Nicolae Ceausescu, the infamous dictator of Romania, came to power in 1965 and wanted to implement socialist principles that would run this East European country. Decision makers were already in discussion with other Communist bloc automobile firms such as Czechoslovakia’s Skoda, East Germany’s Wartburg, and the Soviet Union’s Moskvitch, but none appealed to the dictator.
Finally, Ceausescu felt that French firm Renault offered the best terms, and so manufacturing of the Renault 12 was undertaken in 1968. The name Dacia was chosen as certain parts of modern Romania were called Dacia by the Romans.
The 1300 cc car was named Dacia 1300 and turned out to be Romania’s people car, with nearly 2 million (20 lakh) made until the 1990s.
This scale model is a rendition of their estate version called Break. A postage stamp of this variant was also released by Posta Romana (Romania Post) in 1983.
|- Premium collectible|
|- Licensed product|
|- Material: ZAMAC (zinc alloy), Rubber and Plastic|
|- Non-opening model|
|Brand||Soviet / Russia|
|Box Dimension (in inches)||6 x 3 x 3|