Polish car park

Polish car park

I didn’t have this pic when I posted the article About Polish Cars – in fact, Andrew just posted it today.

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It’s taken in Warsaw in – believe it or not – the 1970s.

The beetle-back cars are FSO Warsawas built from 1951 to 1973.

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In all that time, there were very few re-designs – the first was a modification to the front end, with a slimmed-down grill and a “panoramic” windscreen.

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Then came the fairly short-lived model 201 in 1961, which kept the front end but lost the beetle back. Finally, from 1964 to 1973 the model 223/224.

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Alongside the saloons, FSO built a pick-up, panel van and estate car.

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The car also saw some parts used in other models

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The FSC Zuk

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The UDF Nysa

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And the FSR Tarpan

There was even series production of the rail version, used for track inspections in Poland, Czechoslovakia and Bulgaria.

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 Is it just me, or does this remind you of Bangle BMW boot lids?

 The car was killed off by that Polish beauty, the FSO 125. That was supposed to be an improvement!

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RIP, old boy, RIP!

PS – inevitably, the Warsawa was based on someone else’s car … in this case, the GAZ-M20 “Pobeda” … which was, shall we say, “inspired by” US models on sale before its production?

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