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For auto enthusiasts, viewing classic cars remains a popular pastime. And while there are several such vehicles on display in museums across Pakistan (including Mr Jinnah’s 1938 Packard and 1947 Cadillac which are housed in his mausoleum and Justice Cornelius’ Wolseley, which is displayed at the Supreme Court Museum in Islamabad), and at classic car shows that are held frequently, many vintage cars remain neglected.
One such car is a Ford T once owned by Sir John Hubert Marshall, a prominent archaeologist who excavated, catalogued and published material on the ancient remains of Harappa, Taxila and Mohenjo-daro at the turn of the 20th century.
The Ford T was popularly referred to as the ‘Tin Lizzie’ and there are several theories about how it got its nickname, including one that suggests that it was named so because it looked like a tin can. The car was simple to operate, rugged and affordable, and mass-produced between 1908 and 1927.