Japanese trucks made in China before and during the Second Chinese-Japanese war.

When Japan invaded China it needed the shortest supply lines, and it was for that reason that the Japanese regime encouraged truck assembly at several places in China. These factories assembled Japanese trucks for military and also for civilian use.

Toyota production by Beizhi. Brochure  collection mr. Bai Guang.

So after describing the American influenced Minsheng (Zhongshan) and the assembly of the German  Mercedes, I will write here about the third country involved in the 1930s-1940s Chinese truck production.

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The long wheelbase Beijing limousine

This is a difficult subject. With my friend Robert Jablonski I have a heavy discussion about the existence of a  long wheelbase version of the 1958 Beijing Limousine (first generation).

Two side windows or three side windows? Beijing Limousine, 1958.

I have written before about this car.

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Yulon involved in the ‘Mainland’ China Car History.

Yulon (Yue Loong) Motor of Taiwan was founded in 1949. It started automobile manufacturing in 1953. In 1956 it made its first jeep. In 1960 the first motorcar, the YLN-701 (a licensed Datsun Bluebird 210) was introduced.

Yulon YLN701, Free China Review 1960/6, photo mobile01.com

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Jeeps made after the production start of the Beijing BJ212.

Liaoning LN210, photo Oliver Barnham, Nanjing December 1979.

It is amazing to see how many small factories and workshops have developed cross-country vehicles in the 1950 and 1960s. I wrote already about them: “Jeeps made before the production of the BJ212.”
But it stopped not after the introduction of the BJ212. That was in 1966, at the beginning of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution.
I will show you here some of the more exotic cross country vehicles made during and just after the Cultural Revolution.

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The Andong car.

This is the history of the Dandong Auto Works.

Andong copy of the Dongfeng CA71.

The Andong Automobile Refit Works had the guts to make a copy of one of China’s most important cars: the Dongfeng CA71 made by the First Auto Works. It was chairman Mao Zedong himself who had ordered the design and production of the Dongfeng and Mao personally sat in the backseat of the first car on  May 21, 1958.

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Chinese Car Brands That Time Forgot: Yemingzhu

Yemingzhu YMZ 5010X
Yemingzhu YMZ 5010X in Chengdu, by Erik Ingen van Schenau.

Today in Chinese Car Brands That Time Forgot (CCBTTF): Yemingzhu, a brand owned by Chendu Tiuanju Automobile, a company based in the great city of Chengdu in Sichuan Province in China. In the late 1980’s and 1990’s they made some interesting cars.

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The Mystery car from Nanjing.

Our research is most often a success, this is a story of a failure. Till today I am unable to solve the problem I am going to describe here.

I showed you some time ago the products exhibition in 1959 of the Nanjing Auto Works. I wrote about the two cars present: a clear copy of the Russian GAZ M20 Pobeda and an American style sedan.

1959 Nanjing products exhbition.

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The Chinese Mercedes S-Klasse

During the late 1970s Shanghai Auto Works worked in two directions: developing a successor for its SH760/SH760A saloon and filling in the gap between the Shanghai saloon and the Hongqi limousine.
We have seen already the bigger models (SH762/SH763) developed during the Cultural Revolution.

Shanghai SH771, factory photo. (08-12049).

This story is about  the Shanghai SH771, according my opinion a wonderful project which flirted with the Mercedes Benz W116 S-Klasse (1972-1980). Continue reading “The Chinese Mercedes S-Klasse”