The Western phenomenon of being obsessed with everything retro / hipster / second hand / vintage hasn’t reached Pakistan in a notable extend yet, so “new” generally is still considered better than “old” – but some things are thought of the same way everywhere: one example being the fascination for vintage cars.
Today was the last day of a vintage car show held at a place close by, so while everybody else was busy studying for their upcoming exams, Sufian took a study break to take us to the show.
Right at the entrance, a very special car greeted the visitors with explanatory signs and photos telling its story: It used to belong to Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of the country Pakistan. Of course I had to get a picture with this piece of history:
Unfortunately the owner didn’t allow us to sit inside, but many other car owners were friendlier about it:
Huge car, isn’t it?
We don’t know for sure whether the car has always been like this or parts of it got lost over the years, but it did not have a complete floor! In fact, no floor at all, just the necessary construction parts for the engine and stuff (I don’t know much about cars) but there were big gaps through which you could see the ground and get some basic air conditioning for your feet. (I imagine one must have been careful not to drop anything or loose a flip-flop on the road)
There is still more to say about this particular car: It is an ambulance. At least it used to be one, once upon a time, and it still had the two benches in the spacious back part which you could see through the window behind our backs (but unfortunately not on the picture):
We strolled around the well visited place and saw all kinds of cars, taking pictures and occasionally asking if we could sit inside. They had them all: really fancy ones and really old ones…
From very colourful ones…
to very big ones…
and very small ones.
Looks even smaller if we exchange me through the tall Viv 😀
The Isetta may look like a toy car, but we still both fit in and if I’d have too much money on my hands, I think I would get myself one!
Here’s another thing I would get, if I’d have the money:
This is an old Volkswagen bus, converted into a complete living space and although it might seem like too small to include all features of a flat, nothing is missing and it even has a terrace on the roof and a ladder leading up to it! You might not be able to fit a whole family in there, but it’d definitely be big enough and good enough for me.
I’d probably paint it some different colour(s), but still… isn’t this awesome?! 😀