Today in China Car History and Spotted in China a very special little car. This is the great Qinchuan Q7081BD Flyer, seen near a car market in west Beijing, painted in silver with the factory original five-spoke alloys. The bonnet and bumper were damaged but it was otherwise in a good shape.
A perfectly fine Chevrolet Lumina APV, Spotted in China near a car market in west Beijing. The good Chevy was sadly abandoned, covered in thick layers of dust and dirt. But take all that away and the car wasn’t in such a bad shape. This is the facelifted Lumina, and it is amazing to see how the new front completely destroys the space ship design of the original.
A perfectly fine Chevrolet Lumina APV, Spotted in China on a car market in north Beijing. The good Chevy was painted in bright white, which is the very best color for the Lumina, emphasizing its space ship design. The car was in great shape and it even still had all the red strips!
China might have classic wedding cars but the United States betters that with neoclassic cars; shiny retro sleds that were popular in the coke-fulled 1980’s. One of the most famous neoclassic car makers was Spartan, and here we have a beautiful white Spartan II Phantom Coupe, Spotted in China on a car market in north Beijing.
A double Benz on a cold winter afternoon; a R129 Mercedes-Benz SL500 coupe and a W140 S320 sedan, Spotted In China parked side by side on a car market in north Beijing. Both Benzes were in good shape but very dusty and dirty, clearly in need of a little maintenance and a little love.
A beautiful black Chevrolet Caprice Royale, Spotted in China on a car market in north Beijing. The long and low sedan was in perfect shape, almost like new really, with a paint as smooth as a desert night and chrome as shiny as a desert moon. It was completely original down until the alloys.
A very badass black LincolnTown Car St. Tropez stretched limousine, Spotted in China on a car market in north Beijing. The good old ‘Coln was is very good shape and looked well maintained; paint was clean, chrome was shiny, and I didn’t see any rust or rot.
This is my Spot of the Year 2016; an ultra rare XJ81 Jaguar XJ12 6 Litres painted in British Racing Green, Spotted in China at a car tuning shop in east Beijing. The good Jag’ was dusty and dirty but otherwise in a good shape; paint was smooth and chrome shiny, and I didn’t see any obvious rust or rot.
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.