CC Outtakes: T87’s Singles Collection (September-October 2021) – Part 2: Foreign Cars

OK, I realize picking a white Mk2 Jetta to headline this post might fail to adequately convey the sense of excitement and occasion one would expect to project for this second part of my patented bi-monthly CC outtake compilation. But don’t judge a post by its cover shot! And it is stunner of a Jetta, isn’t it? Come on folks, read on, it gets better, I promise!

Woah! Unusual colour for a Mk 2 Golf

I think the Beetle wears it better. There’s that goofy trombone exhaust again – the aftermarket “extractor” muffler. It might help the engine breathe better, but it sure looks awful, dangling from the back end like that.

As always, the Transporters were part of the fun. These pre-’68 ones are definitely the most popular. They must have been hovering up the US and European ones, as I see so many of these here.

The Series 2 vans, by comparison, are much less common. This one bucks that trend (or, I should say, that empirical, yet highly subjective personal observation.)

I haven’t encountered many interesting Audis (with one exception). However, when I saw the fading paint of this one, I realized these A4s were now a quarter century old. And that certainly didn’t make me feel any younger.

Pretty quiet on the Benz front, lately. I keep bumping into this one, and it keeps impressing me with how gorgeous it is. This time, it was parked with the windows open, virtually begging me to photograph the dash. I can resist anything except temptation.

Shout out to Jim Klein, who used to have one of these magnificent Autobahn Panzers. Read his COAL about it, why don’t you.

I don’t understand the whole present-day Maybach thing. What are the rules? Sometimes I see an S-Class with Maybach badges on the C-pillars, but a three-pointed star on the hood. Other times, it merely says “Maybach” on the trunk, like it’s a trim level. This one was festooned with double-M badges all over – not one mention of Mercedes-Benz.

The relative paucity of Benzes was offset by an abundance of BMWs. The -02 generation certainly has its admirers here, be they older or newer, and with or without a front bumper.

This very fine 635 CSi was unfortunately stuck in a tightly-parked lot that hampered my efforts at documenting it more thoroughly.

Not too many of these E30 wagons are to be seen, so even though the pic is fuzzy, I’m keeping it in.

Is this a genuine M3? Looks like it – except for the wheels. Which begs the question: why would one have a mint first generation M3 with the wrong wheels?

I’m no expert on 928s, but this one looks like a mid-‘80s version. Its nose-up position was more striking in person than it appears in the photos.

Quite a pairing, isn’t it? The Volvo was almost cleaner than the Lotus, despite being 30 years its senior.

I ran into the Silver Dawn I wrote up again, this time outdoors. This and many of the exclusive British cars I’ve caught this year, such as this Bristol 406, is owned by an avid classic car collector and restorer. He even has his own museum. I need to find the time to go there, as it’s outside the city and only open on Sundays. I go by his house regularly, as it’s close to where I live and he likes to bring projects home sometimes…

Of course, one can also find some pretty cool English metal on other streets than that one. By way of an illustration, feast your eyes on the Mini of the month, ladles and jellyspoons.

Love the subdued dark red hue worn by this XJ40. Far from the best Jag, but still has a lot of class.

On the French side of things, the lone noteworthy Peugeot find was this 406 Coupé. Once again, it’s all about the colour: this is (in my view) the best one for this car.

Renault-wise, we have the usual late-model R4. There really is a fan base for these here. The small aftermarket wheel must make this ‘60s-designed FWD car (with no power steering) a lot harder to maneuver and park. Not a bright idea.

This was a banner month for 2CVs. Three sightings, no less. This one was a bit scruffy, but still seemed pretty sprightly (for a 2CV).

This light beige example was in better nick, though I’m not keen on those clichéd headlamp visors.

But the real star of the show, in my view, was this limited edition two-tone Dolly. Like the Charleston, the Dolly started off as a limited edition and gradually became a trim level for the 2CV’s final MYs, but this one is a genuine 1st edition model, made in 1985.

Added to that, it appears this car was sold as new in Japan (the license plate is very old). Apparently, a small number of 2CVs were sold new here in the ‘80s – albeit for a crazy sum of money, due to their being imported on demand and having to be specially fitted with a catalytic converter.

This is the very same CX that I wrote up not too long ago. Always nice to see an old friend out and about.

On the Italian side of things, the Fiat Multipla is one of those oddballs that never gets old. Although it’s far from new now – these were launched in 1998 and lasted until the 2004 facelift changed their character completely.

Yet another Lancia Delta HF Integrale. Had enough of these yet? This is the 16v version, which would make it a 1989-90 car.

The most sought-after version of the Lancia Y, if there is such a thing, would be this one: the 1997-2000 1.2 litre 16-valve Elefantino Rosso.

And finally, let’s see what the Big Three have in store for us this time. That greenish Chevy (model / year, anyone?) was out of bounds, unfortunately. But others were easier to get to…

Like this slightly overly accessorized black 1962 Impala convertible, which just glided past me down the street.

This Caprice looks like it’s an ’86, but I’m not the most Capriciously inclined guy on the planet, so I might well be off by a few MYs. They made these for eons anyways. The black grille looks aftermarket, but I kinda like it, compared to the stock item.

Can you believe the C5 turned 25 this year? Corvettes go fast, but time catches up eventually.

I’ve caught this one before, but it was in the darkness of the garage where it was being fixed up. It’s now on display in a well-lit showroom close by, so that warranted another snap. The flat roof and black paint make this the ideal ’59 Cadillac, as far as I’m concerned.

Who picks a late model Lincoln Town Car as daily transport in Tokyo? Not many people, probably. But not nobody.

Finally, a Grade A classic for the ages. Drum roll please for the sublime 1948 Plymouth Business Coupe. Nigh on impossible to photograph of course, but I still thought I’d share. The next couple months, one hopes, should be even more fruitful. Next episode in January 2022.