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Zuk!

ŻUK

zuk sanok

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.

ŻUK Gliwice

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.

zuk pickup STRZELIN

A Zuk 1.1-ton pick-up truck parked up outside a Rolnik store in STRZELIN, Poland, c.1982.

This is the 500th post on the Polish Poland website since our switch to this format in 2009!

Related content: More on the rather wonderful Zuk vans!

Vehicle registration code for Poland

Fascinating fact about Poland # 34

The International vehicle registration code for Poland

a car sticker pl

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.

Polish Number 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:

BSSuwałki
CBBydgoszcz
CGGrudziądz
DJJelenia Góra
DWWrocław
ELŁódź
FGGorzów Wielkopolski
FMIMiędzyrzecz
FSUSulęcin
FZZielona Góra
GDGdańsk
KRKrakow
NEElbląg
OPOpole
LULublin
PO and/or PYPoznań
PMIMiędzychód
PWLWolsztyn
RPPrzemyśl
SCCzęstochowa
TSASandomierz
WAWarsaw / Warszawa (Białołęka)
WEWarsaw / Warszawa (Mokotów)
ZCHChoszczno
ZSSzczecin

Zuk Polish truck

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.

Cars in Communist Poland

cars poland

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.

Fiat 125p
Fiat 126p
Nysa
Polonez
Syrena
Tarpan
Warszawa
Zuk

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.