We all know of Pyeonghwa, by far NK’s most well known “contribution” to car culture. But there’s another car manufacturer. Or is there? Who the fuck knows! Enter Sungri.

This is their most famous model, a “clone” (we’ll get into that later) of the Mercedes 190E called the Kaengsaeng 88. There are only three known pictures of it, and they may be of the same car. One’s a rather clear colour picture of an orange one parked next to a brick wall.

One’s an extremely shitty black and white photo that I have no idea where it’s even from or why it exists. Rudimentary car show? Who the fuck knows.

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And the third and final is a front shot photo of a red one.

The most baffling thing is, it’s rumoured that it might be a completely fake fake and that it’s just some 190 North Korean officials bought and put some badges on to convince North Koreans that their country builds cars, and good ones at that. I legitimately think that they just painted it red and slapped a new grille on it to convince people that there were several. It really doesn’t seem to far fetched.

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(Fellow Oppo Jack Does Cars also did a writeup on the 88)

In a similar vein, there’s the Achimkoy, a copy of the GAZ Pobeda most likely produced in the fifties. Like the 190 copy it’s said only one exists as a prototype. Even less photos exist, only two this time. One colour which appears to be kinda recent, and one from the fifties or sixties which looks like utter shit. Like 1800s quality.

Then our third, final, and most mysterious car. The Jaju. Now, Wikipedia says it’s a Passat clone.

But after a Google image search, this is what I think the Jaju looks like. I have no idea if it actually is.

Scenery and picture quality all look decidedly North Korean. But there’s no badging and it could be just some photo that somebody took of a Hyundai Excel. Or it might be the mysterious Jaju. Who the fuck knows.

E: By closer inspection, this is probably an Isuzu I-Mark/Gemini. I followed the link that the picture was attached to and the Jaju was mentioned before the picture was posted in the thread. However they weren’t referring to the car, they were referring to a truck model.

http://forum.isurgut.ru/viewtopic.php%…

Or maybe this might be the Jaju. It appears that there’s a Pyeonghwa badge on the front. But this might not be the Jaju, as Wikipedia’s source for the Jaju’s existence dates back to 2002, which either means the Hermit Kingdom has a time machine, or this isn’t the Jaju, or there’s two or more generations.

What a baffling fucking country. I truly hope something happens where the dictatorship gets overthrown and we somehow get unfettered access to whatever the fuck went on up there.

Absolute fucking insanity. The things you find while sodding about on Wikipedia and falling way too far down the rabbit hole that is North Korean cars.