This Romanian Car Collection Will Make You Fall in Love With Communist Cars...
See how a summer's evening meal at a restaurant turned into a great car spotting session...
If you have been following my articles and posts throughout the last year, you may know that I spent around 10 weeks in Romania from last June to early September. I mainly took this time to see family and friends, laze around on the Black Sea's beaches and roam the streets of Romania's capital- Bucharest. However, this long holiday also provided a perfect opportunity to spot some cars that I might not see so much in London. Now most of these spots I posted in my 'spotted' series during and after my stay in Romania (there were so many spots that I have only just about finished posting them all now), but this Communist car collection I have saved for an article as I thought they were so unique and special.
Before I jump into the models that this car collection contained, I will explain how the evening started, as car spotting was definitely not the reason for the outing. It was a blissful August evening in Bucharest, Romania when we decided to take a trip to the outskirts of the city of 1.8 million people to dine at one of the most famous restaurants in the area. Upon arrival, we were greeted with an amazing sunset and a fabulous view over the lake. This is itself was pretty exciting to see, but what got my heart racing was the fact that there were two barns full of Communist cars, all belonging to the owner, sitting outside the restaurant. So, without further ado, let's get into this Romanian Communist car collection:
The first car in the collection is the Dacia 1100. This car was produced from 1968-1972, with a minor facelift being introduced in 1970. The Dacia 1100 was based off of the Renault 12.
A fairly small amount of 1100's were produced during this time- around 37,000 models.
This was Dacia's first production car and was a massive step in the Romanian automotive sector.
This one took me a while to decipher, as I didn't even know about the former brand- Moskvitch. This was a Russian/Soviet brand that formed in 1929 and had fully dissolved by 2010. This model is a Moskvitch 412 and was produced from 1967-1975
This is probably the best known car in this collection- the Mercedes Benz w123! This one was registered in the county of Arges, Romania, hence the 'AG' on the number plate. The location of this collection was in Ilfov county (suburbs of Bucharest).
This is a Lada VAZ-2101, the first Lada ever produced. It was sold from 1970-1988 and was powered by either 1.2, 1.3 or 1.5 litre petrol engines. This car was also registered in the county of Arges.
Next up, we have an ARO 24, which has been converted for military use. This vehicle is still in its' home county- Ilfov- because of the 'IF' at the beginning of the number plate. This model was produced from 1972-2004- for 32 years!
Here we have another Moskvitch! This one is a 2140 model and was produced from 1976-1988. What's interesting about this model is that there is a 'Romanian Automotive Club 1998' on the front grille. This car was registered in the county of Buzau.
Last, but certainly not least is the all-famous Lada Riva! I also spotted a few Lada Niva's during my stay (one of which I posted in a separate 'spotted' article). Yet again, this car was probably built in Arges. It's in really lovely condition!
To round up this article, this is one of the most interesting and different car collections I have ever experienced, maybe even more exciting than the Tiriac Collection!? Romania might not have as many supercars and luxury cars as the UK. but it holds some fascinating ones!