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 a beautiful black Hongqi HQ430 sedan, seen on a rainy day in easy Beijing. It was in super shape and carries a license plate from Jilin province with the ultra rare sequence of 9990.
The Hongqi HQ430 was a variant of the Hongqi HQ3 series, manufactured from 2006 until 2010. The HQ3 was based on the fourth-generation (S180) Toyota Crown Majesta.
An ultra sleek Volvo C70 Coupe, Spotted in China on a car market in east Beijing. The Swedish sportscar was in very good shape with a clean body and interior, completely original, and without any rust or rot in sight. I found her at a small repair shop specialized in maintaining older Volvo’s.
A very sleek first generation Mitsubishi Diamante sedan, Spotted in China on a car market in east Beijing. The vehicle was dirty and dusty but otherwise in good shape. It was undergoing maintenance at a nearby shop and staff told me it was running fine but leaking some oil.
A beautiful Rolls-Royce Phantom II, Spotted in China in a car repair in east Beijing. The Roller has body by coach builder Connaught Motor & Carriage Co Ltd. of London. It is a bit dusty but otherwise in perfect shape, with a working engine and always kept ready to to roll.
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.
Today in China Car History and Spotted in China the Audi A6 Executive, an ultra luxurious variant of the China-made C5 Audi A6. I found this black example abandoned on a parking lot just to the south of the southern section of the mighty Fifth Ring Road. It was dirty and dusty but absolutely savable.
Today in China Car History and Spotted in China the Geely Liangjing JL63601E hatchback. I found this little beauty on a parking lot not far from my home in the far eastern wastelands of Beijing. The good Geely was in super shape and that is very rare; this oldies are mostly dumped by roadside or scrapped.
The white car is short-wheelbase and qualifies as a passenger vehicle, it therefore has a blue license plate. The gray car however is long-wheelbase and too long to be a passenger car, it is thus qualified as a commercial vehicle and carries yellow license plates.