Look, then look again: fender mirrors

New Toyota JPN Taxi Concept taxi

Toyota’s upcoming JPN Taxi Concept taxi

In my November 19 column in The Japan Times, I wrote about the rather special rear-view mirrors you see on the front of Japanese taxi cabs. I promised to post some photos of vehicles equipped with fender mirrors, including a sneak peek at Toyota’s soon-to-be-released taxi cab, the JPN Taxi Concept.

The JPN looks suspiciously like an SUV to me, but the company says it borrowed design elements from London’ iconic black cabs.

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The interior certainly looks roomy. Nice big windows.

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What? No fold-down jump seats?

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Now, here’s a real classic car with fender mirrors. Many thanks to reader Graham who identified it for me as a 1968/69 Daihatsu Compagno Spider.

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And a Toyota Crown Super DX, I think from 1993, formerly a taxi:

Toyota Crown Super DX

In the “here’s something you don’t see everyday” department, a Mazda Eunos Roadster with fender mirrors from an Alfa Romeo. According to the owner’s account, the modification was for looks, not function.

A Mazda Roadster with Alfa mirrors added

A Mazda Roadster with Alfa mirrors added

And last but not least — this driver isn’t leaving anything to chance. See what I mean? If not, look then look again.

car with side mirrors and fender mirrors

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2 Responses to Look, then look again: fender mirrors

  1. Anthony says:

    The JPN Taxi concept is interesting. I agree that there is something SUV about it, but I can also see that there is some of that London cab in them too. I wonder how accessible it is for Japan’s aging population.
    Does Tokyo regulate the style of taxi? Is only one colour or brand allowed? Just curious..

  2. Graham says:

    The red convertible is a 1968/69 Daihatsu Compagno Spider ( I own two of these )

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