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Obscure, weird, and random cars living and dying in Poland

Kamil Kaluski February 5, 2014 Eastern European Cars, Featured 65 Comments

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The posts that discuss various crappy, old, interesting, rare, and obscure cars found by the readers of Zlomnik.pl are usually divided into their countries of origin, just keep things interesting and/or informative. Over the years of looking at all those pictures I found many that simply do not belong anywhere; they’re weird, mixed, just different, or I simply do not know what they are.

Today we will look at those other vehicles. I wish I knew their stories; how they got there, what the buyers and the sellers were thinking, and where the hell you get the parts for some of them. There are also a few candid pictures and stories in here of what life in Poland is probably like (I’ve lived in the U.S. for almost thirty years, so I sure as hell don’t know what’s it like). Grab a beverage, this post is a little lengthy.

Related: West German cars, East German Cars, Japanese cars, Italian cars, ‘Murican Cars, French Cars – all living and dying in Poland.

[Source: Zlomnik.com | All pictures were taken by the readers of that awesome website]


Bremach. I think it’s German and I think someone wants to market/manufacture them in the U.S.


Looks like a Lada behind that motorcycle, and a Fiat 126p, a.k.a. Maluch, which loosely translated means Munchkin. Interesting license plate.


I don’t know what the first two are. Behind that are FSO Syrenas and Warszawas. More on those in the future.


I would totally spend a night at the Diamond Hotel.


It’s a big old Hyundai. Imparted just be different, as I don’t see another reason for it.


I think this is 1990’s Polish Lublin truck, a replacement for Zuk, which it never really replaced. The factory, FSC (Fabryka Samochodów Ciężarowych) [Cargo Vehicle Factory, loosely translated] switched hands several times in the 1990’s, which had a direct impact on its vehicles.


This looks like a replica of a very iconic Ford Sierra RS Cosworth rally car driven by a Polish driver Marian Bublewicz.


Tak, this is a good place to repaint the rusted hatch. Helena! Give me the gazeta, it’s only propaganda anyway!


FSO Tarpan, a “farmer’s vehicle”. More on that later. Here we see a homemade extended version. I think this “fabricator” practically doubled the bed length, maybe wheelbase, too. It must drive well.


Random Citroen next to a random Volvo. I wasn’t sure if I should have put this with the French or Swedish cars.


I am not sure what the dying vehicle here is but the sink looks almost fitting.


Maluch tuning by Grzegorz i Marcin… possibly after consuming some serious piwo with their bigos.


I know what this is, I know what this is…

I don’t know what this is. Pinzgauer? Something’s off…

Hyundai Dynasty

I guess there is more than just one idiot that imported these.


Looks Japanese but could be a knock-off, not sure.


Fast. Faster. Fastest. Still slow.


It’s heading to Hooniverse HQ, our new fleet.


Its final resting place.


Pinzgauer! I think. I’ll take two.


Fresh Sunday!

Probably not so fresh Monday.


Tuning, inspired by Country Squire.


Preservation of the species.


Anyone know what this is?


Robur bus, with a top half of something on this. I’m pretty sure that I once built something very similar out of Legos.


Skoda Octavia?


Seat? I think? They used to make copies of Fiats before they started making copies of Volkswagens.


Just a little Daihatsu van… wait… what?

Yo, I heard you like vans…


Wuling Hongguang. Yes, that’s what it’s called, a fine Chinese vehicle. Some genius thought that importing this to Poland makes more sense than buying a new C-MAX. I guess some people really miss the quality vehicles made under a communist regime.


Pre-war buildings, post war German cars. Looks kind of scary, but it looks likes they’re trying to refurbish something on the left.

There are many buildings like that all over Polish cities. Slowly, they’re getting redone, but to my totally ignorant observation, cities in Poland tend to expend, with new housing being build on old farm lands because no one wants to live in these old buildings. I see them going up in value one day, however, as their location will become an asset to those who get sick of commuting in an underdevelopment road infrastructure. See: Paris.


Modern Asian, but what, I don’t know.


