Two long years ago I met two Jianhua JH6620 24V3000’s in Beijing, and today we have received a flock of period photos of the things. The Jianhua was an absurdly crazy so-called ‘classic wedding car‘, featuring an endless bonnet, a huge grille and shiny bumpers, gold mirrors the size of a plate, and spare wheels fitted into the sides!
A wondrous white Excalibur Series V Gran Limousine, Spotted in China high up in the mountains to the far north of the capital Beijing. The giant ‘Bur was dusty and dirty to the max, but otherwise in a reasonable shape, a bit of time and love and patience and money can really get this big retro sled back on the road again.
Two truly gigantic Lincoln Town Car stretched limousines, Spotted in China on a sunny summer day near the Third Ring Road in Beijing’s southern Fangzhuang residential area. The limousines belong to a local wedding company, and were for hire for 800 yuan per day, driver included. Just as I was clicking away a man in a gray t-shirt appeared on the right, waving and busy and all.
A massive Soar Automobile 1961 Rolls-Royce Phantom stretched limousine, Spotted in China at the M8 Luxury Car Mall in the great city of Shanghai by Reader Antoine Chalendard, thank you for the pictures! The Soar looks brand new, painted in virgin white with a heavily chromed grille shiny bumpers.
A majestic Soar Automobile 1961 Rolls-Royce Phantom stretched limousine, Spotted in China by Reader Richard in the great city of Jinan in Shandong Province, thank you for the photos! This particular example is painted in beige over red, and fitted with fog lights and giant shiny bumpers.
A giant Soar Automobile Rolls-Royce Phantom ‘wedding car, Spotted in China in the great city of Shanghai by Reader Matthijs van L., thank you for the pictures! This is the long-wheelbase version (SWB here), painted in virgin white with a loud and shiny grille, Rolls-Rolls stickers on the front doors, and wheels completely covered by soul-mirroring chrome.
The vehicle is ‘inspired’ by the 1961 Rolls-Royce Phantom. It is based on a Great Wall SUV platform and powered by a China-made Mitsubishi 2.4 four-cylinder petrol with 135hp and 200nm. She is a huge white whale: 6900/1920/1750, wheelbase is 4800 and weight is 2090kg. Shanghai is a good place for spotting Soar, earlier on we saw a golden LWB.
This is the completely mad Jianhua JH6620 24V3000 Wedding Car, times two, Spotted in China in the faraway Dongba area in far east Beijing. The two giant limousines stood abandoned on a lonely lot inside the premises of an abandoned real-estate project. There was nobody around so I had the time of my life with these two beautiful cars.
A huge Jinma QJM5022TYN6 Wedding Car, Spotted in China in the Beijing Classic Car Museum. This particular example is by far the most impressive Jinma I have ever seen. Fitted with a full-size soft top and a giant golden grille with matching headlights, bumper, and mirrors.
A gigantic Cadillac DeVille stretched limousine, Spotted in China on the Beijing Asian Games Village car market in Beijing. A monster of a car extended by a full four meters in the middle. I was ready to buy but it was sadly not for sale, but I could hire it for a hefty 800 yuan a day, including a driver. For my next wedding then!
Going through the old archives can be a bitch, seeing stuff you rather don’t want to remember. There are some exceptions, such as this brilliant Jinma QJM5022TYN6 two-door Wedding Car. I met this beauty, looking very abandoned at that time already, all the way back in the autumn of 2004 in the Longtan Hu Park in Beijing.