Japanese car styling at the end of the Cultural Revolution.

Officially the Cultural Revolution ended in 1976 with the death of Zhou Enlai and Mao Zedong. But in the last years before the end there was already a turnaround in car styling. Forgotten were the heavy ‘no-nonsense’ Cultural Revolution bodies. Suddenly there was a look direction east and the new designs were strongly influenced by the lighter Japanese car styling of that era.

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Chinese Car Brands That Time Forgot: Binzhou Pride

Binzhou Pride

Today in Chinese Car Brands That Time Forgot: (CCBTTF): Binzhou Pride Automobile, a company based in the great city of Binzhou in Shandong Province. They only lived 2006 until 2008 but they made quite an impact, thanks to a surprisingly crazy and creative design.

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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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