Saturday, December 19, 2009

Friday, December 18, 2009

Fine Woodworking

A 40+ year old Paykan somewhere in Tehran. Photo from: Amir Andalibi.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The Finest Of The "4's"

You got give it to the Rootes guys here; they really thought about everything on this car, didn't they? Even the reverse light!... ;)

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Hunter In Perth

A Hunter in Perth, Australia, photo is from The Worst Of Perth blog.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Pranses E Sabz

Green Princess, somewhere in Iran.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Scotland To Rescue Iran Khodro

From Scotland on Sunday December 10, 2000. The Hillman Hunter was produced in Iran as Paykan (means Arrow in Farsi) from 1967 to 2005, and up to recent years was the sole transport of many Iranians. The latest figure I got so far is that 2,295,095 Paykans were produced up to the final year. The pick up version still is being produced by Iran Khodro.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

The Lockheed Mystery Continues...

These photos are among close to 2000 contact sheet photos that was discovered recently, you can read about them by clicking here: The Lockheed Mystery.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

William Hillman's Wildest Dreams

I found it fascinating to know that name Hillman goes all the way back to the 19h Century. I bet you that William Hillman himself never even in his wildest dreams saw a time in which a car originally carrying his name, could be produced in Persia for nearly 40 years! Its a shame so many of those early car makers are now gone. Car industry has gone so competitive for the past 30-40 years that companies such as Rootes Group simply didn't had a chance to survive.

From Coventry Transport Museum:

William Hillman was a key figure in the beginnings of the cycle and motor industries in Coventry. Born at Lewisham in 1847, Hillman first apprenticed in Marine Engineering before he moved to Coventry in the late 1860s along with George Singer and others. Working closely with James Starley in the development of the velocipede, by 1875 he had gained enough experience to form his own cycle business – that of Hillman & Herbert. One of Hillman’s most famous machines was the ‘Kangaroo’ a revolutionary geared front-driven safety cycle, as well as ‘Premier’ models.

In 1892, the company changed its name to the Premier Cycle Company – claiming to be the largest cycle manufacturers in the world by 1896. At this time, the motor industry was in its infancy in Great Britain, and at the forefront of this development was Coventry. Some cycle manufacturers such as the Humber Company and Bayliss, Thomas and Company acted quickly, releasing motor-driven bicycles and tricycles, yet Hillman himself waited until 1902 to develop an experimental motor-bicycle.

It was not until 1910 that he would seriously enter the motorcycle market, offering Premier motorcycles. Hillman cars were of more conventional and economic proportions of 9 to 12hp through to WWI.

Hillman himself died in 1921, and by 1928 the company was absorbed into that of the Rootes Brothers Empire, seeing the introduction of the ‘Wizard’ and ‘Minx’ models in the 1930s.

The last car to carry the Hillman name was the Avenger introduced in 1970 until the final models in 1981.