CC Outtakes: T87’s Singles Collection (January-February 2022) – Part 2: Foreign Cars

The domestic car post started with a twofer pic, so this one will too. The ’62 Caddy is a period import and still has its original license plates. The Continental Mk V, on the other hand, could be a more recent arrival. Perhaps our Jim “Lincolnman” Brophy had a sudden hankering and got this shipped over? Caught these in my neighbourhood American car shop, which I visit on a fairly regular basis for bargain barges.

This FWD Fleetwood sat nearby at that garage. That “bordello red” interior is something else. Not my cuppa, but I can see the appeal.

Wrote a piece about the late-model C4 recently, and tried to rehabilitate it. The response was not overwhelmingly positive, but perhaps it was down to a question of colour. How about black? Still no?

Tons of Astro vans are strewn about the local roads and car parks, so I gave up on documenting those long ago. This one stood out though, as it was a pristine early model and looked like more than a sum of spare parts.

G vans are also plentiful here; this is the first GMC-badged one I’ve caught, though. “Vandura” is such a dorky name. They really have less inspiration when it comes to GMC products…

A nice maroon really turns these into something quite eye-catching!

Winter is always great Jeep Wagoneer weather. They really have a following here. This early ‘80s-ish one had somewhat scruffy Di-noc trim, but that only adds to the originality of the beast.

This one had me audibly gasp – a ’73! Pretty darn beautiful one, too, with that period colour. Orange you glad I managed to snap it up?

Ooof! Quite a contrast, isn’t it? I’ve passed by what used to be a 1962 T-Bird many a time, but it’s one of those cars that’s always in a tarp. I was real curious about what it looked like under there, but instantly recoiled at what I saw when I finally caught it uncovered recently.

Be careful what you wish for, eh? At least now we know what it is.

This other highly customized Ford product was the subject of a post last year, but it came to my street for a visit last weekend, so I thought I’d let you know.

Ah, the good old Town Car. Cadillacs are hard to love, these are impossible to hate.

The American car find of the year so far was this 1966 Riviera. Caught it in Ginza, a super high-end area where folks like to go parading on weekends (a great place for CCs, and one that will feature prominently in this post). The owner let me take a few quick snaps, but had to leave.

Had I been able to communicate better, I would have asked him to let me take a few photos of the interior; as it was, the encounter was all too brief. I really like these Buicks. Yes, the 1963-65 Rivieras are the pinnacle of postwar GM design, but I find these almost as pleasing to the eye.

Moving on to the German cars. We know this W108 very well — I caught it parked next to a black Beetle with identical license plate numbers and it also appeared in several T87 Singles posts, as it really was a beauty. No idea what happened, but it’s now looking like this. Ouch!

This seemed like an souped-up version of the W201. A pretty dead-looking one.

This W126 was caught as I was in a car myself, so alas I could not get more pics. The green and yellow paintwork was certainly quite arresting – hadn’t seen anything of the sort since Bangkok.

Another one of those fancy Porsche-built 500Es – this one is a later car than the one I wrote up, so it’s badged as E500. Amazing how many of these are still in circulation here.

This light metallic blue works very well on the W107 — shame it’s not seen all that often. As I understand it, the JDM received the 500SL only from 1980 to 1985; it was then replaced by the 560SL.

Not many VWs to report this year so far, sadly. Just a couple of Transporters, both pre-1968. So many of these around, it’s eerie.

On the Porsche front, this rally-ready 912 was on the curbside and the driver looked like he was having an issue. He was on the curb, angrily talking on his phone. Wrong turn at Albuquerque?

Despite the lack of badges, it seems this is a pretty typical ‘80s Turbo 930. But I’m completely out of my depth here, so if you know better (or can narrow it down some), do let the rest of the class know.

Personally though the older the better when it comes to the 911 shape. This one was definitely much nicer, except brown really doesn’t work on these. Period correct perhaps, but some periods got this stuff all wrong.

In the previous T87 Singles edition, we saw a Ford Cortina Mk1 and a Simca 1000 Rallye taken in the same spot, which I promised to keep visiting. Well, here’s what I found in that parking space a few weeks ago. Will definitely continue keeping an eye on this place.

Another rarity caught in Ginza: according to Wikipedia, Alpina made 64 units of these 228hp AWD saloons in three years (1993-96), based on the E34 525. They also made 70 in wagon form, which would admittedly be even cooler.

An older Alpina rarity, but in bits and pieces.

Onward to the west side of the Rhine, starting with a lovely Renault 4. They really have a following here. Can’t understand it myself, but here we are.

Mid-‘90s green Twingo? Now that’s as French as snails on a baguette. With the best will in the world, those bumpers will always look dirty. Gallic to the end(s).

Found the Clio specialist. No self-respecting megalopolis should be without one.

Last Renault for this post: a Twizy. First one I’ve seen in Japan. Apparently, they started assembling these in Busan (South Korea) in 2019 because Asian demand was on the rise.

I keep seeing Citroën C6s on occasion. Black really goes well on these.

