2012 Beijing Auto Show: Capture The Real Red Flag
So today The Tycho, proprietor of Carnewschina and expert on Mao-era-revival cars, intercepts me at the show and says: “You did it all wrong! You talked about the H7, but showed the L7!”
“I beg your pardon?”
It turns out he was right as usual. In my piece on the Red Flag car, the wrong pictures were added to the wrong text. Corrected. As a make-good, here the ultimate L7/H7 pictorial.
This is the L7. Based on a Landcruiser chassis. And with the full frontal perspective, as demanded by Comrade Karesh.
For people who are more into bootie.
Rims with Mao-era inset.
This is the H7. This one truly based on a Toyota Crown.
From the side.
Even this car will save the planet – if a large enough battery is ever found. And a substation to go with it.
Revolutionary hood ornament.
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