I was walking near Tajrish the other night when I spotted this car across the street, I just had to talk to the man behind the wheel. His name is Abbas and this is his 1350 (1971) Paykan. He has driven Paykans all his life and uses this car daily as a main source of income to support his family.
To my amazement Abbas knew a lot about Rootes and other Arrow series models, he has collected many parts through the years and he is a purist! He doesn't like lowering his cars or using non original parts. We had a lovely chat that night, and since he had no other passenger he dropped me off and gave me a set of "Paykan" door badges as a gift! :) We exchanged numbers I wanted to set up a time so that I could take photos of his car in daylight, which we subsequently did in a rainy day.
These days you just don't see these early Paykan with wooden-dash in a daily-use like this, I mean for goodness sake the car is almost 42 year old and is running like a clock, incredible really! Can your delicate Dolomite do this? can your frail Barchetta do this? furthermore can your feeble SD1 do this? Of-course not, they can't hold a candle to the mighty Arrow series! ;)
Stills from the 1974 Christmas special episode of the British TV series Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? featuring a Hillman Minx as a taxi. You can check out the episode here and here. Special Thanks to my friend Guy for the links, he is also a fellow Rootes' Arrow enthusiasts! ;)
From oldclassiccar.co.uk: "A small collection of photos featuring Humber Sceptre registration number YMG 333H turned up a while ago, the best of which are shown above. The car dates to 1970, and spent its early years in the South East of England. The first image is a head-on shot of the Humber, with its pipe-smoking owner stood alongside his metallic green motor-car. The Humber Sceptre Mk3 went on sale in September 1967, the last ever Humber model to be produced. For the first couple of years, the Sceptre was produced at Ryton, but in 1969 was transferred to Linwood. Production of the well-specified Humber continued until 1976, by which time a mild update had been performed on the three-box saloon. It wouldn't be until 1974 that a handy estate version of the Sceptre would join the line-up, also the year that the subtle facelift was introduced to both versions, with larger chrome bumpers.
Evidently the couple shown in the photos above were pleased with their Mk3 Humber Sceptre, as its replacement was another almost identical car, albeit now an example of the facelifted version. This car was registered GLR 539N. Compared to the car above, the later car's revised chrome trim, and the Rostyle wheels, are clearly visible. The first in this next batch of photos is almost a carbon copy of the previous photograph, the location matches, and the same two ladies are stood once again with the Humber."