SHORT-WHEELBASE VERSIONS BUILT, ROUGHLY HALF OF ALL CA770 PRODUCTION
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.
TOTAL CA770 PRODUCTION 1963-1981
NEW PRICE FOR HONGQI’S CURRENT FLAGSHIP L5 V12
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.