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6 minutes ago, Tadhg Tiogar said:

Not one RHD amongst them. The Japanese like LHD because "exotic"

I've heard of Minis & other British cars being imported as LHD for this reason.

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58 minutes ago, Richard_FM said:

I read that the 2CVs weren't classified as Kei cars in Japan, even the 435cc ones, because they were over the set dimensions.

Some American spec SMs were exported to Japan when it became too hard to meet the American regulations.

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Interesting as this is taken from a 1978 brochure, even though SM production ended in 1975. Presumably Citroen had a few US market models that never landed in the states, hence why they shipped what was lying around in American customs across the Pacific. They couldn't sell many in the states after changes to bumper safety regulations were put into action, and due to the differentiating ride height with the hydropneumatic suspension system (which the US regulators weren't fond of) Citroen found themselves in a sticky situation. I wonder if they managed to flog a few of the US-spec SMs to Canada? Maybe the Canadians adapted the same regulations as their American counterparts.

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22 hours ago, Austat said:

Opel Diplomat V8

 

Must confess .. I don't dress up like that when I go to buy me spuds.   Must be why I'm not accompanied by an alien-head who likes to dress up in drag. :lol:

Sadly the Opel is far less interesting than the background scene and the white Zephyr 4.  At first glance I thought it (the Zephyr's) had a horn sticking out above its bumper ( ..for scaring the b'jeepers out of pedestrians ! ? ) but it is of course the feature sidelight of that model. 

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On 5/3/2021 at 11:20 AM, Richard_FM said:

I read that the 2CVs weren't classified as Kei cars in Japan, even the 435cc ones, because they were over the set dimensions.

Some American spec SMs were exported to Japan when it became too hard to meet the American regulations.

Yep, the 2CV is actually a surprisingly large car. The 'footprint' of K-cars is just as important as the engine size, I think the only of European origin is the Smart Fortwo. Think Wagon R+ for a modern K-car - a tall box. Note that the K-car requirements were even tighter in the past. Seems a good idea though that we should learn from in the UK - could help keep people away from SUVs.

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