On my way to the Sommer’s Car Museum in Naerum, north of Copenhagen before Christmas, this caught my eye.
This is a car which bears close scrutiny. It has distinctive high level indicators and running lights, set over a nicely demarcated lamp-and-grille assembly.
And here is a little more.
The wheel is positioned in a satisfying way right under the c-pillar. The finish and quality of materials is very good, not what I expected. That’s true both inside and out. Japanese cars had a poor reputation in Ireland in the 1970s, due to insufficient rust protection. With electrophoretic paint treatment, differerent steel and some strategic zinc-coating this car would have been seen very differently now. The dislike people affected towards the styling is baffling: is this any more decoratively finished than equivalent Fords, Volvos or Mercedes of the day? Compared to a W-123 it’s quite reserved. Look at this DLO and its chrome frame.