CC Outtakes: T87’s Singles Collection (March-April 2024) – Part 3: More Foreign Cars (Italian, German, Swedish, etc.)

We’ll finish this edition of the T87 Singles Outtakes with a flourish, mark my words! We’re going to set the bar right from the off with a Dino 246GT and move on swiftly to a cornucopia of Italian beauties, followed by a smorgasbord of German goodies, and whatever else the CC Gods have seen fit to throw my way. Ready, steady, go!

I may have already posted this 208GT4. If I did, I apologize. In my defence, it looks absolutely gorgeous.

Even in red, they look the part. Sorry, I meant especially in red.

Yeah, there’s going to be a lot of red in this part of the post. It comes with the territory.

I was only able to manage this shot (from quite a distance), but that was my first Daytona sighting. Here’s to more!

Interesting shot of a pair of 308GTBs being photobombed by a Citroën C6. Tokyo is a strange place.

Cleanest Maserati 3200GT I’ve seen in a while.

You’d think this was the same Quattroporte IV that I posted about recently, but you’d be wrong. This is the 6-cyl. version.

CC Law stipulates that a Lancia Delta Inegrale must be included in every edition of these Singles Outtakes. One can only comply.

There were many Alfa 105 Bertone coupés about. Like lots. This one was having a bit of a senior moment in a parking lot near my house. The tow truck showed up five minutes later. Being an Alfista is not always a bed of roses (or clovers).

Great colour, lovely interior. Now put those bumpers back on, you strumpet!

This one has the opposite problem: great exterior, but all WTF in the cabin. The license plate indicates this is an original Japanese market car though — pretty rare.

Lots of Giulietta/Giulia Spiders, too. There are a good half dozen red ones that hang around the Jingu Gaien on most Sundays, so I’ll limit myself to just the one.

OK, two then. But that’ it.

I’ll let this one slide. I’ve caught it before, but it bears repeating.

Aha! I said red Alfa Spiders. This one doesn’t count.

Pretty sure I’ve never seen this black beauty before. Stunning.

Spin the Alfa roulette wheel and it lands on 155 red.

Spin it again, and it’s 155 black.

Same deal with the Alfetta GT: would you rather have a slightly modded 4-cyl. pre-1980 car in red…


…or a stock, V6-powered facelifted one in black?

We’ll end the Alfa portion of this symposium with a stunning 1960 Giulietta SS. Why only the one pic? Because I caught another one that will have its own post at some point. Musn’t spoil the surprise. Oops.

Just one teeny-tiny Fiat in the shape of a 1964 Cinquecento.

I’m not at all well-versed in motorcycles, but this 1959 MV Agusta 125 caught my eye.

That single cylinder engine certinaly looks like it has plenty of breathing room.

While we’re on the subject, here’s a lovely Royal Enfield — the legendary Indian two-wheeler.

And while we’re dabbling in Indian-made vehicles, here’s a Bajaj tuk-tuk.

Seeing Russian metal here is always a little jarring for me — Lada Nivas were part of the furniture, where I grew up. But they’re quite rare here.

The UAZ 452, on the other hand, was not somthing we had in Western Europe. But boy is it iconic.

Lots of German finds, as per usual, but few Volkswagens. We’ll start with those anyway. No Beetles, strangely enough, but would you accept a couple of Squareback Type 3s instead?

This one’s kinda ripe. But that’s how I remember them…

The lone T1 Transporter will be this double-cab pickup. Very cool variant.

Late model T3 — almost gave it a miss, but the VW contingent would have been minuscule, otherwise.

The 914 was sold as VW-Porsche in their home country (as well as here, I believe). Perfect transition to the actual star marque of the post…

This one has a flat-6, too — a rare and desirable feature. But let’s get to proper Porsches, shall we?

I might have photographed this 356 Speedster before, I don’t know. There are a few around.

Late model 356s like this SC are not uncommon either. Not that I’m complaining.

