I recently trekked out to China to cover the biennial Beijing Auto Show. I had some time to kill before and after the event, so I walked around to get to know the Chinese capital a little better.
Beijing is one of the best places in China for car-spotting, but that’s not saying much. Old cars are few and far between; a taxi driver told me that the only place to see a car from the 1980s in Beijing is in a museum. That’s an exaggeration, make no mistake, but let’s just say that an early 1990s Volkswagen Santana is borderline ancient by Chinese standards. You can imagine the look I get when I mention I drive around in a 1972 Beetle.
That said, I’ve compiled the few interesting cars I saw lurking in the Chinese capital into a gallery. Have you ever spotted a classic — or something offbeat — in China? Tell us your story in the comments section below.