Red Flag Car - The Real Thing

Bertel Schmitt
by Bertel Schmitt
red flag car the real thing

When we reported that FAW will revive the monstrous Red Flag CA7600L limousine, it received mixed reviews. Some wanted it sight unseen. Others puked in the corner. Ever since I arrived in China, my secret wish had been to own the real thing, the huge handmade Red Flag car that luminaries used to drive down Chang’an Avenue. I had been told they don’t exist anymore. I had been lied to.

My Dutch Beijing blogging buddy The Tycho found an original Hongqi (Red Flag) CA770 at a Beijing auto show. 1978 vintage, V8 engine. It is undergoing restoration and is absolutely roadworthy, the seller swears.

Prices for good examples are more than $100.000. My Chinese right hand woman recommends against it. She says it “sends the wrong message.” Whatever that may be. And I should buy BMW or Benz instead.

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  • Neb Neb on Aug 09, 2010

    This is a definite car nut moment. On the one hand, it makes no sense. On the other hand, I understand totally and would get one too if I could. That said, I think at some point Car and Driver road tested the Zil and the Red flag. Maybe Ronnie can help you out with this, but I think they described them as the worst cars ever made.

  • George70steven George70steven on Nov 24, 2010

    If you go for one, an interior redecoration is a must. The old communist party leaders or something the chinese want to forget. online car insurance quotes

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