Chinese Car Brands That Time Forgot: Shijiazhuang Automobile Works – Zhengtian

Shijiazhuang Automobile Works
Photo by Erik van Ingen Schenau

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

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Jeep identified after 37 years: the Wuqi products from the Beijing PLA 3401 Factory.

In 1980 the Englishman Oliver Barnham travelled through China and took pictures of every local made vehicle he could find. He took pictures of a BJ212-style jeep in Chonqging and Shanghai.
Both cars had military plates.

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The BAW Leichi Is A Chinese Variant Of The Jeep Cherokee XJ

BAW Leichi

This is the BAW Leichi, a Chinese variant of the Jeep Cherokee XJ, looking beautiful in black in what seems to be a holiday village. And check those front fenders! What was the Leichi, and how did she come to exist..?

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The Shuanghuan SHZJ213 Is Not A Jeep Cherokee XJ But Not Totally Not

Shuanghuan SHZJ213

This fine Chinese vehicle is a Shuanghuan SHJZH213. It looks a lot like a Jeep Cherokee XJ but it is not. It is however not totally-not a Jeep Cherokee XJ. Here is why:

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The Beijing Auto Works Dongfanghong BJ760 Is A Beautiful Chinese-Russian Sedan

Dongfanghong BJ760

This little red and white beauty is the Beijing Auto Works (BAW) Dongfanghong BJ760, a mid-size sedan launched in 1960 and manufactured until 1966. I met this BJ760 at the Beijing Classic Car Museum to the far north of the Chinese capital.

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