prototype

November 13, 2017 by Joey Wang

Hongqi CA72 E1

Today we take a good look at the beginning of the development of the Hongqi CA72 state limousine. The CA72 was the very first Hongqi-branded car, 198 examples were made from 1959 until 1965. The development of the CA72 started in early 1958, and Hongqi build five prototypes in about a year.

The prototypes were numbered 1E, 2E, 3E, 4E, and 5E. This post is about 1E, featuring a design that was so wild one could almost call it a concept car.

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New Website About The Old And Great: ChinaCarHistory.com

October 31, 2017 by Tycho de Feijter

ChinaCarHistory.com

Hello Readers,

we have launched a new website: ChinaCarHistory.com. The site is about the history of cars in China, telling about Chinese cars, joint venture cars, and rare imported cars. Our timeline starts in 1925, when the very first vehicles were assembled in China, and ends in 2009, when China became the largest vehicle market in the world.

The main historians are: Sam Faulkner, Navigator84, and me, but we hope to welcome more writers in the future. If you have anything to share, old photos, books, or brochures, please let us know.

All the articles on the ChinaCarHistory.com are new, but I will copy-paste the entire history-category of this website to new one, eventually. For now, please enjoy our latest about the Jiefang CA5020XJH and the Buick GL8.

Car on the photo is an early Hongqi CA72 prototype, I am working on an article about it, to be published very soon.

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The History Of Yefeng Electric Cars; A Pioneering Car Maker From China

May 4, 2017 by Tycho de Feijter

The History Of Yefeng Electric Cars; A Pioneering Car Maker From China

Today in China Car History the Yefeng YF-HEV, a streamlined hybrid electric vehicle developed in 1994 by Ye Wengui, a self-made engineer and electric car pioneer then based in Wenzhou City, Zhejiang Province. The YF-HEV was the absolute pinnacle of his company, Yefeng Electric Cars.

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Spotted In China: Brilliance Junjie Wagon In Silver

May 3, 2017 by Tycho de Feijter

Brilliance BS4 Wagon

A sweet silver Brilliance Junjie Wagon, Spotted in China in the great city of Jinan in Shandong Province. The brilliant Brilliance was in pretty fine shape but in need of a good cleanup. It is totally original bar for the wind deflectors on the doors.

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Spotted in China: U13 Nissan Fengshen Bluebird EQ7200 SSS

May 2, 2017 by Tycho de Feijter

Spotted in China: U13 Nissan Fengshen Bluebird EQ7200 SSS

A dusty Nissan Fengshen Bluebird EQ7200 SSS, Spotted in China in the great city of Jinan in Shandong Province. The old ‘Bird was clearly neglected but it didn’t seem to be abandoned. It was just very dirty and it had some not-too serious damage on the front fender.

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Spotted In China: Tianjin Xiali TJ7100U

January 28, 2017 by Tycho de Feijter

Spotted In China: Tianjin Xiali TJ7100U

Here we have a very beautiful Tianjin Xiali TJ7100U sedan, painted in green and looking ultra clean, Spotted in China in the far west of the capital. It is very rare to find a Xiali in such a good shape in Beijing, most have been crushed ages ago and the ones that are left alive are usually more wreck than car. Not this one though!

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Spotted In China: Zhongtong-Bova Futura LCK6130 Bus

January 9, 2017 by Tycho de Feijter

Spotted In China: Zhongtong-Bova Futura LCK6130 Bus

A beautiful dark blue Bova Futura bus, Spotted in China on a parking lot near a residential area in Dongba in the far far east of Beijing. The good and giant Bova was a bit bruised here and there but otherwise in a great shape.

The Bova Futura was a futuristic looking bus developed and built by the famous Dutch bus builder Bova, now part of the VDL Group. The Futura debuted in 1982 and it looked like a spaceship compared to other buses at the time.

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Spotted In China: Qinchuan Q7081BD Flyer On White License Plates

December 28, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter

Spotted In China: Qinchuan Q7081BD Flyer On White License Plates

Today in China Car History and Spotted in China a very special little car. This is the great Qinchuan Q7081BD Flyer, seen near a car market in west Beijing, painted in silver with the factory original five-spoke alloys. The bonnet and bumper were damaged but it was otherwise in a good shape.

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Old Photos Of The Completely Crazy Jianhua JH6620 24V3000 Wedding Car

December 27, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter

Old Photos Of The Completely Crazy Jianhua JH6620 24V3000 Wedding Car

Two long years ago I met two Jianhua JH6620 24V3000’s in Beijing, and today we have received a flock of period photos of the things. The Jianhua was an absurdly crazy so-called ‘classic wedding car‘, featuring an endless bonnet, a huge grille and shiny bumpers, gold mirrors the size of a plate, and spare wheels fitted into the sides!

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The Story Of Sanxing Part 1: History & Background

December 15, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter

The Story Of Sanxing Part 1: History & Background

Sanxing Mitsubishi Pajero V6 (V31).

Today in China Car History the first part of the Story of Sanxing, about an almost forgotten company that made a crazy selection of cars, including the Dodge Caravan, the Mitsubishi Pajero, the Mercedes-Benz MB100, and a range of Daihatsu-based trucks.

Sanxing Auto was based in the great city of Zhanjiang in Guangdong Province. They were the Big Thing for a while, visited by big wits from China and abroad. But then it all went wrong due to politics and rivalries between Guangdong and Beijing. Their cars are virtually unknown today, descending into anonymity. This series of articles will bring them back.

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