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.
The interior certainly looks roomy. Nice big windows.
What? No fold-down jump seats?
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.
And a Toyota Crown Super DX, I think from 1993, formerly a taxi:
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.
And last but not least — this driver isn’t leaving anything to chance. See what I mean? If not, look then look again.