Cars around Cambodia

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Re: Cars around Cambodia

Postby Barang_doa_slae » Fri Feb 26, 2016 11:30 am

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Still hoping that Cambodia will eventually have its own "barn find" story full of relics pre-Pol Pot. There's got to be one.


I read that in the weeks following PP fall, before falling out with them, the KR repaid the Vietnamese by allowing them to take both industrial machines and cars out of PP.
That would explain the rarity of prewar cars in the country.
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Re: Cars around Cambodia

Postby AE86 » Fri Feb 26, 2016 11:37 am

^^and why A2 Jeeps and Traction Avants are relatively common in Vietnam.
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Re: Cars around Cambodia

Postby Hanno » Fri Feb 26, 2016 12:00 pm

My old place of work, both were sourced in Cambodia:

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Whilst this one was driven overland from France:

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Re: Cars around Cambodia

Postby Lucky Lucan » Fri Feb 26, 2016 12:02 pm

Barang_doa_slae wrote:
Spigzy wrote:
Still hoping that Cambodia will eventually have its own "barn find" story full of relics pre-Pol Pot. There's got to be one.


I read that in the weeks following PP fall, before falling out with them, the KR repaid the Vietnamese by allowing them to take both industrial machines and cars out of PP.
That would explain the rarity of prewar cars in the country.


I have never heard about such cooperation that late on. I would have thought most cars just rusted to bits by the side of the roads. There were plenty of these wrecks left in 1979 and they were scrapped or scavenged afterwards. That was 37 years ago, so very few cars that were still roadworthy then would still be usable. Cambodians aren't big fans of old cars/stuff either.
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Re: Cars around Cambodia

Postby taplaixe » Sun Mar 06, 2016 11:46 am

it was interesting to sit on this car
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Re: Cars around Cambodia

Postby Jackal » Sun Mar 06, 2016 5:58 pm

I recall that, after the KR lost PP, Neil Davies wrote of looking for his prewar car, and finding it stacked in a scrap yard with all the other vehicles which had been junked by the KR.

So, I guess they were all destroyed for scrap during or after that time.

There's a really, really old Citroen farm pickup between national roads 1 and 3 to the south of the city. That things a running antique with a Toyota diesel. Must get a snap of it.
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Re: Cars around Cambodia

Postby ken svay » Thu Mar 24, 2016 5:39 am

I think the Vietnamese army stole any cars they could in early incursions before the KR and anything still mobile post KR. But the KR did seem to junk most of them. I know of a black sixties Plymouth in a shed down the Bassac past Takamao and I have seen a Peugeot 403 wagon with Vietnamese plates. They used to do the taxi run between Saigon and Phnom Penh.
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Postby jm » Thu Mar 24, 2016 5:53 am

Spigzy wrote:I still have a 928 in the uk, definitely not a bad car, far from it. 5L V8, the thing will cruise for miles and in absolute comfort aside from the traditional hard Porsche suspension which is increasingly horrific due to the road conditions. That and any electrical gremlins, lift up the carpet and a 928 has more wires than a 747! Even took the new Cayenne for a test drive last weekend and that whilst comfortable still had the hard suspension when going through bumps, nothing like a Range Rover.

Still hoping that Cambodia will eventually have its own "barn find" story full of relics pre-Pol Pot. There's got to be one.

A very expensive car to maintain but I loved my 928 (an 86).
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Postby Playboy » Thu Apr 14, 2016 7:25 pm

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Re: Cars around Cambodia

Postby Felgerkarb » Thu Apr 14, 2016 7:30 pm

Wtf...
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Postby Playboy » Thu Apr 14, 2016 8:13 pm

Yup.

That, coupled with the 2015 Maserati Quattroporte I saw today ...

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Re: Cars around Cambodia

Postby YaTingPom » Thu Apr 14, 2016 8:55 pm

"Sincere Motors"

Seems legit. :-)

Don't blame the Cambodians for destroying classic cars. The UK had a scrapping "incentive" years ago to stimulate the motoring industry (thinly veiled as a green initiative) which saw a shit load of 70's, 80's and 90's cars scrapped. :shock:

This is partly to blame for the ridiculous prices for cars of that era, 80's Ford Escort 1600i, they'll be $10000 please, or how about a base model Vauxhall Viva for $5000.

Bloody nuts. :catfight:

The other reason is because the kids of those generations are our ages, 40's, 50's, 60's and have cash.

In the early 90's I used to pay £10 for a beaten up 1.1 68 Ford Escort (overhead valve) or a £10 for a mint Renault 4 now those cars go for around £5k+.
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Re: Cars around Cambodia

Postby Lucky Lucan » Fri Apr 15, 2016 12:48 am

Wow, they have some serious motors up there.
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The site is slick enough. I wonder what the waiting list for a Bugatti is? 8-) 8-) :-?
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Postby Playboy » Mon May 09, 2016 11:30 am

Somebody has gotten themselves a couple of nice new toys in Phnom Penh

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Meh. Something witty.
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Re: Cars around Cambodia

Postby YaTingPom » Mon May 09, 2016 11:47 am

Can't see the make (Mitsubishi?) or model but those look so generic, could be Ford, Honda or and jap maker.

No double its 350bhp of lunacy and only 2.5l engine. :eyes:
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