Thirty years ago anyone would have been proud to own these fine automobiles. Twenty years ago they were left unwanted.


Maluch part sales and repairs – talk about a niche clientele.


Conti and an Audi V8. Question is, which died first?

Are those buildings made out of shipping containers?


How random.


Our Maluch provided plenty of space and power, we just wanted something more modern

No idea what this is but it makes the Smart Car look smart.


I want to know how they got it in there. (TWSS!)


UMM, I  know what this is.


More randomness…


A connoisseur or a bunch of like-minded individuals living in one building?

Regarding these cars and their locations: Sometime ago someone in comments mentioned that Poland looks gray, dark, rainy, or something like that. Please keep in mind that a lot of these cars reside in lower income level areas. Go to the crappy section of your town and it too will be dark, gray, and dull. There are a lot more nice areas in Poland than there are crappy ones. I hope.


See first picture.


The truck is an old Polish Star, I think. This looks very safe and secure. And how the eff did they get it up there?

Funny, in U.S. this would require a heavy truck with a lowboy trailer – in Poland, something smaller than an F-150 with a flatbed.


I never understood American pickup trucks, mostly because my kid eyes were exposed to much smaller, but seemly much more functional vehicles such as this Mercedes. Flatbeds offer a bigger loading area and access from three sides, yet only the heavy duty workers utilize them – why?

Oh, that’s right, because pickups are used as commuter cars now.


Early Fiats did not have a heated rear windows. Thankfully there was after-market.

I am sure that the drain on the alternator did not cause any issues with other electrical components, such as headlights.



Question – do you like these series?

Any feedback in the comments section is appreciated.


Ok, I know this one – Polish Melex. I remember them being more golf-kart-y.


Top secret Polish supercar. Is it Vette beased?



205 or Daihatsu?






Dacia or Renault based, possibly not in Poland










Unimog!? But what hell is that weird thing?



  • Sjalabais

    Nice, IMHO this is the most entertaining post in this series so far. I have to come back to do some more studying, but the quasi-Pinzgauer above is a Volvo "Felt" with many other names, like L3314N. They build a gazillion of them, they do as old Volvos do, and are the cheapest way to go offroad in Scandinavia.

    Now buy one! =8^)

    • Buy one, doubtful but I'll get to drive this soon: http://hooniverse.com/2013/11/21/blipshift-takes-

      • Sjalabais

        Looking forward to read about that! A neighbour of mine drives a military G and he says the Felt has a too high center of gravity to do serious offroading. It also has a rather small engine…but the transmission is said to be capable. The C303 is kind of the "grown up Felt".

        The glasshouse on top of the Robur belongs to a Barkas B1000. And the modern Asian SUV is some kind of Ssangyong.

  • tonyola

    Fourth down in the "unidentified" section is a 1965 Plymouth Valiant, a once-very-popular US compact. Three below that is a mid-1960s large-ish Simca – probably a 1500. The blue two-door wagon with grafitti is an Opel Rekord from the early 1960s.

    As for whether I like the series, a definite yes on my part. Keep 'em coming!

  • CalculatedRisk

    Pretty sure the last photo is a Velorex, not a Messerschmitt. My dad brought one back from Czech Republic along with a Fiat 500 and 600 a decade ago. Cool little car. Has a Jawa (i think) 350 cc bike engine with canvas or leather over a steel tube frame.
    <img src="http://oldcarjunkie.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/1968-velorex-16-350-2.jpg&quot; width="600">

    • CalculatedRisk

      Oh, definitely like the series too. Cool to see cars I never knew existed.

    • Mike England

      Is the Jawa there as a navigator, mechanic, driver, bodyguard, or what?

    • CherokeeOwner

      I believe this was featured on Top Gear's Communist Cars film. IIRC, Clarkson said of it, "I think it looks like somebody crashed a motorcycle into the back of a cow."

      However, this one you're showing looks really good. Classy.

