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    Default First Pakistani Car - "THE RED CAR"

    A TRUELY INSPIRING STORY.


    (May be a Re-Post but very interesting and worth reading )


    The very first car built & registered in Pakistan.

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    This is the first car ever made and registered in Pakistan. It was designed and built by Hamid Omar in 1967.

    The chassis was built from angle iron left over from transmission tower construction.

    Metal body was all hand built.

    It had a 200cc rope start pump engine.

    The cruising speed was 40 mph.

    Lambrettra scooter tyres.

    Was in regular daily use for over 10 years.

    Was registered with great difficulty in Lahore in 1968.

    There is a story behind this, told by Hamid Omar:

    When I went to get this car registered, they wanted the Bill of Lading, the import documentations like the B/L (bill of lading), country, manufacturer. Since the car was made here, none of these papers were there, and they said that it is no car can be registered without these documents. There was no precedent - so at that time after lots of trips to various govt. offices, Lahore's DIG Traffic finally agreed to inspect the car. He took a test drive around the block, and then gave the order to have it registered.

    I used the car for two years in Lahore and then three years in Karachi. Then Ahmad Omar used it for 3 years, then Taimur Mumtaz used it for a further two years.

    Sabiha Omar:

    We would go to movie theatres in this car. This car was very popular, especially amongst the youngsters. It was also 'illegal' to built cars back then in Pakistan. Thus the difficulty in registration.

    Hamid Omar:

    In IBA, four of us would pile into this car to drive from the hostel to the camp. In those days, IBA used to be outside Karachi, so four us would pile into the car and drive to the city.

    Originally the car had a soft top, but then for the rest of its life the top was never used. Only two people could sit inside with the top on, so without the top, an additional two would be sitting on the rear 'dikki'.

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    A closeup of the side of the car as the paint job is being completed.

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    Details of the engine, transmission, and the rear suspension of the car.

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    At the workshop of the mechanic in Lahore where the final engine tuning and other other mechanical work was being done.

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    My most sincere salute goes to all ,who built this great little car and all their hard work. Bravo.
    "Inna mal a'maalu binniya"
    "Actions are based upon intentions"

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    Nice post!

    @Gamezbond

    1. Any idea of what engine / drivetrain the car used?

    2. Is it still preserved by anyone?

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    @nasir007
    You are very welcome Nasir bhai.
    "Inna mal a'maalu binniya"
    "Actions are based upon intentions"

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    @Cylestyne
    LOl. :p yeh only a bit slower
    "Inna mal a'maalu binniya"
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    http://offroadpakistan.com/blog/first_pakistani.html


    Topic by the owner or so it says,and a few details of what its like these days

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    Interesting story.
    B DIFFERENT 4RM OTHERZ

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    Great just great.I would love to own one...(Y)(Y)
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    I shall second exactly what Spectra said.

    Any one has any idea where this actual car is now??? Is it still in existance???
    If there are no Beetles in heaven, Im not going!!!

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    Why doesn't one of you try to contact the owner/creator and restore this car?. It would be a great project and also an effort to restore a small , but significant part of your country's automotive history(i say this only because this car was born out of someone's creative vision).
    Age is a very high price to pay for maturity.

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    On the blog post:

    Hamid Omar on January 5, 2006 3:22 AM

    In those times, as long as you had a car/transport/beautiful machine!!!!/whatever!!! but for that time it was really something!
    The car is in pieces now, as it is in the initial stages of being restored by AO & KO. The color is going to Ferrari red, as it used to be when originally made.
    This comment was made by a person with a tested IQ of negative 9.

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    ^^^^

    That was in 2006. Any news on the progress of the restoration job?.
    Age is a very high price to pay for maturity.

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    @hooker100
    Thanks.
    It seems like a single cylinder 200cc big bore engine, cos would need quite a bit of torque to move with 4 people. It probably was a good choice as if it was a twin cylinder, it might not have been that torquey, anyway, it lasted for 10 years!!!

    But apparently it is still in one piece and is being restored (The original blog where i got the story from, says "The car is in pieces now, as it is in the initial stages of being restored by AO & KO. The color is going to Ferrari red, as it used to be when originally made."
    "Inna mal a'maalu binniya"
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    nice topic...
    I don,t believe in taking right decisions, i take decisions and make them right !

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    i wish we had more people like him.
    Truly inspiring. worth it
    It's been a long journey

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    pakistan so good in those days... ppl used their energies in good things!
    Addicted to Adrenaline!

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    I don't know why it hasn't been brought up, but Bilal Chaudhry, who is a PakWheels member, made his own car. It's all pipes and a flat frame, but it's a running car with a 4A-GE (FE?) powertrain. I wonder if he got his desi Ariel Atom registered? :^)
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    After looking at that ugly jalopy I'm glad they couldnt get it into production.

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    great(y)
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    @GamezBond

    Thanks for an informative post reminding us of our automobile history, good stuff
    -Allah meherban tau gadha pehlwan

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    @umarbangash
    :-)
    Pakistan is still good, and plenty of good people about everywhere. We usually only notice and complain bad people thats all (including myself too), and appreciate the good ones very little.
    There are some very good engineers, and very creative people, and I know quite afew in Lahore (at least) who modify engines/ change gear boxes etc.
    But it is true that in those days people had a bit more time on their hands, while now, we focus on "new" things, like movies, earning even more money than we already have, etc etc and dont have much time for our hobbies. :-)
    "Inna mal a'maalu binniya"
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    @JumboJet
    We probably do have many more people like that, probably just keeping a low profile, and not appeciated by the govt or private companies, thats all.
    "Inna mal a'maalu binniya"
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