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Rolls-Royce at Tokyo

Rolls-Royce at Tokyo

Makuhari Messe, Japan

They might not sell as many "Rollers" in Japan as the company did in the high-flying 1980s, but the mammoth vehicles still catch the attention of any red-blooded Japanese male (and money-blooded lady, to turn a phrase). The new Rolls, unfortuinately, is one of the ugliest cars since the junkers, uh, we mean "Rollers", which the company produced in the 1970s and '80s. The Japanese still have a real genuine fondness for, and perhaps jealousy of, all things European and American. Their acceptance of the new Rolls-Royce must be an example of those deep feelings, which developed when their Emperor took a globe-trotting in the early part of the 20th century and came home to Japan sporting all sorts of European and American clothes, products, and even cars (which is why the earliest Japanese cars look a lot like the UK's Morris models of the day ... The earliest cars built in Japan were assembled out of "KDK", kncok-down kits, imported from England to Japan).

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