CC Outtakes: T87’s Singles Collection – Part 1

There are a lot of CCs that I have missed over the years. They pass by too fast, or the lighting’s terrible, or they’re in the wrong place, or I’m too busy to take the time. And then, there are the ones I managed to catch only briefly, with one or two photos. This Daimler Double Six, snapped very recently in Tokyo traffic, is a good example (and a fine-looking title pic). Hardly worth the trouble to do a whole post, butut these have been accumulating, especially of late. Why waste them? So here’s a compilation album of onesies.

While we’re on the British car side of things, here’s a Rolls Phantom. I saw a stretch limo version of this car roaming around the Ikebukuro area, but never managed to bag it. This one will have to do for now.

From big Brits, we move to Detroit’s finest. I’ve been seeing quite a few American cars in Japan. Not that many, but more so than in Thailand, to be sure.

Cadillacs seem to have a bit of a following, for instance. Escalades are just about as impractical as a car could be in these parts, yet one can see a few here and there.

Actually, I’ll see that Escalade and raise you a fully-blinged out Hummer H2. Ridiculous vehicle to have in Japan. Or anywhere, really.

Strangely enough, I’ve caught a couple of Detroiters that seem to be busier gathering dust than drinking dinosaur juice. This Suburban is one of those puzzler guzzlers.

As is this Mustang, which I see regularly in my neighbourhood. It seems not to have moved for a couple years at least. Fords of any sort are very rare in Japan, unlike most places. But that doesn’t mean you can’t find a few if you look hard enough.

See, a mid-‘90s Taurus wagon, for instance. I sure didn’t expect coming across that in Tokyo. But does it warrant a whole CC post? Not from me, sorry. I know nothing about these, and they don’t really stir anything in me.

On the other hand, if I could have had time to get a few more pics of this Lancia Delta Integrale, that would have been quite worthwhile. Alas, it was not to be. The light was fading fast, my daughter had a pressing need and there was someone in this red gem who probably didn’t want me taking their photo. Rotten luck.

I found this adorable Fiat 500 F right on the curb, rather than on the side of it. But then, I’d already found one pretty recently, so this one was just surplus to requirement.

There are a few French cars about as well, which is surprising. One can see a few Peugeot 206s and the odd Renault Mégane amidst the flow of Crowns and Priuses. But a Citroën C6 is a rare sight anywhere, so it had to be included here.

Same with this 2001-02 Clio V6 RS Phase 1, only even more so. I’m not even sure I ever saw any up close when I lived in France, so finding one sitting in a carport in rural Japan was a bit of a shock. Only 1513 of these radical machines were made (in Sweden, of all places!), with a 230hp V6 sitting where the rear seat should be.

Peugeot 205s are road cockroaches back in the old country, but seeing one in Tokyo was a pleasant surprise!

Japanese folks love their Minis. Sometimes a bit too much. This one is slightly over the top. I didn’t want to peek inside, for fear of seeing pink felt seat cushions and Hello Kitty floormats that were likely lurking within. I’ve projectile-vomited over less.

Even with its flat tyres, this Mini was much more interesting, especially as it was paired with a Skyline R32 coupé. Alas, this was someone’s property and trespassing is a huge no-no in Japan. So I allowed myself one photo from the street and went on my way.

One last thing before I break this up for part 2. A lot of cars here, newer ones in particular, sport a parking pole on the left side of the car. This late model BMW takes it to another level.

Yes, there’s a tiny BMW emblem on the top of the pole, just for kicks. I’ve only noticed this once so far, but I’m sure I’ll see it again. On a Mercedes, perhaps. Probably not on an Audi, tough. That would be weird. See you tomorrow for part 2, with JDM cars, some older metal and a few more foreign exotics, including some caught in Thailand and other places I’ve prowled in recent years.