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Birou Bucuresti Auto/Bucuresti Auto (1946 - 1989/1992 - present)


Formed in 1948 to license build Soviet Bloc cars, Birou Bucuresti Auto, shortened to Bucuresti, was a state owned corporation known for making extensive use of Duroplast, a durable plastic material better known on the Trabant. This allowed Bucuresti to make and improve on designs from all over the Soviet Bloc, most notable of which was the addition of armor in the panels of their version of the GAZ-13 Chaika, while decreasing its overall weight.

In 1989, after the assassination of dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, Birou Bucuresti Auto was officially dissolved, before reemerging as Bucuresti Auto, a privately owned corporation in 1992, with a license built version of the 1989 Razor Orlando.

Bucuresti focuses mainly on budget luxury and budget performance cars, with the occasional top level Sedan or SUV catered to the luxury buyer.

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1962 Bucuresti BBA-C3 Avanta(Securitate version pictured)

The Bucuresti Avanta was a 4 door family car manufactured between 1958 and 1970. With panels made from Duroplast, it was a light and nimble car, comparable with a 1970s VW Golf. The Avanta normally came with an Inline 5 making 130 hp, but the Romanian Securitate and Police variants came with a 300 hp V8

The Securitate made good use of the Avanta, with many dissidents getting stuffed inside the roomy trunk. Most Avantas from its original production run still survive, with the Securitate versions being the most desired. A limited production run of Avantas was made in 2001, all of which sporting a 400 hp V8 and modern(for the time) amenities.


At the same time?


It’s a state secret, so the world may never know


If you have lived in the GDR or a similar political system, it’s hard to consider this funny or entertaining. Not meant as offense.


I didn’t mean to offend anyone. Sorry if I did.


Not me personally, but I know a lot of friends that were tortured in Stasi prisons. The Romanian Sicuretate was not known for being kind. However, if I am allowed to ask: How old are you? If you are under 30, you have no chance to really know how it was to live in a dictatorship in Romania or GDR so I have no, absolutely no reason to accuse you. I do not want to impoison your thread with my history lessons either. Your cars are surely quite interessing and I will follow this thread further. I just want you to be aware of the pain and despair that victims of a secret service suffer. Your designs are still quite simple but designing totally sophisticated cars in Automation is something I myself have not learned totally after more than three years. :slight_smile:


I started that so… Sorry.


I was born well after the collapse of the Soviet Union, so I have no clue about how it was like living in a dictatorship, especially during the Cold War.


Bucuresti BBA-C4 Pescarus

Produced between 1959 and 1980, the C4 Pescarus was a luxury car used for government officials. It started life as a License built version of the GAZ-13 Chaika, using Duroplast panel to lighten the car.

The Pescarus used a 300 hp V8 mated to a 2 speed automatic. It could seat up to 6 people, and came in both sedan and laundlet versions. Although its successor, the BBA-C9 Pescarus, started production in 1976, the C4 Pescarus still continued production alongside it until 1980. Many examples of the C4 Pescarus on the roads are used as heritage taxis, most often within Bucharest or Iasi.