Ladas, Oldsmobiles, and Just About Everything Else: Down On The Warsaw …

This is Down On The Street Bonus Edition, where we check out interesting street-parked cars in places other than the Island That Rust Forgot. Let's head over to Poland, where Notlauf has photographed quite an assortment of vehicles for us. » 2/13/10 4:00pm 2/13/10 4:00pm

Lodz, Poland To Street Racers: Here, Race On Main Street!

Poland's booming economy has doubled the number of cars on the road in a couple of decades, and we don't mean just Polski Fiats here. Hopped-up hot-rod hooligans were hooning it hot and heavy on public roads in Lodz, Poland's second-largest city, so the city fathers decided the only way to stop the chaos was to... buy… » 7/21/08 7:00am 7/21/08 7:00am

How Many Polish Czech Truck Drivers Does It Take To Keep Awake?

When you're a diesel demon jockeying 18 wheels on the long haul from Krakow Karlovy Vary to Gdansk Zlín, you need to stay alert. Just honk that bicycle horn when you feel fatigued, and your partner will take the wheel. Ideally, one of you will stay awake... but it's best to have insurance, just in case! » 1/25/08 2:30pm 1/25/08 2:30pm

Only Half of Polish Adults Drive (Insert Punchline)

In Post-Soviet Poland, cars drive... there are... well a majority of people don't drive cars. Almost all of the Polish-Americans we know drive (and living in Chicago, there are a lot) . But according to pollster Estymator, only half of Polish adults still living in Poland engage in the ancient art of driving. The study … » 11/05/07 5:45pm 11/05/07 5:45pm

What Might Have Been: Poland's PZInz Lux-Sport

Packing a 3.8-liter V8, independent front and rear suspension, and a streamlined body that showed a dash of Chrysler Airflow influence, the PZInz Lux-Sport prototype was gratifyingly fast and comfortable. The plan was to go into production and unleash the Lux-Sport on the world for the 1941 model year, but the… » 4/24/07 5:00pm 4/24/07 5:00pm

Polonez Caro, Delivered Right To Your Picnic!

You say you're shopping for a Warsaw Pact Fiat clone but don't feel like driving a Lada or Yugo? How about the FSO Polonez? Basically a rebodied Fiat 125P, the Polonez coupled Italian reliability with Polish styling and was built from 1978 through 2002. Here's a somewhat incomprehensible ad that shows the kind of…

» 4/13/07 6:00pm 4/13/07 6:00pm

Lump In Throat, Tear In Eye: Love Your Syrena

Now that we've discovered Poland's FSO Syrena, we've again reminded that there's more to the world of rattly-yet-lovable European two-strokers than yer Wartburgs and yer 2CVs. And speaking of lovable, here's a tear-jerking homage to our favorite little Polish car, complete with Polska-schmaltz soundtrack.

» 4/11/07 7:25pm 4/11/07 7:25pm

It Had To Happen: Lowrider Warszawa!

'50 Mercs and '51 Chevys are hard to come by in Poland, so any Pole who hankers for the feeling of rolling in a chopped-and-channeled lowrider to see the '59 Battle of the Doo Wop Bands in El Monte is forced to make do with local vintage steel. However, that's a good thing, as shown here by this FSO Warszawa (which is, … » 4/11/07 10:14am 4/11/07 10:14am

More Two-Stroke Goodness From the East Side: FSO Syrena

We love us some two-stroke Iron Curtain automobiles here at Jalopy Central, and sometimes we're so enamored of our Wartburgs and Trabants that we forget to give props to the other Warsaw Pact automotive players. Poland, for example. Starting in 1958, the FSO factory in Warsaw started churning out the Syrena, a… » 4/10/07 4:00pm 4/10/07 4:00pm

Karol Wojtyla From Beyond the Grave: 'Holy Crap!' Inexplicable Polish…

Wow...we really have no idea what to say about this car. It looks like a cross between the Shaggin' Wagon from Dumb and Dumber, the latest iteration of the Batmobile and Jeff Goldblum's The Fly character all came together in a David Cronenberg/George Barris monster-truck mind meld while the two were mainlining a… » 8/09/06 3:00pm 8/09/06 3:00pm