An FSC Żuk truck, SYRENA, and WARSZAWA cars seen in Sanok, Poland, c.1982.
Three communist-era images from our collection featuring the once common but now rarely seen ŻUK trucks. In excess of half a million Zuk’s were produced between 1958 and 1998 by the FSC (Fabryka Samochodów Ciężarowych) motor factory in Lublin. The same factory also made Nysa and Lublin vans and Honker military vehicles.
A photograph of a ŻUK truck seen through an arch in Gliwice, Poland, c.1974.
Did you know: the Polish word ‘ŻUK’ means ‘BEETLE’ in English.
A Zuk 1.1-ton pick-up truck parked up outside a Rolnik store in STRZELIN, Poland, c.1982.
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Related content: More on the rather wonderful Zuk vans!
Fascinating fact about Poland # 34
The International vehicle registration code for Poland
The international vehicle registration code for Poland is PL. These two letters have been used on Polish cars and trucks since 1921.
Polish number plates for cars have black letters on a white background. Polish vehicle registration plates indicate the region of registration of the vehicle in the letters present on the number plate. More about Polish vehicle registration plates.
Fascinating fact about Poland # 27
Polish vehicle registration plates
Polish vehicle registration plates indicate in letters the region of registration of the vehicle or the organisation to which the car is registered to in the number plate.
Selected examples of letter codes used by organisations on number plates in Poland:
HC – Customs
HP – Police
UA – Cars, and various offroad vehicles in use by the Military
Selected examples of letter codes to indicate the city or region on number plates in Poland:
BS – Suwałki
CB – Bydgoszcz
CG – Grudziądz
DJ – Jelenia Góra
DW – Wrocław
EL – Łódź
FG – Gorzów Wielkopolski
FMI – Międzyrzecz
FSU – Sulęcin
FZ – Zielona Góra
GD – Gdańsk
KR – Krakow
NE – Elbląg
OP – Opole
LU – Lublin
PO and/or PY – Poznań
PMI – Międzychód
PWL – Wolsztyn
RP – Przemyśl
SC – Częstochowa
TSA – Sandomierz
WA – Warsaw / Warszawa (Białołęka)
WE – Warsaw / Warszawa (Mokotów)
ZCH – Choszczno
ZS – Szczecin
A Zuk commercial truck displaying regional number plates. Identify the number plate to possibly win a prize!
Test your reading comprehension skills by identifying the area of Poland in which this vehicle is registered. A prize for one person selected at random each month who contacts us and answers this question correctly! Enter competition.
A picture postcard featuring an early car in Poland.
An unidentified Polish car with army personnel in 1914.
Although, very few cars can now be viewed as genuinely Polish, this was not the case during the communist period. Here are the best known classic Polish cars. All were once common sights on the roads of communist Poland.
Sadly today most of these Polish autos are disappearing quickly from Polish roads. In their place, many hundreds of thousands of old German cars such as Opel, VW, Audi, BMW, and Mercedes have been imported from western Europe. Bizarrely though many of these used imports are cars, which are no longer deemed roadworthy in Germany.