The First Online Antique Car Museum In Pakistan Has Opened
May 19, 2022 / By Zunair Tahir / Automotive News
At the unveiling of Pakistan’s first online Antique Cars Museum at the Quaid-i-Azam House Museum here on Saturday, all of the country’s top antique automobile collectors were there, along with their cherished treasures.
Karim Chhapra was there with his resurrected 1924 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost, in which the Quaid-i-Azam had also travelled while it was owned by the Nawab of Bahawalpur.
He told Dawn that there has always been a demand for an online museum dedicated to the country’s antique and classic cars. “We, the collectors of these automobiles, were even promised land for a vintage car museum in Karachi, which never materialized.” So, because we don’t have the property, we’ll have to make do with an internet museum,” he explained.
Another antique automobile collector, Liaquat Malik, who was there with his 1961 ivory white Mercedes 190 SL and his brilliant yellow 1951 MG TD, remarked that because it was the age of social media, such a museum was necessary. “We will show the world our automotive legacy,” he stated.
Mansoor-ul-Islam, who is famed for hand-building historic vehicles, arrived in his ivory 1938 Rolls Royce Wraith. He also believed that such a museum would be a fantastic idea.
The idea for the online museum occurred to Shoaib Qureshi during the Covid-19 lockdowns two and a half years ago, he claimed. “We frequently attend vintage car exhibitions to promote our interest and our magnificent automobiles with the general public, but we needed a single platform for this purpose where we could display the majority of our vehicles.” This is the first online museum for vintage automobiles in Pakistan, where we can display the greatest of these vehicles not only in Pakistan but throughout the world,” he added.
“Look about you,” he added, pointing to the Porsches, Jaguars, Rolls Royce’s, Mercedes, and other luxury cars parked in the Quaid-i-Azam House Museum’s u-shaped parking lot.
“There are so many treasures here. Starting with 80 vehicles, antiquecars.com.pk will feature 100 vehicles at a time in order to retain quality above quantity. The oldest automobile on display is a 100-year-old 1922 Amilcar C4 from Islamabad, while the newest is a 35-year-old 1987 BMW two-door coupe from Karachi.
We also have Miss Fatima Jinnah’s two cars, her 1955 Series 62 Convertible Cadillac and her 1965 Mercedes Benz 200, in a virtual museum,” he said, gesturing to the two cars parked in their glass garage right there after restoration by Mohsin Ikram, president of the Vintage and Classic Car Club of Pakistan.
A 1930 Cadillac V16, 1926 Renault, 1930 Packard, 1935 Chevrolet Master, 1949 Lincoln Continental V12, 1954 Austin Healey, 1958 Corvette, 1963 Porsche 356, 1966 Aston Martin DB6 and a 1966 Amphicar are among the other worldwide rare, iconic, and costly antique vehicles in the collection.
They will have branded products in the shape of T-Shirts, hats, and other items in addition to displaying the antique automobiles and telling their histories on the museum website.
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