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1959 FSO Syrena [S-15]

1959 FSO Syrena [S-15] in Spotkania w mroku, Movie, 1960 IMDB

Class: Cars, Sedan — Model origin: PL

1959 FSO Syrena [S-15]

[*][*][*] Vehicle used by a character or in a car chase

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50sParis NL

2018-02-08 00:31

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130rapid PL

2018-02-08 00:45

Interesting... :think:
It looks like Syrena 102 prototype.

130rapid PL

2018-02-08 10:34

...or movie release date is wrong. Too early.

janek PL

2018-02-08 13:48

130rapid wrote ...or movie release date is wrong. Too early.

Correct, it seems: http://www.filmpolski.pl/fp/index.php?film=122265

Weasel1984 PL

2018-02-08 16:31

For the record, 2 facts from the articles of Mr. K. Sachs - "Automobilista" 03/2008 and 04/2008:
1. Since late 1960, since car with chassis number 7431 (model 101) were used shorter doors with silver strip below them.
2. Since ~2nd half of 1961, 1st in car with chassis number 11618 (still model 101), were used new vent windows.

Ad 1. However, although at 1st glance visually similar, this car doesn't have shorter doors, there is just silver strip placed on the bottom of body and on the bottom edge of doors - NOT below them (1st thumb). This strip in long doors car is unusual, but fortuantely to place something like that on car no changes in body are required, so this vehicle doesn't undermine the known order of changes in Syrenas.
Ad 2. The car in movie has older, 1st type of rounded vent windows (same what in Warszawa).

This way we stay with only one very strange part, which is not mentioned in visible form in any known to me source - I mean the grille. Grille with vertical ribs was of course to meet in rare later "102 S" model, but it was different and there was no any horizontal strip across it.

All in all, it most possibly is 1960 101 (side strips) customized by factory for Fairs in Poznań(?) ;) or for movie or maybe even by the owner on its own. The hardest to make part is this grille.

-- Last edit: 2018-02-08 18:57:35

130rapid PL

2018-02-08 18:57

The wipers' pattern also seems unique. :think:

Weasel1984 PL

2018-02-08 19:03

It seems the record car could have it similar (well, but they were placed closer to each other): /vehicle_350605-FSO-Syrena-S-15-1959.html

130rapid PL

2018-02-08 21:15

I'd say it's 1959/1960 FSO Syrena, pimped up by FSO, one of few at that time.
The series production of 101 started in April 1960.
The movie release date is May 15th 1960.

Weasel1984 PL

2018-02-09 16:16

Ok can be the pre-101 too, from before period when 2 wipers became standard solution (hence a "non-standard" space beetween them). Did some more comaprisions and after all wheels also seem to be bigger - more typical for the so called "100". They could add few details (like the 101+ alike side strips) also a little later.

130rapid PL

2018-02-09 17:11

Yes, I also have feeling the wheels are 16".
And I'm thinking that actual wipers' postion may depend when they were turn off. :think:

Weasel1984 PL

2020-01-17 22:18

Mystery solved. Picture of the same looking car with this unusual grille is in new S. Drążkiewicz's book - "Syrena - samochˇd popularny FSO". The car in book is described as prize in the 1960 Automotive Olympics of "Liga Przyjaciˇł Żołnierza" ;) Before it went in hands of the winner, as the future prize, it was used as sort of "show car". It had special trim for this occasion and this rare grille was one of its features.
In short - in movie it is the very same car, which was to win or FSO made few more Syrenas with this look back then.

One more thing - in mentioned book, the car is in chapter about Syrena 101, I believe due to the year of the Olympics final - 1960. In theory it can be 101, as in different place, the book says that some 101s still had bigger wheels, but due to premiere date of this film (may 1960), I think it is still more safe to keep this car as 1959, "non 101".

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