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I’m more interested in the parking: That seafood place must offer take-out, or else there’s an adjacent business for which the 20min limit would be more useful. Just the same, I’ve been at good sit-down restaurants with very fast turnaround.
Many of the wealthy drive dull, ordinary vehicles, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see Siennas in posh areas.
Not newly rich bourgeois Chinese.
The Rolls looks like its driver was able to back into that spot quite nicely. Way to buck the stereotype!
Meanwhile the Sienna is reinforcing stereotypes. And good lord that is an ugly butt.
The trouble with “midivan” styling is, they try to spin gold from straw. A van is just a box on wheels, there’s no getting around it w/o looking goofy. This is why I prefer the more straightforward styling of commercial vans like Sprinter & Transit, they don’t try to look flash (beyond some necessary aero optimizing), & turn out more appealing as a result.
We have an older Sienna, but not because we like the styling.
Someone in my town has a Nissan Elgrand Highway Star (there’s that wacky Japanese naming again!) which actually looks rather neat.
Agree, I give that a ?. Their commercial NV200 isn’t bad either; a Chevy version of that has been announced, I suppose because they need to fill a market void below the old Express.
My favorite silly Japanese name is “Fairlady Z,” ludicrously wrong for most male American buyers.
Agreed about the Toyo’s ugly rear end!
Maybe the Sienna driver was worried about those careless RR drivers who are always slamming their doors into the cars next to them? 😉
Either that’s a crazy coincidence, or both Rolls belong to a car service or similar.
Either way, I can’t really get used to the Ghost as a “real” Rolls. It just doesn’t have the presence of the Phantom, which, love it or hate it, definitely has some gravitas to it. The Ghost seems too much like a rebodied 7-series. (Though I did not know, until I just looked it up, that the standard engine makes 553 HP. That’s fairly impressive.)
I think they look like an overweight Honda Civic.
I don’t see the resemblance, although the way the rear of the greenhouse meets the creases over the rear fenders reminds me of the ’08-up Malibus.
“Though I did not know, until I just looked it up, that the standard engine makes 553 HP. That’s fairly impressive.”
I believe the word you are looking for is “sufficient”.
Ah, that’s correct. Though if the less powerful Phantom is Sufficient, would this be More Than Sufficient?
I suppose that little nicety has been done away with under BMW ownership.
The Rolls looks like it wants to be an Audi with a blatant, show-off chromed schnozz. Or, maybe an aftermarket retrofit of something like the fake Rolls radiators on Chrysler 300s.
The Sienna looks like somebody bashed in the corner of its rear quarter.
The restaurant is okay but nothing special. There are several competitors in the Vancouver area to which I would drive my rental car (probably not a Sienna, definitely not a Rolls) instead, on my next visit.
Often parked at the same place is a flat pink over purple Range Rover. The owner has a matching outfit.
Truly the Shanghai Hilbillies.
Maybe its the same owner who has the PeptoBismo Pink Bentley Continental I see tooling around town.
Have you seen the chrome plated Ferrari yet?
On the Rolls. I am a sucker for that silver and black paint scheme and the suicide doors. I would frankly be scared to drive it. Probably two out of three other drivers will shoot them the bird. It’s an upside down world.
The suicide doors are definitely a nice touch. Was there any production car that used them in between the ’68 Continental sedan and the launch of the Phantom in ’03?
The 1980 Seville should have had them.
Well the 1969 Continental was the last year of the suicide-door sedan.
Rolls-Royce Pahtom Iv still had them until the late 19809s, and the London taxi as well.
Ford Thunderbird four door suicide 1967-1971.
Where’s this restaurant?
Oakridge Center, a shopping mall in the Oakridge neighbourhood of Vancouver BC, Canada.
I’ve had a hard time getting my head around the idea that the modern Rollers are attractive cars. The drive trains are obviously something you’d have a hard time matching in other cars, but these sure seem like a case of slap a big price tag on something and rich people will buy them because they are exclusive, and they’ll ignore any other logical criteria.
Now that I’ve said it out loud, the executives that make these will probably put a contract on me.
The attitude of the typical Rolls-Royce buyer and of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars owner BMW is probably, “If you can’t afford it, you can’t complain about it.”
…as they sneer and look down their noses at you.
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