  • Manic_King

    3rd photo, 2. car: Moskvitch 401
    White Japanese minivan: Suzuki Carry sold as Vauxhall Rascal in UK
    SEAT Malaga
    SsangYong SUV, recent model
    Connoisseur has nearly all remaining OKA (VAZ 1111) cars in Poland in his collection
    Brown coupe is Peugeot something?
    Silver American RV
    Opel Kadett which became Moskwich 401 when soviets took factory
    Gray micro- SUV is LuAZ, has 30 hp ZAZ engine

    • Manic_King

      Green wagon, 3rd from the bottom: Škoda 1202

    • OA5599

      I think it's not an RV but an armored vehicle for transporting valuables. The windshield is uncurved, probably because the bullet=resistant ones come in flat sheets, and the side door has no outside hardware, because the idea is to make it difficult for an outsider to get into.

      • Manic_King

        By RV I meant this one, isn't that one of these GM or BMW based things Longrooffan has shown us, just boxier version:

        <img src="http://hooniverse.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/hk41_zps9cb3b742.jpg"&gt;

        • Yes, it's called a Vixen. It uses a BMW engine.


          • I immediately went to the comments to see if someone else knew it was a Vixen. My uncle had one of them when I was a kid; I thought it was a space ship.

            • FuzzyPlushroom

              I did, actually. And yet I didn't immediately identify the Valiant at a glance.

              I don't know what that says.

          • Zaxbys

            There was one at Chubba Chedda (Lemons Road America) this past November. So weird. So cool.

            • One turned up at the 2010 Microcar and Minicar World Meet. It's not exactly micro or mini, but we were all glad the owner brought it.

    • owl

      Brown coupe is a Peugeot 304S Coupe

  • James

    I'm guessing they loaded it something like:
    [youtube Lt1p3OY9Ayw http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lt1p3OY9Ayw youtube]

  • Vavon

    That is indeed a Seat, a Seat Malaga ( A Seat Ronda with a boot). The Ronda was a Fiat Ritmo in disguise!
    The Bordeaux red car is a Peugeot 304 Coupé S. It looks like it is photographed in Amsterdam.
    The white car below "classy" is a Simca 1300 or 1500 (not sure about the model name).
    The rusty van is a Renault Dauphinoise, easily recognisable because of the headlights.
    Dacia or Renault based, possibly not in Poland = that is a Mega, Citroën-based.
    The Green and black car without wheels is a Renault 5 Rodeo.
    The red low covered coupé is a Matra Simca Bagheera with 3-seat wide seating.
    The grey little pick-up truck is an Aixam. No license needed to drive that!
    That Daihatsu is definitely a Peugeot 205, please don't make that mistake again! 😉
    That bunch of small hatchbacks look like they are Russian Oka's.
    I love that truckload of Nivas!!! Great series as always Kamil!

    Here's a brochure of that little Mega.
    <img src="http://moonoffice.de/tjaffer/aixam-mega-prospekt.jpg&quot; width="640/">

  • mike

    The first truck, Bremach, it's italian, not german.

  • Tim

    I think the first car (on the right) in the third photo might be an IFA F9?

    See the following photo:

    <img src="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:IFA-F9.jpg&quot; width = 600>

  • Pretty sure thats a Lambo. Or NSX.

    <img src="http://hooniverse.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/1fot32_zps3380b8c4.jpg&quot; width=550>

    • Rick

      That roof and windshield look like Corvette

  • OA5599

    "I never understood American pickup trucks, mostly because my kid eyes were exposed to much smaller, but seemly much more functional vehicles such as this Mercedes. Flatbeds offer a bigger loading area and access from three sides, yet only the heavy duty workers utilize them – why?"

    Flatbeds have the lowest part of the bed high enough to clear the rear wheels. If you are loading a bundle of plywood, you use a forklift, You need side access, but the extra foot of lifting height doesn't bother you because the forklift does all the work. Two ratchet straps will secure the load.

    With a light-duty pickup, one day you might haul a refrigerator, the next day take the motorcycles out to the trails, and the day after that bring home a big load of miscellaneous Costco products. A bed with a lower loading height makes it easier for this, and the sides and tailgate make it easier to haul the loose objects.

