On Cars in Lucky Dog 1

On Cars in Lucky Dog 1

There will be some … one … spoiler(s)!

Cars are a strange thing in Lucky Dog 1 (LD1), especially if you pay close attention to the CGs.  There are three cars prominently depicted in the game: the red Alfa Romeo upon which the captains make their getaway, and Ivan’s Mercedes x 2 – one during the game and one he bought to replace the Valkyrie (snicker) after it was blown up.

gianscene12     ivanscene20

(Picture of Ivan’s Mercedes #2 can’t be shown because it’s in the 100% completion CG.)

The first and second have their steering wheels on the right, and the third has it on the left.

Now, it’d be simple to dismiss this discrepancy as a mistake on tennenouji’s part.  In fact, I think almost every one of us have (hence this article).  After all, they are a Japanese company, what do they know about American cars and traffic – (Americans and most other countries drive on the left, while Japan, England, and a few others drive on the right).  And even if they knew, Japan is famous for not getting foreign matters … questionably wrong.  One only needs to take a look at Engrish to get a feel of that.

Well … in this case, that’s not quite the case.  In fact, tennenouji have done their research very well.  Before I start the explanation, though, I’ll first have to say … I know nothing about vintage cars.  What I know here is what I know from a couple sources.

Now that that’s over with, let’s get started!  I’ve embedded some of the links to pictures (Google images), so click away!

  • It appears that there are many Alfa Romeo 8C(2300) units with steering wheels on the right side.  The one that appears in this game is one such car. This one was chosen because it was especially flashy.
  • It appears that there were several European cars that had steering on the right.  America has always been on the left, but at the time in Europe, England, France, Germany, Spain, and Italy, among others, had some models of automobiles of their own country’s make with steering on the right.  (Picutres: Bugatti ROYALE, BMW328, Bentley 4 1/2, and hispano-suiza TYPE 68.) (Remember, it’s “some units” of a make.  The BMW328, for example, has cars with steering on either left or right.) (On a side note, I was recently watching Godfather and found the car Apollonia was driving in Italy had its steering on the right.)
  • This may be due to the fact that racetracks in the northern hemisphere turn clockwise.  Because cars then had weaker engines with lower power and smaller tires with less grip, it may be more efficient to place the driver, and thus center the gravity, on the right side, which allows for more efficient cornering.  As such, most cars that have racing models also have steering wheels on the right.  Cars that don’t have racing models often have steering on the left.
  • Or perhaps, it is because the high-class cars of that time that were gathered in books from the post-70s were all customized vehicles, each one crafted to the buyer’s preferences, so there might just coincidentally be more units with right steering.  Ordinary people could only afford something like a Ford or Dodge…  These had only left steering.
  • As for Ivan’s car (Mercedes SS), it also had both left and right steering models.
  • Cars from the same make and model not only had different steering depending on the car, but the inside and fender also seemed to be different.

Thank you for reading.  As a reminder, despite having done their research, there is always the possibility of error because they have never seen these cars up close or in real life.  Even if the cars they drew really existed, they may not be the only appearance of that make and model, so the artists took a fair amount of artistic liberty.


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lauri ImWinter
    Aug 06, 2013 @ 17:53:09

    Thank you for the info – I always love to read such trivia, it’s so interesting!
    Also, references from real life are awesome.



  2. smile-festival
    Aug 17, 2013 @ 17:07:49

    Thanks for the information!
    I’d like to point out what I think is a grammatical error, though:
    “As for Ivan’s card (Mercedes SS)” should be car, not card, right?



  3. Lehst
    Oct 11, 2013 @ 12:34:48

    Hehe. Thanks to this game I ended up on Wikipedia a lot; read about a ton of stuff like prohibition, Mafia, weapons, etc. I did end up finding out what the different cars look like since Ivan made a huge fuss over his, and they do mention what they drive quite a bit throughout the story. Only after did I notice that yeah, the steering wheel was on the other side! Did some research (again) thinking it was because they were foreign cars. I admit though, the thought did cross my mind it could have been a mistake!

    I thought it was really, really funny when I went from reading about “Mustache Pete” to hearing the guys say that in the game like 10 minutes later. xD I was like, “wow, the extra reading paid off?!”



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