Chinesische Kleinwagen gibt es gar nicht – weit gefehlt. Schon in den 60-iger Jahren gab es erste Versuche, den chinesischen Markt mit kleinen, erschwinglichen Fahrzeugen zu versogen.

Leap 250ccm - 1958

Leap 250cc 1958

The first trial productions of this Chinese taxicab took place in 1958.
The microcar appears to be of questionable quality. In particular, steering and suspension systems caused serious problems.
Learned from the catastrophic Leap, a new model – the Haiyan – was introduced (see previous pic)
In 1958-1959 a total of 90 Leaps and Haiyans were built.

Haiyan 400ccm - 1959

Haiyan 400cc 1959

Chinese 2-cylinder microcar built by Shanghai Bus Repair Corp. Shown at the 1959 National Exhibition of Industry and Communications in Beijing. The car was developed as alternative for the pedicabs. In the years 1958 and 1959 a total of 90 Leaps and Haiyans were built.
Haiyan (海燕) is the Chinese word for ’seagull‘.

 

Haiyan SW-710 298cc 1970

Haiyan SW-710 298cc 1970

A Chinese attemp to build a basic Fiat clone against the lowest cost.
The enigine was based on German technology. The result was very poor. Max speed was 60 km/h.
This vehicle was intended as a taxi in urban areas. Only 100 copies were built.
Haiyan (海燕) is the Chinese word for ’seagull‘.

Foto und Text stammen aus dem Flickr-Photostream von Mr.Scharoo – http://www.flickr.com/photos/mrscharroo/

 

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