Here we have an ultra rare Trasco 1000 SEL, a stretched limousine based on the W126Mercedes-Benz 500SEL. There is a flag pole holder on the left-front fender, just behind the indicator, indicating this is an ex-government car.
I found the enormous machine standing outside of a rather crappy car repair shop just south of the Third Ring Road in Beijing. They said they were restoring it but I didn’t see much work going on. The paint was obviously in poor shape, but the body itself was fine, no rust or rot in sight, so a good new paint job will do miracles here.
Today in China Car History and Spotted in China the Zhongxing BQ6472Y2A Admiral SUV, seen here on a car market in east Beijing. This black example is in very good shape and completely original except for the tires. The Admiral, and that is a great name for a car, is a child of a Chinese company called Zhongxing Auto, also known as ZX Auto. It was manufactured from 2000 until 2004.
Green Lord Motors has arrived in Hong Kong with their GLM-G4 electricsupercar. Green Lord Motors, or GLM for short, is a Japanese engineering company. They were closely involved in the development of the crazy TommyKaira ZZ open sport scar, they are working with Chinese company Singulato to develop a range of electric SUVs, and now they have launched their GLM-G4.
The Guangzhou Auto Show is running at full speed, and racing along are a lot of supercars. All major manufacturers were present with the notable exception of McLaren. The Guangzhou Pearl River Delta area is one of the richest places of China with trillions being made by exporting everything to everywhere.
That means a big market forsuper cars and the cities in the delta are full with dealers and shops. Many manufacturers that enter China start in Guangzhou before moving on to Shanghai and Beijing. Guangzhou was also the very first city in China to have a sizable population of supercars. The boom started early in the late 1980’s with cars smuggled in from Hong Kong, some with the wheel on ‘wrong’ side.
The 2016 Guangzhou Auto was a great show. Loads of new cars, they had trucks, EVs, and even a tuning show. It was quiet on the media days, unlike in Beijing where everybody can be media. The massive exhibition halls were kept cool be a massive air conditioning system. All very good. Time now for some random observations, starting with a friendly security officer making a movie with his telephone.
Time now for the real heroes of the 2016 Guangzhou Auto; the ladies manning the information desk. They are standing for hours at a time, they got to smile and smile and smile, they got to deal with stinkin’ kids and stinkin’ brochure hunters, and with professional expert photographers like me. Praise to the brochure babes! Starting with a fine set of teeth at Volkswagen.
We are really almost done with the 2016 Guangzhou Auto in China, but not before we have had a good look at the pretty ladies. There were lots of them this year of all kind and sort. We start immediately with a smile at SouEast, with a very kinky pink glove.
Big car crash in Beijing! A BMW i8 crashed into a barrier on the Jiuxianqiao exit of the Airport Expressway. Reader Georg was at the scene of the accident right after it happened, thank you for the photos! It appears that the Bimmer took the corner with too much speed, got into a spin, and banged the barrier with the front.
Earlier this year I stumbled upon an impressive collection of rare Mercedes-Benz sedans in Beijing. The cars were displayed in a former Mercedes dealer near the Goldenport race track in the northeast of the capital. The dealership is selling RVs now, and the collection has been moved elsewhere. Starting now with a very clean W126 280SE S-Class.
We have seen a many endlessly long car transport trucks but today we have a new King of Country, and likely of the World. This enormous monster was Spotted in China near the great city of Xiamen in Fujian Province by Reader Jos T., thank you for the pictures! The truck seems about 30 meters long and doesn’t really fit in one frame.