A little bit of info about the more common or unusual cars we have seen in our trip:
As you can see from its air intake back grill and the front fuel-tank, the Skoda 100/110 was a rear-engine with rear-wheel drive car, as a Porsche but a little bit slower (some journalists called it the Eastern Porsche). Its name comes from its 1000 cm3 or 1100 cm3 engine capacity, the difference of power between both version vary in an incredible… 1 hp. This specimen is the «luxury» version, because of its horizontal back grill, unlike the «standard» that was vertical.
Maruti Suzuki 800:
Maruti is an Indian car manufacturer subsidiary of the Japanese Suzuki. In 2012 the company had a market share of 37% of the Indian passenger car wholesale. The 800, that was based on the Suzuki Alto, appeared in 1983, being one of the best selling cars during several years in India and having sold over 2.5 million units. This particular one looks like a middle 80′ version, the engine had 796 cc with 3 cylinders each of them with 2 valves, obtaining 37hp. Still sold in India, Pakistan, south-east Asiatic countries, Chile and Morocco, and It was available in the Balkans between 1988 and 1992.
Geely CK 1.3:
This was the first model of the Chinese manufacturer Geely that has arrived to some European countries. It uses a 1.5 litres Toyota engine with 94hp and a Daewoo design done by a blind employee. It had also some kind of problems with the crash tests, let’s say that is an “easy dying” car.
Dacia Nova L1.6:
This car is the first genuinely Balkan car that has appeared in this list because it comes from the Romanian manufacturer Dacia. The outline started in 1983 but it didn’t emerged onto the market till 1995 having a design slightly outdated but still with five doors, space for five people and four wheels. It has a 1,557 cc engine developing 71hp that was highly consuming due to its two carburetors but the problem was solved when it got replaced by the GTi version that however only improved the engine specs using a Mon-Motronic injection .
The Junior (A112) was made by the Italian manufacturer Autobianchi a Fiat subsidiary branch. It offered 3 different 4 cylinder engines with 903, 965 and 1050 cm³ developing 42, 48, and 70 hp respectively.
Daewoo Tico SL:
This is another car based on the Suzuki alto using its three-cylinder 796 cm³ engine. The Tico was exported to South America and eastern European markets being especially popular in the Balkan countries. It was produced in Romania and Poland. In 1991 a Tico did the Trans-Siberian route during 50 days from Greenwich (England) to Beijing (China) without any dead, so it was a great success.
Honda prelude II:
The Honda Prelude is a two-door coupé derived from the Accord that lasted five generations. This exact unit belongs to the second generation and has a tastelessness owner who decided that painting the blinking lights coverage in black was a good idea. It is still a wanted model because it was quite fast due to his low weight and the interestings 160 hp on the top model.
Nissan Micra I:
To be precise both in the pictures are the restyling of the first generation as we can realize because of the front grill painted in the same color as the bodywork. I have an special affection for that car because it was the first car my mother had. In our case it was the pre-restyling version with a black plastic front grill and If I remember correctly she bought it in 1986 with an automatic gearbox (in Belgium).
They were thinking to call it Hyundai PowerPoint but finally they decided to call it Excel even if it didn’t excel at all. It was a successful car in both American and Australian market because of his quality-price strengths. This car was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro and was the first Hyundai car to be exported to the United States.
The Trabant was one of the most iconic Eastern Bloc cars, it was born as the East Germany in 1957 as a competitor of the Volkswagen Beetle. His name means “Satelite”, a reference to the contemporary Russian satelite “Sputnik”. It had not to much power (23Hp, froma a 2 cylinders engine), very poor extras (no turning indicator lights…) and his bodywork was made in Duroplast (made of recycled materials: cotton waste from the Soviet Union and phenol resins from the East German dye industry). its strengths were the durability, the cargo capacity and facility to repaired. till 1991 they sold 3.7 million Trabants. This special convertible version «Tramp» comes from the military Trabant vehicles. Nowadays this little model has become a trendy car and it’s highly searched by collector especially in green because they are supposed to bring good luck.
Morgan 4/4 1800:
This English cabriolet car has been made from 1936 from our times without many changes, the last restyle was made in 1956. The name 4/4 comes from its 4 wheels and 4 cylinders. I am not sure about the series because of the very small changes, but I guessed that It is the VII because of the three wipers. If I’m wrong I accept new suggestions.
Citroën 2C Charleston:
The 2CV is one of the most iconic cars of the history, about all, because of his appearance but also because it was technologically ahead of its contemporary competitors. It was designed for low cost, simplicity of use and maintenance, versatility, reliability, low fuel consumption and off-road driving. During his 42 years of live, between 1948 and 1990, 3,872,583 or 2CVs were produced or 8,756,688 if you count the different versions and other cars based on it, like the Amy, the Acadiane, the Dyane or the Mehari. This particular is one of the most exclusive of the large 2CV limited series, the Charleston. It was available in two color combinations: “Rouge Delage / Noir” (this one) and “Jaune Helios / Noir”,
Citroën Méhari front:
It’s based on the Citroën Dayane that was in turn based on the 2CV, so we can say that it’s more or less a bold 2CV. It weights only 570 kg so it didn’t need more than 35hp to move nimbly. The Méhari was built from 1968 to 1988 but it don’t have any clue from which year could be this one. If someone can guess it from the pictures it would be great to know.
The Samara was the name given by the Soviet Union manufacturer AvtoVAZ for their model Sputnik in abroad markets. The model had the widely tested base of the Fiat 124 from which they built a hatchback/sedan largely more attractive with the intention of succeed in the European market. Anyway the rest of the car, including the engine, mechanics and the interiors were entirely Russian. This car was not as good as is western European competitors but with a reasonable price for its quality it became quite popular in the former Soviet block countries and even in South America. This exact model is a 1300s from the late 80′, a middle range 1.3 petrol engine with about 71Hp that were enough to move it joyfully due to its low weight. They say that it could reach 150 km/h. One of my favourite things in this car is the design of the deposit cap, smartly concealed close to the rear lights.
Barkas was an Easter German van and minibuses manufacturer. The B1000 had a small three cylinder engine that developed 45 hp,