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Do widzenia, do jutra, Movie, 1960 IMDB

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Also known as:

  • Good Bye, Till Tomorrow
  • See You Tomorrow
  • Auf Wiedersehen bis morgen (Germany)
  • Arrivederci domani (Italy)

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Weasel1984 PL

2008-10-03 16:07

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Gag Halfrunt UK

2008-10-03 23:16

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Were American cars common in Poland during the fifties?

Weasel1984 PL

2008-10-04 00:05

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Last summer there was article about it in our "Classic Auto", so I can answer you. It depends what we understand by "common". Of course if we are thinking about "grey" citizens - no they weren't common/easy to buy (at least as new). But if we think about the "nomenclature" they were indeed common, especially in the 1950's. Even between late 40's and mid 50's - when there were really the most hard-core commie times and radio propagated that nasty Americans attacked Polish cultivations of potatoes with the help of specially modified beetles, even in those times about 80%(!) of cars used by government, state offices etc. was American - mostly Chevrolets. How to explain this? Personally I don't have any idea. In those times they also had British Hillmans and of course Soviet cars (which became more popular in the 60's - as simply new Volgas were better and more easy to use than too big and too heavy ZiLs).
Here in this movie these cars belongs to diplomats and "elites" of this sort. But for example the Hudson was 12 y.o. when it was filmed, so maybe already went to some private owner (many of these cars ended in private hands, as Taxis /vehicle_63317-Chevrolet-Styleline-De-Luxe-2100-KK-1952.html).

Edit: It is old discussion, but it is worth to add also the case of the so called "sailor import" in this form of private import quite many used (but not too old) US cars was brought to Poland between late 1956 and the end of 1950s. Usually they were imported from the "States" (obviously) or from the Benelux countries. I knew something about this form of import, when I wrote the words above, but better confirmation was needed. This way number of American vehicles in the 1950s Poland was very notable.

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Gag Halfrunt UK

2008-10-04 00:39

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Weasel1984 wrote Even between late 40's and mid 50's - when there was really the most hard-core communism and radio propagated that nasty Americans attacked Polish cultivations of potatoes with the help of specially modified beetles, even in those times 90%(!) of cars used by government, state offices etc. was American - mostly Chevrolets. How to explain this? Personally I don't have any idea.

Thanks.

I suppose that the answer is good old-fashioned hypocrisy - the nomenklatura didn't want to sacrifice comfort to ideological considerations, and were not forced to, so they didn't. Eventually, perhaps, someone realised that using American cars was politically unwise, or perhaps the hard currency reserves began to run out. Anyway, since the 1980s if not before the top officials in North Korea have used Mercedes rather than ZiLs or Honqis or other "fraternal socialist" cars. :)

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Weasel1984 PL

2008-10-04 00:44

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Before your answer I've just edited, my post, as I've found the mentioned article - anyway 80% instead of 90 doesn't change a lot. :D Author is also writing about the hypocricy. :D Other example of it you can find in case of quite famous movie of Roman Polański, which I described on its page /vehicle_86573-Peugeot-403-1957.html

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