Tuesday, November 30, 2010


Paykan station wagon, probably shot around late 70s.

Monday, November 29, 2010


Speaking of beautiful sophisticated women, this is a 1967 advert by Rootes for the French market.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Now That You're Back...

A Sunbeam Vogue (which was the LHD export version of Singer Vogue), starring as a "Paykan surrogate" in this video from Kaiser(Gheysar). The car belongs to an Iranian in Sweden, and the clip was shot over there. Also I need to point out something here to all you good looking Persian girls out there, I got a white Paykan myself too, fancy a ride?!... ;)

By the way if you want watch Part1 of the video click here. Thanks to my friend Reza for the tip.

Saturday, November 27, 2010


A Hunter Royal spotted on the Sydney's inner west side.
Photo by: highplains68

Friday, November 26, 2010

Mad Max Paykan!

What on earth?!!!.... :@

Swept Under

This is a LHD Humber Sceptre trim, which makes it a Sunbeam Sceptre, since Rootes only used the Humber brand in the UK. And for the location my guess is Corfu.

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

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Can We Borrow a Chador?

A book by Roger Tagg, he and his wife traveled around Iran from 1973 to 1975. Cover Image from: thermionic

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


This is Woolfie Hill and his Dad's 67 Hillman Minx, it lasted for 6 years and ended up with an engine out of a 1970 Singer Gazelle estate. In the end structural problems got the better of it, and when it went it was like losing a member of the family. This photo was taken back in 1982.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Pin Magnet

Red Singer

Speaking of red...

Saturday, November 20, 2010


Persepolis F.C. fans showing off their red color.

Correction: With all due respect, they are Tractor Sazi F.C. fans!
Sorry for my mistake ;@ Thanks to Reza for spotting this mistake.

Friday, November 19, 2010


This is Barry's Humber Sceptre, it's off the road at the moment awaiting some welding, but he wants to sorted out and use it as his daily driver. Sounds like a plan to me Barry! Good luck, and thanks for the pictures.

Thursday, November 18, 2010


Translation: Paykan is the corollary of engineers' ingenuity, and labor’s hard work in Iran.

Notice that there is no mentioning of British Engineers, maybe IranNational were trying to save them the embarrassment in the future. ;)

Thanks to Nader for submitting this lovely old Paykan advert.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


Although that this blog is about the Arrow series, but I am oblige to mention the Subeam Rapier Coupe Fastback, which was an attempt by Rootes to "stylized" the Arrow platform.

The Arrow Rapier launched in October 1967, was a coupé based on the chassis of the Hillman Hunter Estate. Although the Rapier used the tail lamps and rear valance from the Hunter Estate, the rest of its structure was unique. In all, 46,204 were produced from 1967-76.

Ok... lets get back to our PaykanHunter business shall we?... ;)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


OH No!!! A copyright lawyer is gonna get really busy this morning at Blue Oval! ;)

Monday, November 15, 2010

Fraternal Twins

Photo was taken in Terenure, Dublin July 2008. By: Kazimann

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Tomato Red

In Iran you call a red Paykan "Tomato-Red Paykan".
Photo by: mehrdadsml

Friday, November 12, 2010

Hunter Taxi

A Hunter Taxi?! I thought a Paykan taxi was something unique, but I guess not! Others also had the pleasure of being chauffeured around town in a Hillman Hunter! ;)
Photo was taken in 1978 at Leeds by: Ackers- Schoolboy Hero!!!!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Count The Paykans#7

Oh believe me they are down there! ;)
Tehran photo was taken by: Milad Payami

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


Humber Sceptre & Jeremy Irons in a scene from the 1982 movie Moonlighting.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


Photo By: Alireza Mirzaei

Monday, November 8, 2010

Locutorio Hunter

According to mothclark62 there are still loads of Hillman Hunters in Peru, it's nice to know that!

Paykan Overload#6

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Feel of Sceptre

Paykan Genocide

And here I was getting all worked up about one Hunter Topaz?! Look at this CARNAGE!!!... Shut Down that Claws of Death! Turn Off that Forklift! Put the Torch Out! For Heaven's Sake Man Drop that HAMMER!!!... Somebody Stop them please!!.. This is just too hard to witness... Leave those poor defenseless Paykans alone!!!... :@

What can you do?... The Government in Iran few years ago started giving incentive so that people could replace their old and worn out Paykans for, you guessed it right, KIA Prides and cars in that nature! This was mainly to tackle air pollution epidemic in most cities in Iran.

However these Brilliant photos were taken 40 miles south west of Tehran by: Ghader Agheli