KARACHI: All of the country’s top vintage car collectors were there with their prized possessions at the launch of Pakistan’s first online vintage car museum at the Quaid-i-Azam House Museum here on Saturday.
Karim Chhapra was there with his salvaged 1924 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost which the Quaid-i-Azam had also traveled in when originally owned by the Nawab of Bahawalpur.
Sharing his point of view with Dawn to have an online museum for the country’s vintage and classic cars, he said there has been a need for a very long time. “We, the collectors of these cars, were even given a promised land in order to have a vintage car museum in Karachi, which never happened. So since we don’t have land, we can at least have an online museum,” he said.
Liaquat Malik, another classic car collector, who was there with his ivory white 1961 Mercedes 190 SL and his cheerful bright yellow 1951 MG TD, said it was the time of social media so such a museum was the need of the hour. “We’re going to showcase our automotive heritage to the world,” he said.
Mansoor-ul-Islam, known for recreating classic cars with his own hands, arrived with his ivory 1938 Rolls Royce Wraith. He also thought having such a museum was a brilliant idea.
Shoaib Qureshy, the owner of the online museum, said the idea came to him about two and a half years ago during the Covid-19 shutdowns. “We often hold vintage car shows to share our hobby and beautiful cars with the general public, but we wanted a single platform for this purpose where most of our cars could be showcased. This is the Pakistan’s first online museum for vintage cars where we can show the best of these cars not only in our country but also in the world,” he said.
“Look around you,” he said, pointing to the Porsches, Jaguars, Rolls Royces, Mercedes, etc., parked in the U-shaped parking lot of the Quaid-i-Azam house museum.
“We have so many gems here. From 80 cars, the antiquecars.com.pk website will feature 100 cars at a time as we want to maintain quality over quantity. The oldest car is the 100-year-old 1922 Amilcar C4 from Islamabad and the youngest is a 35-year-old 1987 BMW two-door coupe from Karachi. We also have the two cars that belonged to Miss Fatima Jinnah, her 1955 Cadillac Series 62 convertible and her 1965 Mercedes Benz 200 in a virtual museum,” he added, pointing to the two cars parked in their glass-enclosed garage just there after restoration by the President of the Vintage and Classic Car Club of Pakistan, Mohsin Ikram.
Other cars in the collection include rare, iconic and globally valuable vintage cars such as a 1930 Cadillac V16, 1926 Renault, 1930 Packard, 1935 Chevrolet Master, 1949 Lincoln Continental V12, a 1954 Austin Healey, a 1958 Corvette, a 1963 Porsche 356, a 1966 Aston Martin DB6 and a 1966 Amphicar.
As well as showcasing the classic cars and sharing their history on the museum’s website, they will also have branded merchandise in the form of t-shirts, caps, and more.
Posted in Dawn, May 16, 2022