Hongqi L5 Convertible Parade Car Debuts In Belarus

The Hongqi L5 is the modern version of the 1960s CA771 which in turn looks eerily close to being a copy of the 1950s Ford Thunderbird from the front. Its T-Bird roots have become much more obvious to the eye since the manufacturer behind it revealed the drop-top version.

It recently saw active use as part of a national parade that took place in the capital of Belarus, Minsk.

The Belarusians received two cars as a gift from the Chinese Ministry of Defense given to the equivalent institution in Belarus. It’s clearly more of a symbolic gesture showing that the relations between the two countries are growing increasingly cordial.

The L5 is the convertible version of the L7 sedan / limousine, and as a design effort I think it looks better than what Ford did in the early 2000 with the revived Thunderbird; that car was too curvy, whereas the recent L5 has a more squared off stance, much closer to the original Ford design.

Inside it has a digital gauge cluster, real wood and leather, touchscreen infotainment and all-important screens in the headrests.

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  • Stephen Baxter

    I kinda love this car

    • pcurve

      hells yeah, it’s the ultimate FU car. Looks so much better than its sedan version.

  • that must be the biggest engine cover i ve ever seen

  • Six_Tymes

    it must get great gas millage

    • pcurve

      great chassis rigidity too

  • emjayay

    Turn off the sound on those. Play something else.
    Here’s a photo of a French child sized version of the same thing.

  • PAn

    In a free market it would not sold a single one. Ridiculous the alloy wheels and four drains are misplaced in a parade car. Led eyebrows seem mascara to an old face; nice flag for turn signal.

  • dinn

    Instead of retro design, it is pure retro.

  • rnc

    Haters gonna hate, but it actually is a spiritual successor to this: https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/ГАЗ-13#/media/File:53102chaika.jpg

    And yes the old GAZ was heavily influenced by American car designs, as was the car industry in the WHOLE WORLD back in the golden age of Detroit. As for retro design being used on a modern car, only infantile people would be surprised about that when everyone from Ford and Volkswagen to Jaguar and Porsche are trying to bring all sorts of retro and heritage inspired models because… guess what… plenty of people find such designs appealing.

  • Obsequious Lickspittle

    It’s Hongqiing.

  • AnOld BlackMarble

    This car wold be very popular in Florida, or pretty much anywhere in the South.

  • XtremWize

    It looks much nicer than Obama´s ugly “Black Beast”.

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