I started to take notice of this phenomenon when I was completing an ink drawing of a Mercedes 190e. The vehicle's Wiki page stated something along the lines that most intact and original models of the 190e are sold and owned by individuals in Japan. I found that interesting but thought little of it afterward.

Then, last week maybe, I watched an episode of EVO Drives (or whatever it's called) on YouTube in which some old English Muffin was talking up his purchase of a Lancia Delta. He mentioned that it was the cleanest model he could find and that he bought it from some guy in... that's right... Japan. By this time, I had begun to put the pieces together.

Cut to right before I half-heartedly arranged this post: down-stage sits Kake, Wiki-ing the Bentley Speed 8 (thanks alot, YourStereotypicalIndian). An anemic article to say the least; full, as it is, of Audis and Peter Elleray. It was to my surprise, then, that I continued to read that one of the three Speed 8s had been sold to a Japanese collector following the end of the Bentley racing program (and then to an American, but this post isn't about Americans, is it?).

So what's the deal, Lucille? I know that Japanese people love to modify their domestically-manufactured cars, so why spare the others? Excuse my broad strokes, but is it because Japanese people are usually pretty detail-oriented? If that were true, I guess it would make sense that the meticulous maintenance of an older automobile would jibe well with the Japanese mindset.

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Why in the world did I just write this?

Also, oh my GAD, that Japanese guy totally daily-drives an old Porsche 962C. Ha! Beat you to it.