Spotted in China: Volkswagen Passat B4

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A fine Volkswagen Passat sedan, Spotted in China in the far east of the capital. The old ‘Wagen was dusty and dirty, on an admittingly dirty day, but otherwise in a good shape and still in use as a daily driver. The left front light has gone to the yellow heaven and needs an urgent replacement because this looks ugly!

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Body, paint, and plastics were all very good and there was no rust or rot in sight. Beijing was always a very safe place for cars because it was so dry, with barely a few days of rain and snow a year. That however is changing, last year we had shiploads of the wet stuff falling from the skies. This whole climate chance thing is starting to endanger my cars!


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Interior clean and original bar for the typical Chinese seat covers and an air-freshener in the air vent.

The Volkswagen Passat B4 was manufactured from 1993 until 1997 in sedan and wagon form. The B4 was available with a long range of petrol and diesel engines, the smallest was a 1.6 liter four and the largest a 2.9 liter VR6. All were mated to a five-speed manual, like we have here, or a four-speed auto.


Wheel covers are original. Note the very subtle integrated spoiler on the boot lid.


Santana license plate frames are a later Chinese addition. Passat GL badge is original, with ‘GL’ being the second highest trim level after GT and before L and CL. The Passat B4 was never officially sold in China so seeing one on the road is a rare pleasure, and seeing one in such a fine shape is just miraculous.


Font design screams speed, especially those esses in the middle.


License plate is very old and likely period. A great German car in a great city. May she ride a many miles more!

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