The design of cars during the Cultural Revolution.

Shanghai SH763, 1966

You would not expect this but the mass movement periods in China were very creative for the development of the car industry. I already described the birth of many protypes during the Great Leap Forward period 1958-1961. The styling in that period was much influenced by contemporary American styling.

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Spotted In China: Hongqi Yunhe CA5020 XBYA Stretched Wagon Hearse

Hongqi Yunhe CA5020 XBYA

On a beautiful cold autumn day in Beijing I met this great and giant Hongqi Yunhe CA5020 XYBA. Sadly it seemed the poor vehicle had been abandoned, dumped to turn into dust like the corpses she used to carry.

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Chinese Car Brands That Time Forgot: Hunan Provincial Automobile Factory – Xiangjiang

Xiangjiang
Photo by Erik van Ingen Schenau

Today in Chinese Car Brands That Time Forgot (CCBTTF): Xiangjiang, a small but very special brand that made a series of station wagons and pickup trucks in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s.

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Development of cars during the Great Leap Forward.

This article gives an overview of the more unknown products developed in the period 1958-1961. Styling was strongly influenced by contemporary American styling. Continue reading “Development of cars during the Great Leap Forward.”