Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Count The Paykans#3

Row of Paykan Taxis waiting patiently for passengers...

Tuesday, June 29, 2010


Hunter Safari was a unique trim for the Australian market, can you imagine anything mightier than this grocery-getter?....

Thanks to Russell for this correction: Safari wasn't really a trim level. Chrysler Australia used to market station wagon (estate) versions of their cars as "Safari". So all Hunter wagons/estates were Safaris regardless of trim.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Grand Luxe

Pure Poshness...

Friday, June 25, 2010

Aged Shiraz

Shiraz, Iran. Photo by: zerega

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Hunt & Hunter

Ok... James Hunt didn't actually drive a Hillman Hunter, sorry to disappoint you handful of Hunt fans out there ;) Hunt was behind the wheel of a Camaro!

You can watch this absolutely Brilliant 8mm footage of the "1973 Avon Motor Tour of Britain" HERE.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010


This photo is from a brilliant set by: Mehrdad Naraghi

Monday, June 21, 2010

Focal Point

The number of newly imported cars in Iran has increased sharply in the recent years; you can get a taste of what you can buy these days over there in this blog: PersianCars. Don’t worry though there are still thousands of Paykans wandering around every day.

Photo by: amirsnaps

Sunday, June 20, 2010

At A Glance:

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Paykan Centrifuge


Footnote: In recent years in order to combat with Tehran's Air Pollution, they converted thousands of Paykans to accept LPG.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Singer Pickup

Nice try mate! But you didn't have to go through all the trouble, they are still making the Paykan Pick-Up in Iran! ;)

Post Update: It turned out that this car was originally a Singer Gazelle! With the Hunter MKIII front-end fitted at some point in it's turbulence life.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Paykan Benz#2

Iran 1 : 0 Germany ;)

Thanks to Ashkan for the picture, it was hanged in a cafe somewhere in Tehran.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Dog Beds

Nice looking Humber Sceptre MKIII, photos by mickyman13

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Paykan Lowrider#14

Thanks to my dear friend AmirPaykan for the pictures!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Royal Agricultural Show

The good old Hillman Hunter became "Chrysler Hunter" by the end of its life, some 10 years after Chrysler bought Rootes Group. Chrysler throw everything at the car then, the GLS front grille, newer bumpers and updated interior, it was the last attempt trying to sale even more of the decade old platform. Shortly after though, Chrysler sold Rootes to Peugeot and that was the last chapter of once the 3rd largest car maker in the UK.

I would love to know how many of these Chrysler Hunter they managed to sell. But if their target customers were at this agricultural show in Kenilworth, then the answer is not too many!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Mudwall Paykan

MOT Optional

These guys are having way too much fun out there!.........

Extremetrifle: On Boxing Day 2002, an unsightly collection of MOT failures gathered in a pub car park in Britain. What followed was the ultimate banger challenge. They said it couldn’t be done...they were nearly right...

4,000 miles across nine countries, 2 continents and the Sahara desert...oh and an unmarked minefield for good measure...

Cars costing £100 or less, MOT optional. No support crew, no back up.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Sad & Sadder...

I took the top picture on my last visit to Iran about two years ago, I just felt so sorry for the poor old Paykan. Then few days ago my dad send me the second picture... I couldn't believe it, it was the same car! Now being abandoned... ;(

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Ceauşescu's Paykan

Apparently this Paykan was a gift from Mohammad-Reza Shah to Nicolae Ceauşescu. It has Romanian registration; B is for Bucharest.