13 November 2017

Masinile Bucurestilor, in pozele lui Hedy Loffler / The cars of Bucharest in the photos of Hedy Loffler

In anii 50 pana in anii 70, erau in mare voga carti foto cu diferite aspecte ale Romaniei, fotografiate artistic. Printre ultimele publicate a fost albumul Bucurest (1984), de Hedy Loffler. Fotografa a incercat cat mai posibil sa treaca peste atmosfera funesta a anilor 80. In mare masura a reusit, desi cartea nu s-a vandut in multe exemplare si astazi nu se gaseste foarte des. Masinile surprinse in carte sunt in ton cu timpul - adica foarte multe Dacii 1300, dar si cateva surprize...

From the 1950s till the 1970s, photo books showing artistic images of Romania were very fashionable. One of the last to be published was Bucharest (1984), by Hedy Loffler. She tried hard to overcome the sombre atmosphere of the 1980s, and was at least partially successful, although few copies of the book were sold and today it's quite rare. The cars in the images are of their era - that is, a great deal of Dacia 1300s, but with a few surprises among them too...

Mercedes W114



Opel Kapitan





Masinile turistilor yugoslavi / Yugoslavian tourists' cars

Ford Capri, proprietar strain / Ford Capri owned by a foreign resident

VW Broscuta, proprietar cetatean strain / VW Beetle owned by a foreign resident


Mercedes rent-a-car in ultimul an de folosinta / Mercedes rent-a-car in its last year of use






Simca




Dacia Estafette

Dacia Estafette

Dacia 1301











VW Golf, la Intercontinental




Un Fiat 1100 timpuriu / An early Fiat 1100





29 August 2017

Un Standard la Bucuresti in 1948

Ceva foarte, foarte rar dintr-o perioada aproape uitata. In 1948 inca era ceva viata in Bucuresti, capitala se reconstruia, se importau masini din occident, veneau straini, opera, teatrul si restaurantele erau, poate nu stralucite dar cel putin pline. UIn mai putin de un an, totul urma sa se schimbe,...

Anglocar a fost un dealer de masini englezesti care, printre altele, a adus Jaguarele casei regale in tara. Ernest Dawyl, proprietarul firmei, a avut o viata fascinanta. In 1949 a fost acuzat de spionaj, arestat, proprietatile confiscate; iar dupa o perioada lunga de puscarie, a fost eliberat in 1958, cand a plecat catre Londra. Deci nu numai o imagine rara, ci una trista...

De remarcat placutele diplomatice specifice perioadei. 
Something very rare from an almost forgotten period. In 1948, Bucharest was rebuilding itself and trying to restore something of the fun of pre-war life; cars were being imported; foreigners were visiting; the theatre, opera and restaurants were full if not sparkling. All of which would change in less than a year...

Anglocar was a dealer of English cars which, among others, bought the royal family's Jaguars to Romania. Ernest Dawyl, the owner, had a fascinating life. In 1949 he was arrested on counts of espionage, his property confiscated, and imprisoned. Released in 1958, he returned to the UK. So not only a rare photo, but rather a sad one...

Note the diplomatic plates specific to the period.

24 March 2017

Plinata Comturist, 1983 / Comturist dollar shop brochure, 1983

Ceva inedit: o plianta Comturist din 1983, aratand ce se putea cumpara pe valuta. Clintela ar fi fost extrem de limitata insa era mai mult vorba de straini locuind in Romania (unii chiar cumparau Dacii in anii 80). Contine imagini rarisime cu prototipul Dacia Sport, prototipul Dacia 1420, si prima generatie de ARO 24.

Referitor la preturi,  aflam ca "la 19 mai 1989, Nicolae Ceauşescu a aprobat o ajustare a preţurilor de vânzare a autoturismelor româneşti în străinătate. Liderul P.C.R. a primit, în acest sens, de la Ministerul Industriei Constructoare de Maşini, un raport cu următoarele propuneri de preţ: „Dacia 1310” şi „Dacia 1410” – 2.600 de dolari; „Dacia 1320” – 3.150 de dolari; „Dacia” break – 2.800 de dolari; „Dacia” camionetă – 2.875 de dolari; „Oltcit” – 2.700 de dolari; „Aro 10” – 3.825 de dolari; „Aro 24” Diesel – 5.000 de dolari; „Aro 24” cu motor tip Otto – 4.300 de dolari; colecţie CKD „Dacia” – 2.450 de dolari; colecţie CKD „Aro” – 2.900 de dolari". Desi Oltcitul la 4,000 dolari in 1983 pare foarte ridicat, valoarea dolarului se schimbase foarte mult intre timp.

Something not seen before: a Comtourist dollar shop brochure from 1983, showing what Western currency could buy you. The clientele would have been very limited, but was largely foreign nationals living in Romania (some of whom did indeed buy Dacias in the 1980s). It contains very rare images of the prototype Dacia Sport, the prototype Dacia 1420, and the first series of ARO 24.








3 January 2017

TIB 1981

O imagine fantastica: TIB 1981.

Vedem: Oltcituri din prima serie, plus o intreaga gama de Dacii, inclusiv cateva modele inedite: Dacia 1610 Break cu 80 CP, Dacia 1410 in doua variante, una pentru taximetrie, cealalta cu cinci trepte, si - pentru prima oara - Dacia 1304 pick-up. Ultima dezvaluie misterul unei Dacii 1304 din 1981 descoperita recent in judetul Timis: da, e autentica, deci inseamna ca chiar se constriau in acel an, cu un an mai devreme decat spuneau cartile... Si asa, mai dezvaluim o bucatica de istorie...

Foto via Andrei Birsan
A fantastic image: Bucharest's International Trade Fair, 1981.

On show are some of the very first Oltcits, plus a whole line up of Dacias, including some very special ones: the Dacia 1610 estate, with 80 bhp; the Dacia 1410 in two variants, one designed for taxi use, the other with a 5-speed gearbox; and - for the first time - the brand new 1304 pick-up. That clears up the mystery of a genuine 1981 1304 discovered recently in the west of Romania: yes, they were making them in 1981, at least a year earlier than the history books say. So, through pictures, we uncover a bit more history...

Photograph via Andrei Birsan