Case in point… Not keen on those wheels, though. But what a splendid shade of blue.

This 1965 912 was near perfect. Nice touch with the “902” license plate…

There were many, many early 911s…

Same sublime shape, different colours.

Strange upholstery on this one. Looks like it should be in a different kind of car.

Very odd collection of aftermarket bits here. At least, it stands out of the crowd…

I’ll leave it to the congnosceti to voice their opinions about this one.

Last 911 of the post (finally!) — the inimitable Targa.

I’ll have to rein in my 911 intake next month. But it’s not over for this post yet, Porsche-wise.

We still have a few front-engined ones to examine. The (relatively) rare 968…

…followed by its 944 predecessor. Many more of those were made, yet I have seen about a dozen 968s, versus three or four 944s around Tokyo.

Who in their right mind would have ordered a 928 in light beige?

This is a replica, but an older one (about 25 years old). Very high quality, apparently.

Love the child seat. You have to initiate them to the finer things in life (or replicas thereof) at the youngest age possible.

I cannot understand why classic Audis are so rare here. Present-day / recent ones are plentiful, but anything pre-2000 is a once-in-a-blue-moon event. And because of that stupid G-Wagen, getting a front-end shot was impossible, to boot.

Isettas are so alien. There’s nothing like seeing one driving up, parking and opening that big fridge door.

There were a few other nice classics hidden in this mechanic’s very crowded garage, but only this 6 Series BMW was (barely) up for a photo. Must return there sometime — you never know…

I’m trying to keep my E30 intake to a manageable level — there are quite a few about, not all of them interesting. I liked this one’s bulldogish demeanor…

…and this one, well, had lots of bizarre additions that made it a mandatory capture.

Even that green body / beige hood combo is strange. It shouldn’t work, but it kind of does.

Apparently, Opel was the top-selling GM marque in Japan for many years in the ’90s and ’00s (if you don’t count Isuzu as a GM brand, that is). Yet there aren’t many still around. This late ’90s Astra F’s cabriolet body makes it instrinsicly valuable, though.

They love their Pagodas here. And they’re not shy about using them.

They look better with the soft top, in my opinion. And this one would be even better with the proper (i.e. white) hubcaps…

Somebody’s got a bit of an obsession with the Stroke-8, I see…

I’m more partial to the W111, personally. A black 250SE coupé like this one belongs in my fantasy garage. And, perhaps a 220 saloon? Or a convertible, for summer cruising… decisions, decisions…

I can respect the W116, even admire it. But it’s just not as iconic as the W111 or W109. Still, I caught a nice one not too long ago that would make for a nice post.

We’ll just have a few W123s to finish the German chapter. My personal favourite was this 280TE wagon, in a fetching shade of dark red.

Coupés are very nice too, of course.

The standard saloon? Can’t go wrong with those, either. But hold on — what’s that in the background?

Well, I do believe it’s a perfectly-placed transition to the Swedish cars. Serendipity strikes again.

So many of these 240s… Must resist temptation… Aaargh! It’s too strong!…

This one is interesting in that it’s LHD (like most older imports), when almost every 240 I’ve come across here is RHD.

Saab cabrios — even more recent ones — command a certain amount of respect. A pair of them? That’s worth a mention on CC.


I realize the 900 is essentially a 99 with a rhinoplasty and other added plastic bits, but surely Saab must have seen how weird-looking it was, even at the time. The longer nose accentuates the oddity factor quite a bit, too. Still love it — way more character in this than in anything done under GM’s tutelage.

Are those decals original? doesn’t matter much whether they are or not, in the end: very cool, and they complement this two-door variant perfectly.

Ok, here I must ask for the CCommunity’s help, because I have absolutely no idea what this is. Looks vaguely Italian, but also British. If you do, please share with the rest of the class.


All the best and see you next week for a few British cars —  it’s their turn this week.