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The annual Vintage and Classic Car Show is expected to begin today at The Forum Mall’s car park in Karachi. Organised by the Vintage and Classic Car Club of Pakistan (VCCP), the event is now in its 11th edition and brings vintage and classic cars, as well as a few period motorcycles, from across the city, transporting us back to an era when vehicles ranged from wooden-framed, canvas-covered bodies to those made from solid silver.
Of the estimated 85 beauties that are expected to be showcased today, a few merit special mention.
One of these is a green, three-axle, 1920s Crossley hunting car, with bodywork by British coachbuilders Barker & Co and one of two ever built. From the collection of the Nawab of Bahawalpur, this vehicle exudes privilege, exclusivity and power. Ideal for a jungle safari, it has bunk beds, gun racks and spotlights.
The main attraction of the Show will be a VW Beetle; it is not just any Beetle, but the oldest model in Pakistan. This German car was stored away until its rusted remains were eventually reacquired after a decade long chase, and restored to its original splendour by Pakistan’s vintage car enthusiasts. This Beetle is a Phoenix, virtually identical to the model unveiled before Adolf Hitler by its creator Dr Ferdinand Porsche in 1938. It encapsulates many automotive design and mechanical ‘firsts’, but most of all, it is a testament to the lengths to which classic car fanatics go in their quest to rescue, rebuild and refurbish their machines.
Other noteworthy cars expected to be on display today include an early 1980s Rolls-Royce Silver Spurs and a similarly bodied Bentley, powered by a turbocharged engine. Keep your eyes peeled for the seldom showcased, white, 1959, Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud, since this rare car (limited models exist today) is also making a rare appearance at the show.
– Romano Karim Yusuf
First published in the ADBUZZZZ Section of The DAWN National Weekend Advertiser on March 9, 2014.