West German cars living and dying in Poland

West German cars in Poland

In the past we have showcased many older and interesting that are living and dying in Poland. We had French cars, American cars, a mix of weird cars, and who could forget the amazing classic car rallies? All of those images came as courtesy of of the readers and publishers of two very awesome websites, zlomnik.pl and stadobaranow.pl. Check out these websites, even if just look at the pictures.

These cars, and their conditions,  just fascinate me and it looks like they fascinated you hoons, too. Therefore we shall now continue with the series. Being that we are in Poland, we’ll re-start the series by looking at cars made by the Axis powers: Germany, Japan, and Italy. Because the amount of awesome/crappy/interesting German cars was a bit overwhelming, I split them up into their post-war origins of East and West Germany. Enjoy.

[Source of all images: zlomnik.pl]


 How does that even happen?


European Ford were manufactured in U.K., Romania, Croatia, Belgium, Turkey, Germany, Spain, and Russia. Because the headquarters are in Germany, I included all Fords here.














Is that a Unimog? Awesome ambulance. Picture may have been taken outside of Poland, but who cares.


 How is it that this is sold right beside an S-class?


 No plates, it’s probably its final resting place.


 No door handles.


Is that a beach chair frame?




 The Opel looks a lot like a Chevy.




 Had bad ass potential.


 No bad ass potential.


The wagon that zigs.


Where was this when I was getting married!?

k25_zps6da478afJay (now at Autoweek along with Blake, damn sellouts) reviewed a similar one.


 I thought that the Fox name was only a U.S. market thing.


Looks like a hatchback but it’s not a hatchback.


Oliver’s cousin.


Audi A7.




 Them hubbies…


E34 – every gangster-wanna-be had one, including me. And I loved it!






Because everyone has a VW bus.


Rot Bug! Maybe photographed in Germany – don’t matter, cool.




This should not be this rusted! I have seen a same era S-class in the same condition in U.S.




What’s up with this pig nose?


 Hmmm.. Euro bumpers… drool…


 FYI, there are rednecks all over the world.


Five bucks says that all it needs is some air in tires and it’s good for another million miles.


 Oh baby…


 Orion, Sirra’s less sexy sister.


Base model Sierra is amazingly unattractive despite being the same damn car.


They don’t have T.J. Maxx in Poland, they have T.K. Maxx. Hey, look, a Jeep “Cherokee”!


Again, not sure if actually German.


It looks like a hatchback and this time it is a hatchback!


 My uncle had one just like that. He drove it from West Germany to Poland with some shitty tractor on the back.




Two handles on its sliding door!


  There is a special place in my hearth for two-door longroofs.


 Not sure what this is…


 Ugh, them wheels.


 Nice condition!






 German-import fire van?


Rust does not discriminate.


Another two-door longroof.


 Looks too pretty.


 New and old.





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36 responses to “West German cars living and dying in Poland”

  1. Alff Avatar

    This redneck admires that Polish redneck's handiwork.

  2. Dean Bigglesworth Avatar

    Gold Opel? is a Manta. Mercedes van with two handles is the worst car or van I've ever experienced..

  3. muthalovin Avatar

    Another 911 living in a gated community.

  4. dukeisduke Avatar

    Wow, lots of awesome cars. "Not sure what this is…" is a BMW 501 or 502. "Again, not sure if actually German." is an early Ford Transit. The red Audi 80 makes me wistful (okay, except for the lousy reliability) for my old Fox.

  5. duurtlang_ Avatar

    "I thought that the Fox name was only a U.S. market thing." (on the picture of the VW Fox)
    It probably was. I've never seen one, and I live in the Netherlands. This one has a reflector on the side, which is something you don't really see on EU market cars. My guess is that this Fox is an American import. I have no idea why someone would import one though.

    1. mallthus Avatar

      So, there's a guy in Poland with a Brazilian VW originally sold in the USA. My. Mind. Is. Blown.

    2. pxhnero Avatar

      Ehm – not entirely.
      The Fox is a VW that was built in Brazil but sold all over ( quite a lot in Germany)

      1. duurtlang_ Avatar

        Really? We're talking about the Brazilian 1980s VW Gol (without the F) based Fox here, not the small 21st century Fox that replaced the Lupo which obviously was available and successful all over Europe. I honestly don't recall seeing even one of those 80s Foxes in my life, and I'm certainly old enough to remember cars from that era. I also live half an hour from the German border.
        This picture is the one I was referring to:
        <img src="http://hooniverse.info/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/k27_zps87d2c69b.jpg&quot; width="600">

        1. pxhnero Avatar

          Well I´m stunned. My neighbour has one and I just figured that they were commonplace here.
          Reading up on it – you are right…. found 2 for sale. that is not a lot.
          Here – take my appreciation of having learned sth today 🙂

      2. Benni Avatar

        Nope, the old (!) Fox was never sold anywhere in europe. Some made it over here by import or via troup-personell

        1. julkinen Avatar
  6. Rust-MyEnemy Avatar

    Lifted Cortina or Taunus longroof is clearly driven by An Hero.

