Tokyo’s retro car owners revel in modern classics

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Fast and furious they aren’t, but for a group of Japanese retro car enthusiasts the sleek lines and high shine of their old-school models hold a much more special charm.

A loose club of fans rolls up most weekends in central Tokyo to show off their Cadillacs, Chevrolets and other modern classic vehicles from the mid to late 20th century.

“Each time I drive it, I still get a thrill. There aren’t many vehicles that give you that feeling,” Masamune Isogai told AFP of his Knight Rider replica — a Pontiac Trans Am, the car made famous by the hit 80s TV drama.

Sliding into the driver’s seat — which he calls the cockpit — he is surrounded by futuristic displays, illuminated buttons and a wheel that looks like an oversized gaming controller.—AFP

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