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Yup - forst two letters are area code, except for Bucharest which is B. There's still a (very few) cars around with the old-style plates.

 

So:

Shonky Dacia 1304 pick-up, 1992

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New but shit

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Super-rare and mouldy early Dacia 1310 estate - only one I've seen in Romania although the later type, with the thicker rims round the headlamps, is very normal.

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Government cars old and new

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Battered Dacia

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Metro - Brit tat is very thin on the ground in Romania

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Jap crap, love the leaf litter

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Dacia 1309, made from an estate and crafty use of a saw - amazingly this is factory-made.

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Forgotten what this is, but it's Jap - Mazda?

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Come to holiday on beautiful Black Sea Coast

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Awful Alfa

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Dacia - shite. Add to that general condition - very shite. Add to that that it's a mega-rare factory prototype - king of shite surely? (NB if this were in Britain, it'd be on a M reg....)

This is so truly bad it deserved many, many photos, which is what I took...

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Double GM whammy

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I really liked this Lancia

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That blue Jap thing again, it says on the back what it is but I can't be bovvered

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Yank Escort, as shite goes this is creamy indeed

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Mk II Passat, very badly painted

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Barkas with a special body

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Terrible 5-series

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Dacia Sport

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Sorely tempted to buy this - 200 quid...

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Crumbly Renault

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Golf 4x4 bullshit thingy

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General group of shite cars and houses - what a lovely country...

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More on the way!

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The Dacia prototype is fantastic, only can only wonder why it didn't make it into production... sadly it doesn't look as if it will be saved for posterity :(Wonderful selection of shite as usual, Adrian.

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A bit more...

 

Dacia 1310 Break, around 1992

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No idea what this is (Jap) but it looked absurdly cool

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I loved this down to the white wall tyres...

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This was truly horrific...

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But, in the background, you can just about see...

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What must be some sort of a holy grail. Everything about this car is perfect. I want.

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Trio of not-very-nice things

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That glorious Dacia 1309 again

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Ascona.

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I wonder what the French would make of this... Dacia 1320, made from 1987 to 1990

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VERY cool

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Tidy Audi, quite rare too in this version I'd imagine

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Bizarre advertising for a car wash...

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Finally, this gloriously bad early Sierra.

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And there's more ...

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MOre Tagora

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Dacias from 73 and 75

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That amazing burgundy one, reloaded

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More disastrous Dacia tat

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'Orrible R4 van

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Nice Merc

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Another Dacia 1309; all these weird variations still fascinate me

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Everyday scenes in the suburbs of Bucharest

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Epitome of local shite

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Stunning Lada, nice to see this in use

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TV pick-up seen from the train

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Crap shot of a Wartburg on the motorway

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I'd have second thoughts about whether I'd really want to be rushed to hospital in this

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Japcrap

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Trio of shit - 2 Renaults 1 VW

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Beetle, 500 Euro. But a wreck - rat look without even trying

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This one was a lot nicer and was recently sold for double

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Lateish Wartburg in gloriously tatty condition

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Another TV - or possibly Rocar, as it was known after 1990

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Barkas

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Very nice Dacia 1300, c. 1974, with wheels off the 1301 model, made only for Communist Party officials and only in black or (very rarely) white

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Trabi

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Another immaculately kept and very early Dacia 1300

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Two very, very special cars now: One of Ceausescu's old Mercs still doing loyal service. This was made to order for Zoe, his daughter

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Stunning Mercedes 170V, it was in daily use until recently and since then was very lightly reconditioned to give this beauty.

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Dead Skoda

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VW and surprised punter

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Anotehr daily driver

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Not a Dacia 2000, sadly, but still a reasonably rare Renault 20. 2000s are far rarer...

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In between all the nouveau riche bollox, a 2-door Taunus - a rare sight these days

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Tatty Bus

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Finally, the old and the new in Romania. Sadly everyone seems to be throwing away the old, characterful, often very trusty and reliable older cars for brand new and rather bland cars. Probably a good thing practically speaking - some are dangerous wrecks - but still a great shame in my eyes.

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These are spots of truly Biblical greatness. The R12 is one of my favourite cars, and to see them in forms that Renault had never dared imagine delights me all the more :D Keep them coming before they all disappear.You must surely also be the only A-s membe to have spotted 2 separate Tagoras!

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I can give adress and details of the Tagora, it's parked outside a block of flats however so could be a lot of people's. Also, it's the same car as the one I posted on the first page... I did see another one, white, in mint condition, last year, but as I photoed it several security guards rushed out and made me delete the picture - apparently it was outside an embassy and I looked like the typical British spy. Next time I went there it had gone...Don't worry, there's a fair few more to come! But untul then, www.rabla.info is an amazing place to visit - some serious shite there, rotting away on the streets of Bucharest

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Good dedication! I did toy with the idea of trying to explain to him the rarity and interestingness of a mint white Tagora, but decided agasint it at the last moment.

 

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Gloriously tired Merc:

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Next to this Dacia...

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...was this R18

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Spot the multitude of shite

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Nice Renault

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This is pretty top trums - not a Merc but an Iran-built Irannational. In the 70s the Romanian Tourism Office imprted lots of their licence-built Merc coaches and minibuses, none of this type though.

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Yet more shots of the GAX 69 which still tools around

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Nice Mazda

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Granny estate was a stunner

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Newish Volga on Kishinev plates, as a fellow owenr I was exceptionally pleased to see this (while preferring my far earlier one)

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A very nice and very tired Mosky still going strong. This demanded lots of photos:

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Decent Audi 80. Until recently Romania was full of these and even now there's some used as taxis:

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Finally, a pleasing duet of absolute shite:

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Yup, there's a pic of it earlier on. Cheers to those who like the pictures btw!

 

More cack:

 

Dacia - but with headlamps of something different - an Oltcit (Later they made their own version which was a lot squarer, there's one a few pics down). This was quite fashionable in the late 80s with Communist Oartty members trying to prove they had a "different" Dacia from everybody else...

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Pick-up, circa 1993, with retro-fitted headlamps from the 70s. Why whould you do this?

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Dacia Sport with a bigger boot welded on. Again, silly, frankly.

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Land Rover-Fiat bastard son?

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King Cab, Romanian style. They were making these till 2000....

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Buses, Romanian style...

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Nice trio of shit

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This Merc, however, was fabulous - good private plate, too

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ALFA!!!!!!! Almost my spot of the day

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TV ambulance, c. 1980

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Incredibly well-kept Trabant, old giffer lokes to drive round evry day in this

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Wartburg Tourist

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Excellent Honda, a real beaut in this condition - nice quad lights too

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And my spot of the day. 1964ish Opel Rekord Olympia. There is so much so right on this, from the faded 2-tone paint, to the missing hubcaps, to the building behind it, to the wonky numberplate, to the unoriginal rear lights (off later Rekord).... I lked this a lot.

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