Back in Ginza again, hence this Alpine is backed by a Maserati. But it’s the little white car that really catches the eye, not the boorish black blob behind it.

It’s winter, so I guess a Russian 4×4 should be the car to have. And it seems someone out there thought that way and got themselves a 5-door version of the immortal Lada Niva. First of these I’ve seen in this country.

Still lots of these Volvos about. Impossible to kill, but this one looks like it came off the boat last week.

Caught this one before – it lives in my neighbourhood. But this was The Day It Snowed (a rare occasion, in Tokyo), and I managed a rather nice set of pics, if I do say so myself. So here it is again, with flurries.

The snow actually stayed and about 10cm covered the city by daybreak. It melted away quickly, but I did manage one pretty nice catch that morning. It’s tough to be the Spirit of Ecstasy, sometimes.

Plenty of Rolls-Royces in this edition, starting with this late ‘90s Park Ward Limousine, the second one I’ve caught here (or the same one again…).

Fun game one can play on a sunny Sunday in Ginza: Roller bingo. Can you get five current RR variants in one sitting? OK, starting with the Phantom – almost discreet in black…

A quirky two-tone Dawn cabriolet? Check.

I suppose this Phantom Drophead Coupé counts as a different kind of convertible…

Cullinans are quite popular, so finding one doesn’t take much doing. One more for the bingo! A Ghost? A Wraith?…

Nope, that’s a Bentley. A seriously, even dangerously blinged-up Bentley. No bingo, then. Better luck next time.

Still, lots of other British beauties were on display. A rather fetching DB11 Volante dropping in for breakfast at Tiffany’s?

Or a Rapide, sat behind a V12 Century in a side street…

The Lotus Evora 400, ladies and gentlemen. The numeric is a reference to how many hp they coaxed out of the 3.5 litre Toyota V6 sitting ahead of the rear wheels.

Enough of the Ginza scene – the 20th Century beckons nearer to home, in the form of this Europa. Yes, the very same I wrote up a while back. Still quite a sight.

There are plenty of Caterhams about and I recently caught another English kit car of that ilk, but this seems like the real McCoy: a genuine Lotus Seven… maybe. I mean, the most recent Lotus Seven is pushing 50 now, so who knows if a kit car can last this long.

This is not the first Rover 600 I’ve seen (or caught), but it’s always a strange occurrence. A school friend’s dad had a white one, about 25 years ago. He never was able to articulate why he’d bought it. The Union Jack on the roof of this one is quite literally over the top.

OK, let’s head back to the glitz and glamour of central Tokyo with this Bentley Azure, seen here on two separate occasions. Not sure what type it is exactly – it sort of looks like a Mulliner from some angles, but not all.

Moving on to the high-end Italian stuff, which is also plentiful in this area. Case in point: a Lamborghini LP 670 Super Veloce – for those who thought the run-of-the-mill Murciélago isn’t veloce enough…

Ferraris are everywhere of course, but you have to sort the wheat from the chaff. The 1994-99 F355 is not the most interesting of Maranello’s machines, but it’s old enough to make the cut.

That’s more like it! The famous 512 BB, with a 5-litre flat-12. They made just over 900 of these from 1976 to 1981.

Here it is again, moments later, on Ginza main street, with the white Azure in the background.

Spotted this 456 GT not too far from my digs. The last handsome Ferrari?

Still have a thing for these Quattroportes. This 2008-12 one was particularly nice. They are slipping into bangerdom and some uncouth second owners tend to mod, accessorize and lower them to an early grave, so finding a stock and well-kept example is always a pleasant surprise.

The definition of a boring Italian car? May I introduce the 2004-12 Lancia Musa. Yawn.

OK, these Lancia Ys are an acquired taste (especially in this colour), but at least they look like nothing else on the road.

Much better colour. Plus, this is the spicy elefantino rosso version. Hmm… same license plate as the pink car? Almost. Coincidence? Almost certainly not.

Musas are boring and Ys are weird, but the 2008-14 Delta was perhaps the last Lancia that looked interesting. They were sold as Chryslers in certain markets and were facelifted for MY 2011 to reflect this. This one is a pre-facelift car.

I wrote up a better-looking (and stationary) Alfa Giulia berlina recently, but this one was still an interesting encounter. Photo taken in Akihabara, one of the weirdest places on earth.

Regularly seeing these Bertone 105 GTVs. I don’t think one can see too many. Such a superb shape.

I thought I’d given up on Fiat Pandas, there are just too many about. But this one was another showroom-fresh time-warp stunner. Plus it’s a 4×4. How could I not get a quick couple of snaps?

A little Fiat 500, as per usual. Just a small foretaste of what’s to come for the grand finale…

Small by size, but pretty damn huge by wow factor, another Zagato-bodied Fiat-Abarth 750 (seems like a ‘57), and this time out buzzing on the street. Absolutely stunning!

Well, here’s hoping the spring will also bring its share of CCs. Same place in early May for the next episode.