  • cruisintime

    Check out the address on the back of the second black Hyundai, it is for a fine art and antiques dealer and what a treasure trove!

    • mseoul

      Good Call! On the original Zlomnik website the guy had a good joke about someone being against Kibukowski. Anty-kibukowski. The prices are amazingly low: great for Germans who can drive, but not so good for shippers.

  • <img src="http://hooniverse.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/odwr04_zps5b1121cd.jpg&quot; width="450">

    "Funny, in U.S. this would require a heavy truck with a lowboy trailer…."

    No, I'm fairly certain that "require" is too strong a word for such activities, at least in some parts of the U.S.

    <img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3725/12325469173_3351220058.jpg&quot; width="450">

  • The motorcycle in the second photo is a 1982 Honda MTX80.

    <img src="http://polskajazda.pl/db/images_thumb_390783_800_800_resize.jpg&quot; width="500">

  • steve

    the little white van with the comment Looks Japanese but could be a knock-off, not sure.
    is a bedford/vaxhaul rascal based on a daitsu

    • Vavon

      Close, but not quite. The Bedford/Vauxhall Rascal was based on the Suzuki Carry.
      The Suzuki Carry and the Daihatsu Hijet look similar, but they are 2 different vans.

  • Jay_Hova

    7th picture from the bottom is a czech Praga V3S truck, the little blue truck in the 4th picture from the bottom is a Multicar M22 (from eastern Germany)

  • Fred

    The black sedan with the vertical taillights after the "Lambo/NSX" is a 1964 Plymouth Valiant. You can read the name on the right of the trunk (boot) lid if you look closely.

    The white sedan with the round taillights after the dead motorhome is an early 1960's Simca, probably a 1300.

    I'm thinking the rotting greenish two-door wagon is an Opel.

  • Jofes01

    I believe the car with the sink is a Mini?

    And then the green car in the third picture might be some sort of DKW.

  • pea

    Okay, here is what I can help you with from Hungary, the Eastern Block:
    3) IFA F9 (green)
    20) Yugo 45
    24) Robur bus with a half Barkas B1000 on it's top
    30) SHuanghuan Ceo (Chinese BMW X5 copy)
    36) Just to mention, there is Hungarian licence plate on the cars – I'm proud of them… 🙂
    41) Star truck, correct

    And now some unidentified ones:
    55) this seems to be a modified Aixam
    56) Praga V3S
    59) Multicar M22
    60) some kind of Skoda probably
    62) modified Velorex

    That's all for now!

  • Slow_Joe_Crow

    Since the easier stuff has already been identified. The green mystery van is a BMC 250 JU descended form the Morris J and quite possibly made by BMC in Turkey. The turquoise station wagon, 3rd from the bottom is probably a Skoda 1202.

  • Synchromesh

    Love this series. I've been to Poland a couple of years ago. Some very cool Communist stuff! I saw my first Lada upclose and personal in many years! Even a few American cars were present like mid-80s Camaro and Dodge Daytona.

    I got most of these cars identified. The first in the "can't identify" series is a pretty rare Peugeot. Pretty sure it's a 304 coupe. But there were a few that puzzled me!

  • An amazing selection, as always.

    The one I'm really struggling with is the quad-headlamped sporty looking thing. It's silver, a kind of stainless-steel colour. The kind of thing that looks like its doors might open in a funny way, and probably has a horribly disappointing French/Swedish powertrain mounted at the back or something equally daft. I'm flummoxed.

    • ˏ♂ˊ mzs zsm msz esq

      <img src="http://bashny.net/uploads/images/00/00/35/2013/10/18/58aff09967.jpg"&gt; Dang, it seems the doors do open conventionally.

    • 4x4_Welder

      That's about the best description I've heard of one. Don't forget that it looks like the charging system can't keep up, and that it may have been built with subpar Irish labor (because so many carbuilders pride themselves on Irish construction).