    1. frankthecat Avatar

      I would daily drive that thing.

  7. Kris_01 Avatar

    Opel that looks like a Chevy is actually an Opel Ascona – a Euro J-car. Yes, a Cavalier clone.

    1. julkinen Avatar

      Nope, that's the Monza. RWD coupe based on Senator mechanicals.

  8. PushrodRWD Avatar

    There are some great cars here. That dark blue Opel is very cool along with the gold manta. It is great to see folks take care of their classics overseas (the beaters are great too). What is the black car with the "SWD" plates? That looks like it would be bad-ass if restored and a small V-8 shoved in there. I've always liked the blocky euro-lights.

    1. duurtlang_ Avatar

      I'm not really familiar with the 'communist' cars, but my second guess (after ~1969 Ford Taunus) was Moskvitch. Then I found this gem:
      <img src="http://worldcarslist.com/images/moskvitch/moskvitch-412-combi/moskvitch-412-combi-05.jpg&quot; width="600">

    2. BЯдΖǐL-ЯЄРΘЯΤЄЯ Avatar

      <img src="http://hooniverse.info/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/miks5054_zps3b97ebd2.jpg"&gt;
      This dark blue Opel is an Opel Diplomat, they were equiped with a 2.8 six inline or with a 327 V8 (5.4 litre)
      I have had an Admiral with a 2.8, Still would love to have one
      <img src="https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/408571_3568855429788_225409445_n.jpg"width="600"&gt;

      1. PushrodRWD Avatar

        Thanks. I looked up some of these older Opel cars. I've always liked the Manta and GT but these are new to me. These cars are just bad-ass.
        <img src="http://p6.storage.canalblog.com/60/49/568981/58155575.jpg"&gt;
        <img src="http://tuning-award.geilekarre.de/fileadmin/media/pirelli_tuning_award/2009/P1130546.jpg"&gt;
        <img src="http://www.chromjuwelen.com/g2/d/261366-2/20101101_Opel_Rekord_C_004.jpg"&gt;

  9. Sjalabais Avatar

    You just added another ring of cool to "Poland".

  10. boxdin Avatar

    "No bad ass potential" Hardly, those Ford Fiestas can be seriously fast and lots of them are modified and raced.

  11. dr zero Avatar

    The red Ford hatch looks like a 80s Laser, but is LHD, so I'm getting confused. What actually is it?

      1. Brett Avatar

        The boxy red Ford Laser hatch is a KA model from the early 80's.
        The Escort pictured above is not the same model at all. I did not know they made the Laser in LHD at all. They were only made in RHD countries – Japan, Australia and NZ. Maybe someone converted it to LHD with a Mazda 323 dashboard? Not very likely but stranger things have happened. I own a AW11 MR2 that used to be LHD and it's now RHD.

        1. duurtlang_ Avatar

          You're right. I didn't even recognize that as a Ford, it's not an Euro model. I thought he was referring to this Ford in my original reply. http://hooniverse.info/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/

  12. dead_elvis Avatar

    Too much unfamiliar awesome in one post. Huzzah! But Kamil, is firewood so hard to come by in your neck of the woods that you really have to warm yourself with burning* perfectly innocent 2-door longroofs? You savage!
    That not-a-VW-camper is filling me with vast amounts of want.
    *a special place in my hearth, for the confused/humor-impaired Hoons

    1. Vairship Avatar

      He just has a burning desire for them…

    2. Kamil_K Avatar

      I live in Boston… we have gas heat.

  13. TurboBrick Avatar

    Ascona B? And in street legal form? I thought all of them were destroyed / in process of being destroyed in Swedish regional level rally events.
    What is that redneck machine, Taunus wagon body on a Landcruiser frame?

  14. rpiereck Avatar

    The Fox is Brazilian designed and made, so not much of a West German car beyond the brand name. The Fox name was sold only in the US and Canada, so the one you see was imported from North America. In Brazil, where the car is from, it was named the Volkswagen Voyage.

  15. JayHova Avatar

    " Not sure what this is…"
    That's a BMW 501 V8 limousine.

  16. Leo Avatar

    Is that a beach chair frame?………Bike rack mate.

  17. Benni Avatar

    i would love to know more about this car;
    it looks like some of the mazda 323 derivates sold under ford brand in australia and south africa – the interesting bit is, that this car is LHD…very interesting!

  18. Brett Avatar

    See my comments above. It definitely seems to be a KA Laser. Weird!

  19. Maramessi8614 Avatar

    It's a Mazda based Ford done in Asia for Australia, NZ and ZA. Some of them were in Argentina as well during 1981-83, remember seeing these when I was a kid!

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