In Japan a dazzling line-up of the world's most expensive sports cars went on display on Thursday (28 July).
In Japan a dazzling line-up of the world's most expensive sports cars went on display on Thursday (28 July). Like all motorshows, the World 'Supercar' Fair in Tokyo attracted crowds of admiring schoolboys.
SYNOPSIS: They queued up well before the opening at the Harumi international trade centre to be among the first to see the gleaming sports cars, some of which haven't been seen in Japan before.
There's a big craze for the so-called supercars in Japan, and if you can afford one, it's an instant status symbol. But the big drawback is the cost -- the cars, like this Ferrari Panther, are all imported, and sell for anything up to 40-thousand dollars.
More and more of the supercars are being imported, though, particularly from Italy, with its world famous stable of Lamborghinis, Alfa-Romeos, Ferraris, and Maseratis.
A big crowd puller was the Lamborghini Countach, one of the models on show in Tokyo for the first time.
Here's another Lamborghini. This one's called the Silhouette. It's one of the newest of the 50 supercars on show, as production only started a few months ago.
And here's one of the elite -- it's only the second of its kind in the world. Nicknamed the black bullet, the Lamborghini LP-500 has a top speed of 315 kilometres an hour, which is fast enough to make even some racing cars look slow.
Supercars are definitely 'in' in Japan -- there's even a hit song about them.But, like most expensive luxuries, their market is strictly limited.