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Always had a soft spot for Moskys, the early ones with tail fins look utterly cool.

 

Bit more:

 

Dacia 1100

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Mouldy Lada...

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and behind it...

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Very well-kept 1100

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I liked this tatty Audi, pretty rare too I imagine

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Crumbling Dacia 1300

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Wartburg

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Splendid Rekord, Romania used to be full of these a while back but most have been crushed as being just too shite

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Dacia 1307 Double Cabine (that's what they called it - why? make it sound classier and more french?)

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Weird Pug 205 thing

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Beetle and dacia (and cat)

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Lovely Fiat in oh-so-fashionable white

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This early 1300 was a real honey down to the period rear screen demist

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Finally, photo of the day: Insanely crumbly Fiat 850. I've clocked this a fair bit and have older photos too.... how much longer will it cling on to life?

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  • 4 months later...

A bit more from the summer:

 

Rekord

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R18, gloriously shitty

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Pug been in the same place for a while

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This is splendid and obscure

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Bit of scene?

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Authentic ratlook

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This is being restored

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This was an absolute stunner

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Used daily

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So I went to a lcassic car show and it was great fun! Lots of obscure stuff and I got to drive a Fiat 1500 (the burgundy one)...

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ARO m461

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Dacia, dacia

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Absolutely stunning Opel -= love the styling on these

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Group shots

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Had great fun in this Fiat

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1100 in action

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My fave was this Merc

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Fiat, Warsawa

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The Fiat 1100 Coloniale was owned by a charming couple; the wife, having found out that her husband had had it professionally restored, then bought another 1100 of her own and retored it herself to prove a point! Top people!

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Shite was never very far away

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One owner from 1973... loving the factory air con

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Stunning Jag

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Great to imagine this being driven around in Communist Romania. There were of course some great Western cars around as well as dacias, Aros, Skodas, and Trabants... Ceausescu's son had a Fird Sierra.

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So I went to a wedding in February and in between taking part in the traditional festivities and drinking lots of home-made brandy and wine, I found some cars...

 

Nice CX

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Really clean Dacia, 1984 ish

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Fiat 850 still going strong

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General shite buildings

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What is it?

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Logan and sunset

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1979 Dacia

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Rank Merc

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Opel in a bad way

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Derelict Trabi

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Audi 100, getting rare

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Street scene

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Dacia 1320 (1988-1991) - the shitest production Dacia of them all?

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My Volga still going strong...

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Volga, this time of an older generation.

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Very grim indeed - although the town where they're caught is one of the smoarter addresses in Romania!

 

A bit more, including some pretty amazing pre-war stuff...

 

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Petrol queue in 1990. This was almost exclusively dacia, although you can see a Beemer and a Volvo - either belinging to a local bigwig or immediately brought over after the fall of Ceausescu

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Skoda

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I have no idea - Adler perhaps? Or something american?

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Chevrolet I think but again not sure

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Merc 170V

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Crumbling Barkas

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Trio of turd: Opel Olympia, Mercedes with home-made doors and a buggered roof, and a never Merc Ponton with a termina rust issue... Even in Romania things very rarely quite come as bad as this!

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I well remember those Romanian fuel queues, pre-the 'revolution'.As a Westerner- I had to prepay (western currency -ridiculous exchange rate) for fuel coupons -min 20litres. Fine-except that the BMW m/cycle I was touring on (K100rs-still got it!) tank is 20 litres. So each fuel stop meant an overflowing tank all over a hot engine-extinquisher to hand. Not allowed to stop till they had dispensed 20 litres-whatever. Madness. Only 2 minor fires...still bears the scars!..Never had to join those queues though-always got waved straight to the front-cos the bike itself caused a crowd! Strange times.

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  • 4 years later...

Blast from the past!

 

A short trip in March revealed that most of the truly heinous tat has gone in various scrappage waves. Even old Dacias have become unusual - and the ARo, TV and Oltcit models are now rare. Nevertheless, a few highlights:

 

Volvo

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Judging by the plate, an 85 Kadett

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Dacia with identity crisis

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Honey of an 18

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Jacked up Golf

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Very battered Dacia, 1981 vintage

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Seventies Dacias

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Megarare Oltcit pickup

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Early Dacia in very good condition

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This is special - Dacia made in the late 80s for the Party elite. Note the Oltcit headlights.

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Warszawa

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Visa

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Two Dacias and a hot Escort

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Dacia prototype

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Yank stuff

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Orange!

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Step back to 2011 and a quiet fishing town apart from the mainland has about 25 cars. The only way of getting there is by boat (except for a practically inaccessible dirt track) so cars tend to be pretty battered - and when they do break down, abandoned.

 

Carts are often the best way of getting around

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Old Audi

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Baby transport!

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Abandoned 1100

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If you were choosing a car for inhospitable terrain, would it be a CX?

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Or simply a very buggered Dacia?

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Could well be Peter, when I was in Romania a couple of years ago there were shedloads of UKplated cars about, and a significant number of fairly new, UK registered RHD Transit tippers for sale. I won't speculate as to their histories.

 

The driving standards i witnessed are probably best described as "suicidal".

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  • 6 months later...

A more recent trip to Bucharest yielded little of interest. Most interesting older stuff has now gone from the capital - still plenty about in the provinces and the poorer suburbs, though. The older Dacias (of which the white one is a very clean and early example) have now become rare, TVs practically extinct and I barely saw an ARO. The Seventies and Eighties Eurocrud has also by and large been scrapped.

 

What's the grey 70s car? Couldn't get a proper photo owing to the "neighbours"...

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Argh!!!! I love Romania.

 

Hey I heard a thing on the radio a few weeks back about some bloke who has a cafe in Bucharest, he was a sports journalist (i think) during the Ceaucescu days and he used his press pass to 'allow' him to take loads of photos around Bucharest while they were tearing the place down to build the massive palace and other shiz. Seemingly such photos are super rare as it was generally NOT ALLOWED to take photos of folk being made homeless and their homes & other nice old buildings being demolished while they watched, etc. But now he's got all his photos up round the cafe and you can go and check them out and see how it was back in the day. Do you know this place?

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This is not just a jacked up Golf.

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Just about the rarest Mk2 Golf there is it's a Syncro, not produced in that high a volume and designed to be an all-road vehicle.  Probably very well suited to Romania's landscape but it is surprising to see one out in the wild.  The few that do exist now aren't so well known even within the VW scene.  If you were going to buy a premium shite Mk2 Golf, this is the one to buy, because hardly anyone will have a clue what it is, or that it came from the factory like that.

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