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Old January 22nd, 2015, 10:36 PM   #1001
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The latter one is Junction 17 of the M1 where the M45 merges. At the time it would have brought traffic from Birmingham onto the M1 until the M6 was opened. What surprises me about the pic is that even back then the lanes merging onto the carriageway were divided by a hard strip. This is common practice now and is used occassionally to provide better diverges off the motorway. Because chevrons are used now they are called 'tiger-tails'. Quite advanced for such a road of that age.
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Old January 23rd, 2015, 01:13 AM   #1002
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Wouldn't have guessed that GB opened its first motorway 14 years after Portugal did ...
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Old January 23rd, 2015, 01:27 AM   #1003
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Italy
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The first two stretches of A1: Milan - Piacenza North and Piacenza South - Parma.

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In real life, electronic toll collection was first introduced in Bergen, Norway in 1986, and well into the 21th century many countries still struggle to implement it.
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Old January 23rd, 2015, 01:28 AM   #1004
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It looks like a Reichautobahn, with those concrete slabs.
Anyway I find it stunning that Argentina had such roads in 1941!

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I know some people who had that car.And after some time their cars ended up being burned,because they were old
In Socialist Hungary, the "little Polski" was a very widespread car. They were used well into the 1990s and some even beyond.
The legendary (for its size) vehicle was also dubbed "mice's truck" or "pocket cruiser".

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Trabant, instead, was an entirely an East German design and the only car that regular East Germans were allowed to purchase. They were all limited to 100kph, that was the limit on East German highways that didn't undergo some maintenance since the WWII.
After reunification, the 100 km/h motorway limit had to be temporarily maintained for the former GDR's network due to the poor road quality. Only in 1993 did the new Bundesländer see the general limit abolished (that does not mean that until 1993, all motorways were repaired, so section limits did remain where appropriate). .
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Old January 23rd, 2015, 01:29 AM   #1005
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3 December 1960
A1 Bologna - Florence opens
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In real life, electronic toll collection was first introduced in Bergen, Norway in 1986, and well into the 21th century many countries still struggle to implement it.
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Old January 23rd, 2015, 01:32 AM   #1006
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Bridge over Tevere river (A1) U/C in November 1963
This was the last section of A1 to be completed, on 4 October 1964.
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In real life, electronic toll collection was first introduced in Bergen, Norway in 1986, and well into the 21th century many countries still struggle to implement it.

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Old January 23rd, 2015, 05:02 AM   #1007
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Excellent road photos from the People's Republic of Poland

Yes, dem Commies as we know them: bragging about the evil nazis and imperialists, yet driving on the Reichsautobahn and in Chevy cars ...
Yeah but both probably made by Polish people anyway (ka-zet'niks and polonia in US)

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Trabant, instead, was an entirely an East German design and the only car that regular East Germans were allowed to purchase. They were all limited to 100kph, that was the limit on East German highways that didn't undergo some maintenance since the WWII.
It was actually East German body, but on top of mechanical parts from old 1930's DKW car, because the factory and drawings happened to stay in East while DKW managers were mostly smart enough to run to west... and so... DKW enterprise is the Audi of today, and Trabant... factory makes some VW's
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Old January 23rd, 2015, 11:14 AM   #1008
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Bridge over Tevere river (A1) U/C in November 1963 This was the last section of A1 to be completed, on 4 October 1964.
which one? There is at least 8 of them if I remember well
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Old January 23rd, 2015, 11:46 AM   #1009
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Great thread! Thank you all for your contributions.

I wish I could contribute with pictures of Chile's only highways back then (Route 68 and Route 5 dating from 80's, 90's) but I can't seem to find any pictures. If someone has any, please post.
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Old January 23rd, 2015, 12:48 PM   #1010
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A6 , 1969 ( Spain )

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Old January 23rd, 2015, 12:51 PM   #1011
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a19 , first tolled motorway in spain (1968 )

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Old January 23rd, 2015, 01:06 PM   #1012
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1953, barajas motorway (E)


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1966, america avenue


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Old January 23rd, 2015, 02:05 PM   #1013
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This is an Italian design. Fiat 126 were very popular in Italy back in the 1970s and can occasionally be spotted today (probably among the most common classic cars around, together with 500, 600, 127, Citroen 2CV, VW Beetle and Renault 4\5).
Polski Fiat, that was founded in 1934, derived directly from the Italian Fiat.
Trabant, instead, was an entirely an East German design and the only car that regular East Germans were allowed to purchase. They were all limited to 100kph, that was the limit on East German highways that didn't undergo some maintenance since the WWII.
Even if it was an Italian design, it was never anywhere so popular than in Poland, especially known as a "familial car" : 1 352 912 Fiat 126 were produced in Italy against 3 318 674 "Maluch" in Poland!
Also, you couldn't go any faster than 100 km/h (1 person only), and if you were with your family and fully loaded with baggage, you were stuck at 60-70 km/h on a flat road , thanks to a terrific and powerful 23HP 2 cylinders air-cooled engine .

To stay "on-topic", here is a picture with "Maluch"s traffic on the main street in Bielsko-Biala during the early 1980's:

Back then, most of the car traffic consisted of Fiat's 126p, 125p and Polonez .

Anyway, would be great if Fiat issue a modern "neo-retro" version of the 126, similarly to the 500, or the VW Beetle!
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Old January 23rd, 2015, 02:10 PM   #1014
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Old January 24th, 2015, 02:00 AM   #1015
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The first two stretches of A1: Milan - Piacenza North and Piacenza South - Parma.

Was Italy first to adopt crash barriers in the middle?
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Poland - early 1990's

1. A4 Katowice - Kraków, summer 1993 (Lada Samara onboard):



still A4 (notice 180 kph on the clock):



2. DK12 Chełm - Lublin, summer 1994 (Lada Samara)



3. Trip from Poland to Slovakia, summer 1992 - (road from Michalovce to Zemplinska Sirava lake). Fiat 125p onboard:



Poland - DK1 (S1) Bielsko-Biała - Katowice, winter 1992. Fiat 125p onboard:



This Fiat 125p is still in our family now on yellow "historic vehicle" license plates.
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Was Italy first to adopt crash barriers in the middle?
Many sections of the Autostrada del Sole and other early motorways hadn't crash barrier in the middle, but only a grass median. Probably in this place there wasn't much room.
Autostrade per l'Italia started to instal crash barrier in all motorways in 1967.
Source: Facebook page of the company, that has also most old pic I post here.
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IT A10 Genova-Ventimiglia

Part 1 :
Inaugurazione Viadotto Polcevera (1967)

Svincolo di Bolzaneto (1964)
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IT A10 Genova-Ventimiglia

Part 2:
Veduta aerea1

Veduta aerea2
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Part 3:
Viadotto Polcevera1 (1964)

Viadotto Polcevera2 (1964)
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