magine you would have to drive a right-hand drive Jaguar in the city of Frankfurt, e.g.in a narrow car park. By the way – a car park in Tokio is up to 500€ a month and it is obligatory for car owners. On the other hand, however, there is a huge request for maximum originality as it is requested in the manufacturers' countries. In Japan, the maximum speed limit on highways is 100km/h (in some regions only 80km/h).
Consequently, the vehicles never reach their limits and therefore they are never worn out completely. The mileages are vastly low as those cars are mainly used for representation purposes and therefore they are not stuck in traffic jams like regular japanese vehicles. Nevertheless you are still supposed to check out the data as in Japan there are also vehicles with a high mileage. There is another advantage about japanese cars and this may be the decisive factor: road salt. Being the biggest enemy of a vehicle, road salt is not used on japanese roads. In Germany, cars with high corrosion damages are mainly vehicles from the Alp region whereas high humidity and the maritime climate have no negative effects on japanese cars.
With few exceptions, all japanese cars are stainless and in an excellent state of maintenance as their wealthy owners take a great deal in looking after their cars meticulously. Convertibles are special. Due to cultural reasons, convertibles are never driven open in the Far East. Therefore the interiors are never exposed to UV radiation and in a very good condition – after 20 years they seem almost to be new. The hardtop of the Mercedes SLR 129 is only taken off when inspected. This has no negative effect for its use as a convertible in Germany, except for a few blockages when the convertible has been opened for the first time.