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SHORT-WHEEL­BASE VER­SIONS BUILT, ROUGHLY HALF OF ALL CA770 PRO­DUC­TION

POWER PUZ­ZLE

It’s most likely that Hongqi, hav­ing lifted the Chrysler 5.4-litre Fire­power V8 and two-speed auto for its CA72, en­tered a li­cence agree­ment. The CA770 is of­ten cited at 5.6 litres and 160kw, though the en­gine could be based on the ear­lier Fire­power or later LA en­gine. Or, pos­si­bly, a Rus­sian V8 shared with ZIL and GAZ lim­ou­sines.

847

TO­TAL CA770 PRO­DUC­TION 1963-1981

$700K

NEW PRICE FOR HONGQI’S CUR­RENT FLAG­SHIP L5 V12

1988

FAW BE­GINS BUILD­ING THE AUDI 100 IN CHINA

MAO W WRIT LARGE

Mao’s limo was suit­ably im­pos­ing, at 5980mm on a 3720mm wheel­base and weighed 2730kg. Chi­nese red­wood tim­ber­work was hand-made, the steer­ing wheel’s ‘sun­flower’ cen­tre cap was real gold, and the boot badge was based on Mao’s own handwritin­g. The CA773 SWB shown is 400mm shorter than the limo.

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