Sunday, February 28, 2010

Kerkyra Humber

One of my favorite photos I have received so far. This Humber Sceptre was spotted by my friend Kamshots at Kerkyra or known in English as Corfu. It is like a scene from a neorealism movie-set, isn't it?

Amendment: This car most likely is a Sunbeam Sceptre, since Rootes used the Humber brand only in the UK.

Update to the Amendment: It turned out that Rootes did use the Humber name in southern Europe, here is an example of LHD Humber Sceptre in Spain.

Friday, February 26, 2010

The Horror! The Horror!...

Somebody STOP these massacres!... Where is the UN when you need them!!?... I'm just too traumatized to write more... ;/

Special thanks to Hossein Babaei for these beautiful photos; he took them 2 years ago in Shiraz, Iran.

Paykan Lowrider #9 (UK Edition)

Please don't let this post confuse you. Even though this is a Hillman Hunter located in the UK, but this one falls into my "Paykan Lowriders" category. It's Iranian owner has just so exquisitely transformed this Hunter into a Paykan, I mean even up to changing the bumpers with the Paykan's square ones, wow!

What I really would love to see though, is the reaction of all those pensioners to this car at the next Rootes gathering. Hopefully he can explain to them why Her Majesty's Crown is getting so dangerously close to the The Bald Eagle! ;)

Friday, February 19, 2010

More Burgundy

I Have featured this amazing looking Paykan with basket weaves wheels before. This car is like a time capsule, it has all the correct badges and trim, just like how it left the IranNational factory before the Revolution.

The badge on the front door says Paykan, which means Arrow in Farsi. You non Farsi speakers, I guess you probably figured it out by yourself, didn't you? There is an arrow going right through it! :) After the 1979 revolution Paykans got de-contented, they lost most of their chrome and embellishments, so the older models are desirable and a clean one like this is very hard to find.
Ah... forgot to mention that the "Persian Rug" floor mats were not factory option. ;)

Special Thanks here to AmirPaykan for the photos. Agha Khielie Mokhlesim!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Beige Wagon

Very clean example of MKI Hunter wagon, somewhere in the UK. This car reminds me of my Uncle's beige Paykan wagon he used to have in Iran. My cousin and I used to get in the back and enjoy getting disorientated by going forward backwards. I can still remember the car's horrendous rattles, which mainly came from the tailgate, it was so loose I was worried it could fly off at any moment and would leave my cousin and I clinging to nothing but the carpet back there, imagine that! ;)

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Air Conditioner?

Or perhaps.... it could be an ice dispenser. Your guess is as good as mine...

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Paykan Nokhodi

Paykan drawing by Nokhodi.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Super Interior

Hunter MkI dash has been my favorite among the Hunter range, no wonder Rootes also used it on the posh Humber Sceptre. I mean just look at this interior, isn't it so inviting?... ;)

 Correction: Humber Sceptre dash is unique.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Bounty Hunter

A Demolition Derby in UK? With a Hillman Hunter?... Stop these atrocities please! ;(

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Friday, February 12, 2010

Hunter Topaz

I believe Hunter Topaz trim level was introduced in 1975 in very limited numbers. I'm not sure how many of them are still around.
Why you should have bought a Topaz? I mean how could you have turned down Fawn Brushed Vinyl Seats?... ;)

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Doubt No More

This is for you skeptics out there who didn't, or couldn't believe my other post. Yes, it is true that the Hillman Hunter's Tail-Lamps were used on the Aston Martin Vantage.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Golden Bird

Old photos of an early model Paykan in a Rally. These photos are from Motorcycle And Automotive Federation of Iran.

Monday, February 8, 2010


Don't ask me how this Hunter GLS has turned Pink! Maybe the owner thought he needed to somehow balance the viciousness of the 93Hp engine ;) Or was this factory color from Rootes?

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Secret Lining

Somewhere in Tehran, photo by Kamshot

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Hunter & Mini

Today's post is dedicated to my friend Nic, who recently acquired an Austin Mini. Nic, without your vast knowledge of the British car industry and your valuable guidance, PaykanHunter would not be possible. May you find this picture to be yet another kick in the teeth mate! ;0)

Friday, February 5, 2010

The Conqueror.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

2009 Tehran-Shomal Classic Car Rally

Really mint early model Paykan in the 2009 Tehran To Shomal Classic Car Rally. There are more photos of this rally at:

Photo by: Alireza Behpour

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Childhood In Tehran

These photos are from Die Wucht's Childhood In Tehran Set. She and her family used to live in Iran from 1977-1979. This is her brother in the red jacket, in front of their mom's Paykan in 1978.

Many Thanks to Die Wucht.

Paykan In Australia?!

Ok... This is getting really interesting now. Who would have thought that a Paykan Pickup could be found in Australia?! These pictures were taken by fellow Iranians in Australia who accidentally spotted this Paykan and had a bit of a chat with it's Australian owner.
He has purchased 3 Paykan Pickups from Iran, while traveling there. He thought that Paykans were durable cars and could use them for his business traveling needs.
It is not really clear if he made them into right-hand-drive himself, or potentially these were special ordered from Iran Khodro. If you know more information about this please let me know.