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British Cars Living and Dying in Poland

Kamil Kaluski November 17, 2016 Eastern European Cars, Featured 11 Comments

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It’s been a while, but it is time for another episode of cars that are living and dying in Poland. Many things have happened since the last updated. Abandoned cars are actively being removed from neighborhoods. Poland plans on implementing huge import fees for vehicles, especially ones with large displacement engines, because polar bears. Think of this as their version of cash-for-clunkers, which means that soon there will be fewer older and interesting cars on the road there. We should then enjoy them while they’re still around.

British cars have never been really popular in Poland. The biggest issue was the fact that most of those imports came directly from the U.K., where the steering wheels are mounted on the wrong side. I am not sure what the current laws are, but some time ago they had to be converted to left hand drive, unless they were over some years old. The secondary issue is that a lot of the British cars are pricey and the cheaper British cars had always had German versions, for instance Opel and Vauxhall.

All pictures, as always, came from zlomnik.pl, and were sent in by that site’s readers. The site has been since redone and now focuses on obscure cars.

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If you prefer the BMW over the Panda then we can’t be friends.

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For decades Poland has been under communist rule. In that time all people were equals and everyone had the same, which is to say nothing. Once communism was overthrown people began one upping each other. This guy for instance, he has a huge yard (filled with crap) and he drives a Rolls (that is crap).

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The Smart Car isn’t as small as you think.

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These Rovers were love at first sight for little pre-teen me. I just thought they looked so cool. I had no idea that they were huge pieces of shit.

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I guess this is some kind of a market and they are selling some kind of crap.

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Another Rolls owner. This dude must be loaded.

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He’ll restore it.

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There is no middle ground for the Brits when it comes to auto design. Their cars are either great looking or awful. The above and below are examples of the latter.

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Don’t miss the other posts in this series:

American cars living and dying in Poland

American Cars Living and Dying in Poland (part 2)

American Cars Living and Dying in Poland (Part 3)

West German cars living and dying in Poland

West German cars living and dying in Poland – Part 2

East German cars Living and Dying in Poland

Japanese cars living and dying in Poland

Japanese Cars Living and Dying in Poland – Part 2

Japanese Cars Living and Dying in Poland – Part 3

Italian cars living and dying in Poland

Italian Cars Living and Dying in Poland – Part 2

French Cars Living and Dying in Poland

French Cars Living and Dying in Poland – Part 2

French Cars Living and Dying in Poland – Part 3

Soviet Cars Living and Dying in Poland

Czechoslovakian Cars Living and Dying in Poland

Swedish Cars Living and Dying in Poland

Polish Cars Living and Dying in Poland

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

The Museum of Communist Polish Cars in Krakow

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Castorama is where you go to have yourself castrated.

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it looks happy.

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Spoiler means it’s fast!

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It looks like it’s beginning to rot.

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Missing wheels are the least of its problems.

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The Jeep Wranger pickup cannot get here soon enough.

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When I visited Poland a few years ago, deserted cars in similar condition were a common sight. Since then, however, the Polish authorities have been removing and scrapping them. People say it makes the neighborhoods nicer and opens up parking spots. But it makes me sad on some level.

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Daimler!

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It is my theory, which may or may not have a medical support, that people also got bigger over the years.

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But what’s the white car?

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It wasn’t until a man drove his convertible Triumph to a McDonald’s that communist rule was officially over in Poland.

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The world needs more shooting brakes. Or shooting brokens, as in the case of this Lotus Eclat.

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It’s very common in Poland to park with two wheels on the sidewalk. This way the parked cars are obstructing both pedestrian and vehicular traffic.

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A group of people designed this. Another group of people approved it. Another group of people sold it. Another group of people bought it. Another group of people is looking at its picture on the internet and thinking “how did someone actually designed/approved/sold/bought this hideous car!?”

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Sexy coupe!

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Painful.

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It probably rolled over two seconds later.

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One of these could start right up and travel around the world without an issue. The other is an expensive globetrotting icon.

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Not sure if junk yard or restoration place.

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Not sure if junk yard or Polish redneck’s yard. minor17_zps27ecb45c

Given the cost of gasoline in Poland, this probably isn’t the best choice for a daily d.

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One of these could start right up and travel around the world without an issue. The other is an expensive globetrotting icon.

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Not sure if stanced or broken.

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Buy it, restore it, ship to America, profit?

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Oh, shooting not broken! Maybe. It’s a Reliant Scimitar! I’ve never heard of it either.

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What is this Suzuki looking thing, you ask? It’s a Rickman Ranger, of course! And guess what… there a Rickman Cars Owner’s Club!

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Another successful bidnessman, drives a Jag!

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Lody = ice cream, in case it wasn’t clear.

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I’d love to wonder around this parking lot for a while. So many treasures!

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One of these could not start right up and travel around the world without an issue. The other is an expensive globetrotting icon.

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  • jim

    Princess Anne had a Reliant Scimitar, you know.

  • I have to wonder whether that LHD Maestro is part of the Bulgarian production run.

  • Desmo

    The unknown “white car” is a Tatra 700.

    I think it was the last Tatra car ever made.

  • outback_ute

    I don’t think the big grey Jag Mk10/420G is a Daimler. Very surprised to see an Imp though, judging by the hubcaps it is either a Singer or Sunbeam, more likely a Sunbeam in Europe.

    • Rover 1

      Sunbeammad will be here soon to confirm or deny.

      • Sunbeam hubcaps, but bootlid with no cooling slots indicates it’s just a cooking model. Regular Hillman Imps were rebadged as Sunbeams for much of continental Europe, so it might be one of those. But is that a UK number plate?

        It looks remarkably like a Hillman Imp Caledonian – a special edition from 1976 that had all the bells and whistles to use up stock as production was ending.

  • Rover 1

    Quite a lot of Rovers for a European country.

    Still. Not a big call to make or aspire to anything better than the Polish motor industry ever produced.

  • AlexG55

    The Rickman also has a British “Q-plate”, which means that its age or identity is uncertain. This means either that it was imported to the UK without proof of age, that it was written off and rebuilt, or (more likely in this case) that it’s a kit built with a lot of used parts.

  • SlowJoeCrow

    The Landrover pickup with the Jeep Wrangler caption is a military Series III “lightweight”, so called because most of the body work is detachable to allow sling loading it from a Westland Wessex helicopter. The other interesting surplus vehicle is the green fire engine which is an ex Auxiliary Fire Service Bedford “Green Goddess” one of a fleet made in the 50s as part of Britain’s plans for dealing with an atomic bomb.