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Rewind to Budapest, Hungary, in the early 1970s

Last week we traveled back to Budapest, Hungary, in the early 1980s. Today, we’re returning to Budapest but turning the time travel dial back by a decade. The following photo was taken on a busy street called Kossuth Lajos utca in the very early 1970s.

What car(s) can you identify in the picture below? What one would you most like to have in your garage?

We see a lot of cars we’d love to own – a Mercedes-Benz w114/115 (which must have been a surprising sight on Hungarian roads at the time), a Beetle, a Trabant, a Fiat 500 and so forth. However, our pick goes to the Tatra 603 on the left side of the picture.


Photo courtesy of Tumblr user Secfromdisaster. Thanks to Dan from Hemmings for the tip.

6 thoughts on “Rewind to Budapest, Hungary, in the early 1970s

  1. i see beetles,fiats/ladas volvo 140 and what looks like a chevy nova ( 3rd car back of volvo. i will take them all. thanks

  2. I find it amazing how the Tatra 603 is such an solitar compared to other cars. While it clearly has its design based in the fifties, it is such a unique car – it is like the Czechs put a concept car made for a fifties sci-fi film into production. There have been other interesting studies from Tatra, a pitty the 613 turned out to look like a blown up VW Passat…

    And while it would be nice to have a Tatra 603, I’d rather have the Škoda 100 standing behind the bus on the right. Even better would be my personal favorite of Czech cars, a Škoda MB1000 – but I can’t seem to find a clearly identifiable one in the picture.

    • I’m not seeing a MB 1000, either. I noticed the 100, great pick as well.

      Are old Skodas common in Germany? I can’t recall ever seeing one here in France.

      • Old Skodas are incredibly rare here in (West-)Germany – aside from the Favorites, which used to be around, I have seen only one older Skoda (which seemed to be from a en expat). But to no surprise, Skodas are around across the border.

        They can’t be seen on the streets in the numbers they used to be, but there are still a lot around and now they are looked after objects of affection in the Czech Republic. In the East Block a car was something very special, and it was not uncommon to have a car a decade or two – so people looked after their cars and you have Skodas from all decades still running. Obviously after 1989 there was a drop, but still many survived.

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