      • Vairship

        Northern Irish labor, in fact. Because having the labor force engage in a low-level civil war on their time off improves job performance and attention to detail.

  • Alex

    In the shot where you couldn't identify the first 2 cars, they are an East German IFA, which was a copy of a pre-war DKW, and the forerunner of the Wartburg. The second car is a Moskovitch, which was made from a 'requisitioned' pre-war Opel model. It's also one of your 'unidentified' models further down. Another of you 'unidentifieds' was a mid 1960's Plymouth Valiant from the USA.

  • seguin

    The pink thing with the sink is a Mikrus MR-300. Only made 1728 of them according to wikipedia.

  • Rover1

    Geeez, I love these posts!

  • Vavon

    Something funny about that "Hijet in Transit"
    On the side of the Transit you can see a word: Richtungswechsel.
    Richtungswechsel = German for Change of direction…

    <img src="http://hooniverse.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/spa49_zps35dba28d.jpg&quot; width="640/">

    • Weird…

    • FuzzyPlushroom

      I'm currently owed a fiver if I can prove what the foreground car is – the grey one with the metal sunroof that we can only see the top 6" of. Any ideas?

      • Manic_King

        From Japan probably. Something like 3-door Mazda 323 maybe?

        <img src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d9/Mazda-323-hatch.jpg&quot; width="611">

        • FuzzyPlushroom

          Man, and it's even something that was sold here! Cheers.

      • Vavon

        What does the picture tells us?
        Antenna placement: definitely Japanese. Background Europe. Bodytype 2 doors. Shape: roundish,1990?
        So it is most probably a Japanese 2-/3-door hatchback or coupé on sale in Europe during the 1990s.
        Had a look at the following cars: Mitsubishi Colt, Nissan Sunny, Nissan Micra and then Mazda 323.
        Here you go, it is a Mazda 323 (BG) 3-door built from 1989 to 1994.

        <img src="http://en.autowp.ru/pictures/mazda/323/autowp.ru_mazda_323_gt_6.jpg&quot; width="640/">
        EDIT: Went through all that trouble to find it, only to discover Manic_King had already given the answer… 🙁

        • FuzzyPlushroom

          Dang! I should have guessed Japan, but I got hung up on the (probably) metal sunroof.

  • Addyblanch

    <img src="http://hooniverse.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/kosm47_zps8bf56159.jpg"&gt;

    Its a Bedford/Vauxhall/Suzuki Rascal. They also came in flatbed flavour, almost flipped one once slamming on the brakes too quick.

  • mseoul

    Its a great series. The number of replies seems to attest overall. Poland Hoons with the best.

    The first Hyundai and likely second too are domestic market cars as far as I know: no US export or likely Europe either for a Dynasty named car. Maybe these were exec cars from Korean investments in Poland? These would have been top line cars 10 years ago.

  • Joffrey

    In the pic of the hearse – "Last Resting place" : I saw two quite recent Ford Transits as well. the yellow one behind the hearse was propably a mid to late '90s. And towards the left top corner, you can see the back end of a second one, the grey one. Most likely an early to mid 2000s. Guess it's thanks to the Poles we have bigger Transits now. "Dear Mister Ford. We like the reliable, fuel-efficient motor in your van. it is better than the Gaz Gazelle the Russians gave us. Sadly, we can't fit our Fiat 126 in the back of your van though, so would you please mind making us a bigger van?"

  • cruisintime

    This was refreshing , get tired of the same old .

  • santoshwebseo

    Thanks for your great information, the contents are quiet interesting.I will be waiting for your next post Japan used cars .

  • Tak! Inne polskie samochody podobać.

  • Therion

    The "Star" truck looks like an austrian Steyr 680 army truck.

  • Staxman

    I like this series!

    The maroon car right below the “a whole bunch of cars that i cannot identify” headline: I think it’s a Peugeot 204 or 304 coupe.

    In the photo captioned “I don’t know what the first two are. Behind that are FSO Syrenas and Warszawas,” I think the green car at the front may be a DKW F9, or an IFA, its East German counterpart: