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Dongfeng CA71

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Dongfeng (東風/东风) CA71. 1958 (prod. 30). 4-door sedan. F/R, 2000 cm³ approx. (I4 OHV). First passenger car built by First Automobile Works of China, with bodyshell and interior apeing Simca Vedette (1954–7) and 70 bhp OHV engine based around a Mercedes-Benz 190 unit and chassis. Self-designed three-speed manual transmission. Laboriously built, as China lacked the facilities, and bodies were not cast but beaten to the right shape. Initially badged with Latin letters before Chinese ones replaced them on the order of the Central Committee. Used for propaganda, and Mao Tse Tung even rode in one around launch time, but faded into obscurity after 30 examples.


Manufacturing location: China

Marque: Dongfeng





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