Sunday, September 13, 2015

Vintage car lovers: Do you remember this car?

A few days back I went to a nearby market for grocery shopping and the moment I came out of my car, another car partially visible stopped me right in my tracks - for I was seeing something that I first saw in early 60s - more than 50 years ago, when I was hardly six or seven years of age.

In an instant, my cell phone came out of my pocket and I moved towards 'this' car in sea green to take a few shots. Have you recognised and remembered this car, if you happen to be of my age, you would. Yes it is a Morris Minor 1000 car that first came into Pakistan in early 60s. I remember it vividly as a next day neighbour bought this while I was living in Lahore. 

British Morris Minor was built as an economy car in 1948 and its model 1000 came in 1956 continued to be produced till 1971. By February 1961 the Morris Minor became the first British car to sell more than 1,000,000 units.

In Pakistan, most of the Morris Minor 1000s were seen in Rawalpindi and a time came when this car had almost vanished from all other cities of the country, Morris Minor 1000s were still used as Taxis  - I believe till 1980s.

However, there are still some people fond of vintage cars, who have preserved this car and is spotted occasionally as did I. I waited for the owner for almost half an hour to ask him about his passion of keeping this car - but finally had to abandon my plan and buy the grocery to go home.

On Facebook, the present prime minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif is also seen sometimes posing with his Morris Minor 1000 when he was studying in Government College Lahore. 

Another famous artist Ajaz Anwar of Lahore is also still maintaining and even driving his Morris Minor as can be seen him posing with his car in Lahore above (Photo Courtesy Ajaz Anwar's Facebook Page).

Do you like vintage cars or know someone still maintaining this once most widely used cars in Pakistan?

I originally wrote this post in my blog Jaho Jalal awhile ago - here I am sharing the same for the lovers of vintage cars.

Know more about Morris Minors at Wikipedia

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