On a recent tuning show I came across an impressive collection of rare Audi rally and road cars. Most of these cars arrived in China with the 2015 Hong Kong to Beijing Rally, and somehow never left. The rally was sponsored by Audi China and by FAW-Volkswagen, the joint venture that makes various Audis and Volkswagens for the Chinese market.
A beautiful blue BMW 316i Compact, Spotted in China on a parking lot near a former Audi dealer on a car market in Beijing. The good Bimmer was dusty but otherwise in a good shape, and clearly still used as a daily driver. The Compact was a notchback variant of the E36 BMW 3-Series, it was designated E36/5.
An ultra rare Bentley Continental Flying Spur Speed China, Spotted in China on a parking lot in east Beijing, looking very well in white. The Speed China was a special edition for the Chinese market, launched in 2010. It came with a lot of goodies and special.
A heavily overloaded tricycle, Spotted in China late at nights on a highway in Beijing by Reader Lao Wei, thank you for the pictures! The tricycle is transporting at least 11 sacks, likely loaded with recyclables, held together by a few flimsy ropes. On top of that sits a woman, looking remarkable relaxed. Her position is about four meters above the asphalt where cars are passing by at high speeds.
An enormous Cadillac DTS stretched limousine, Spotted in China in the great city of Shanghai by Reader Antoine Chalendard, thank you for the pictures! The big black ‘Lac seems to be in great condition, smooth in paint and shiny in chrome, well-maintained and without any rust or buts.
A very clean Prestige Motorcoach Corporation Dodge Ram 1500 van, Spotted in China in the far east of the capital Beijing. The good Dodge was in good shape, smooth in paint and parts and clearly well-taken care for. Everything seemed original and I didn’t see any rust or rot.
This is the ultra rare Great Wall Mini SUV, Spotted in China on a parking lot in east Beijing. The good ‘Wall was in a great shape, and that too is a rare thing, as most of these are left to rot by the roadside. This example looked loved and well-taken care for, it was original down to the wheel covers and didn’t show any signs of damage or rust.
An extremely speedy LamborghiniMurcilagosupercar, Spotted in China in a car repair shop slash car dealer in the great city of Changchun in Jilin Province. The good Murc’ was painted in mellow yellow and in a very good overall shape, but in need of a good cleanup and some love.
When in Changchun I went to the auto show, ate a lot of greasy lamb, and walked through town looking for old Hongqi cars. I found a many, most of the Audi-based kind. Without further delay: the red car is a very early Hongqi CA7220AE Xinxing (New Star) in a rare red color.
Today we have a very special car in Spotted in China and China Car History. This is the Tianjin Xiali TJ7101L, a long-wheelbase variant of the Xiali TJ7101 hatchback. It is the only factory-produced stretched-hatchback ever, in the world. The extension sits on the B-pillar and measures eight centimeters.