Published on November 28, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter
A very red Ferrari 458 Italia, spotted in China in Shanghai by reader Chiprdan, thank you for the picture! The speedy super car has a license plate reading PG888, and that is one of the best license plates we have seen on a Ferrari 458 in China. The 8 is a very lucky number is Chinese culture, closely associated with wealth & fortune. A bit of money is needed indeed, price for the 458 in China starts at 3.88 million yuan or 636.000 USD. But 570hp and 540nm!
Time now, for our Famous China-Ferrari 458 Italia License Plate Collection™: license (MF458), license (KF458), license (OD458), license (FM458), license (458Z8) license (458F1), license (FF458) license (458OY), license (458AX), license (458MW).
Published on October 5, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter
A very lucky Rolls-Royce Ghost, seen in the Shanghai suburbs by reader Chiprdan, thank you for the picture! The license plate reads 8888F, 8 is considered a lucky number in Chinese tradition, 8 brings prosperity and cash! Among all China’s lucky numbers, and they got a many, the 8 has the strongest association with wealth. The F stands for Fu (福), meaning ‘luck’. Somehow, these Chinese Rolls-Royce owners are so lucky they always get the lucky plates: F8888, 66666, 66369.
The Rolls-Royce Ghost is reasonable popular in China, fighting an uphill battle against the mighty Bentley Flying Spur. Price for the Ghosts starts at a steep 4.19 million yuan or 685.000 USD. Time now for our Famous China-Rolls-Royce Ghost Collection™: kareoke, bit bling, cake, dual tone, Six Senses, crash, crash, crash, crash, EWB and a special China Edition.
Published on October 2, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter
A lightly camouflaged Buick Excelle sedan, seen on the bed of a truck on a highway near Shanghai by reader & master spy Chiprdan, thank you for the picture! What GM is hiding is yet unclear. The Buick Excelle received a facelift in February so another facelift seems unlikely. Earlier spy shots pointed at the possibility of a new engine.
Published on September 21, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter
A bet-it-is-fast blue Audi S4, seen on a parking lot in the great city of Shanghai with the bonnet open by reader Chiprdan, thank you for the picture! The license plate reads 555S4 and that is by very far the coolest license plate we have ever seen on an Audi S4 in China.
The Audi S4 is relatively rare in China. It is imported, unlike the base Audi A4L, and thus a bit expensive. Price starts at 383.000 yuan or 62.000 USD. Power comes from a 3.0 turbo with 330hp and 440nm. Blue Speed! And on we go even faster with our Famous China-Audi A4 Collection™: license (A4Q888), yellow, dragon, asshole, B7 in pink, lime green, baby blue, pink lowrider, red, pink, orange&black, matte-purple, polizei, fake.
Published on August 27, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter
A monumental manic Brabus 60S sedan, seen in the great city of Shanghai by reader Chiprdan, thank you for the pictures! The license plate reads R9999, and that is by far the best plate we have seen on any 60S in China, ’9′ being a lucky number in Chinese culture, associated with long lasting life and the mighty Chinese emperors of the ancient dynasties.
Published on August 19, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter
An extremely beautiful and extremely brute fourth generation Nissan Patrol, born in a time when cars were still men! This fine wine red example was seen in the great city of Shanghai by reader Chiprdan, thank you for the pictures!
The great vehicle seems to be in perfect condition. Paint as good as new, chrome is still shiny, and all the typical 1990-Japan stickers are still intact, including the brilliant FUEL INJECTION emblem on the front doors.
Coincidentally, I met a green fourth generation Petrol in Beijing at almost the same time.
Published on August 9, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter
A beige Mini Cooper Cabrio, seen on the streets of the great city of Shanghai by reader Chiprdan, thank you for the picture! The license plate read MINI0, and that is by far the best license plate we have seen on a Mini in China.The fine little vehicle is further prettied up by a…
Published on July 28, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter
Spy shots showing the Cadillac ATS and XTS testing in China. The vehicles were seen in the suburbs of Shanghai by y reader and super spy Chiprdan, thank you for the pictures! The Cadillac ATS will initially be imported into China and local production is expected to start in late 2014 in GM’s new Cadillac plant in Shanghai. The imported ATS will hit the China car market before the end of this year.
Published on July 14, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter
Exclusive spy shots of the new Haima S5 SUV. Two test cars were seen at a vehicle certification center near Shanghai by reader and super spy Chiprdan, thank you for the pictures! The Haima S5, code named SC01, is a mid-size SUV that will be positioned under the Haima S7 SUV.
Published on July 9, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter
A fiery red Ferrari F12berlinetta super steed, seen on a secondary road near the great city of Shanghai by reader Chiprdan, thank you for the pictures! The license plate reads ’00F12′ and that is the very best plate we have seen on an F12 in China so far.