Dacia 1300: the car that put Romania on the road

Do you know the Dacia 1300? Mihai, architect of Renault Technologies in Titu, is one of the many Romanian fans of this iconic model. And for good reason, in the 70’s and 80’s, he was the one who allowed the whole of Romania to be transported. Discover the story of the “car of others” in the company of this passionate owner who presents his 1989 Dacia 1310, restored by him.

In Romania, there is no Volkswagen or Beetle that fits. There, the “village car” is the Dacia 1300 ! It was she who, in the 70’s and 80’s, put the country on wheels. All of Mihai’s youth, who worked at Titu’s technical center as an architect for Renault Technologies, was marked by this model. Proud to have restored his father’s Dacia 1310, he is now a fan of this model. It takes us on a tour of the owner – and the history – of its beauty.

“Every Romanian has a personal history with the Dacia 1300. On the street, it makes many heads spin”, Mihai, architect of Renault Technologies

Iconic model of Romania for more than three decades, the Dacia 1300 marked the collective memory. Vehicle for all families, taxi always available in the cities of the country, etc. So many experiences that have permanently inscribed this model in the emotional heritage of Romanians. As Mihai explains: “The Dacia 1300 is a robust, simple and comfortable vehicle, with all the qualities found in Dacia’s DNA. »

The Romanian economy quickly adopted it and so did customers. They rushed to buy what it was, in the early seventies, the most modern car in Eastern Europe and one of the cheapest with a sale price equivalent to 3,200 euros.

Mihai owns a Dacia 1310 1.3 L TLX petrol bought by his father in 1992. Copy identical – in its beginnings – to the French model Renault 12, the commonly called “Dacia 1300” was manufactured from 1969 to 1979 with this name, until 2004 under the name Dacia 1310. “The two main differences between 1300 and 1310 are a completely redesigned new front consisting of four headlights with a black grille in the center and modified rear lights,” he said. the amateur.

Dacia arrived in the mid-1980s 98% locally made components, which later facilitated the restoration of older models with original parts. Mihai thus restored his Dacia 1310 TLX as it was at the time, thanks to the assistance of the community of collectors trained in his country: “Over the years, Dacia 1300 enthusiasts have become more and more numerous. Romanians are rediscovering this model. »

Mihai regularly drives. This Dacia 1310 was the car of all his family vacations and his first driving lessons. The multitude of memories on board gives this model an invaluable emotional value. But not only that. So is Mihai proud to drive a Dacia, considering its Dacia 1310 as a family heritage to be passed on. “When I drive my Dacia 1310, I just feel good,” he confides.

Like Mihai, more and more Romanians are proud of his automotive heritage national and promote it. It must be said that the Dacia 1300 gave access to mobility and freedom throughout Romania. Therefore, it occupies a special place in the childhood memories of a whole generation of Romanians like Mihai.

The Dacia 1300 (and its derivatives) is also part of Romania’s history commercial success (2 million copies sold) and its longevity in production (35 years, from 1969 to 2004). It has undergone no more and no less than six changes over the course of its career and its marketing will last until 2006, two years after the start of production of the Logan. “The Dacia 1300 is Romania’s flagship car. Thanks to its affordable price, it was the real car of the people “, Mihai deciphers.

The influence of the Dacia 1300 did not stop at the borders of Romania, however, as it was widely exported to the countries of Eastern Europe, but also to certain countries in Africa, the Middle East and America.
Mihai is grateful for the reliability of his Dacia 1310 and for good reason: if Mihai’s Dacia only shows 3,400 km, it’s because the meter returns to zero after 99,999 km … and he’s already done the “tour” three times of the counter. !

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