A wondrous white Ford Mustang convertible on black license plates, Spotted in China on a car market in east Beijing. The good Ford was in great shape; paint was smooth, the hood was as new, no rust or rot, and original down until the wheels.
The fourth generation Mustang was made from 1993 until 2004 with a facelift in 1999. This white Beijing car is a pre-facelift example.
Note how close the lever of the automatic ‘box is to the dashboard.
The 4th-gen ‘Stang was available with various V6 and V8 engines. Our white beauty is a base car powered by a 3.8 liter V6 with 145 horses and 292nm, mated to a four-speed auto, sending horses to the rear wheels.
They don’t make badges like this anymore…
3-spoke alloys with the Mustang in the middle.
Black license plates were issued to foreign owned companies from the 1980’s to the early 00’s. These companies could buy a car locally, and they were also allowed to import their own cars.
In the old days black-plated cars had some privileges comparable to diplomatic cars; no police officer would dare to stop them and they could basically park wherever they wanted without fear of a fine.
Nowadays, a black-plated car is counted just like all the others. The government does not issue new black plates anymore but those who have one can keep it until eternity.