One-of-a-kind Digital Museum Launched for Antique Cars in Pakistan
A novel and done-of-a-kind online museum for showcasing antique cars was launched in Karachi by Shoaib Qureshi. This unique idea hit upon him during Quarantine when he realized the significance of an online platform to display classic cars prevalent in Pakistan. In a statement, he emphasized that a single platform for showcasing the rare automobile gems is not restricted to domestic audiences and can be used to target international audiences.
This news comes as a pleasant surprise for vintage car enthusiasts in Pakistan as restoration of vintage cars is a labor of love and not many portals are available for car lovers.
Key antique car collectors of the country were present along with classic cars at the launch of the online Museum at the Quaid-i-Azam House Museum in Karachi on 14th May 2022.
Karim Chhapra was one of the renowned automotive collectors there with his refurbished 1924 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost. That iconic car is remembered by many as our founder Quaid-i-Azam had once traveled in it too.
He stated that the auto community was in dire need of a museum for vintage and classic cars. He further said that even though we couldn’t acquire the land for the said brick and mortar museum, at least we could get an online version of it!
Liaquat Malik was present at the launch with his beloved 1961 ivory white Mercedes 190 SL and his cheerful bright yellow 1951 MG TD. According to him, this is the era of digital media and such a platform will become a launchpad to showcase our car heritage to the world.
Mansoor-ul-Islam who is popular for restoring vintage cars with his bare hands was present at the launch with his ivory 1938 Rolls Royce Wraith. He is also an ardent supporter of the idea of an online car museum.
Shoaib Qureshi, the owner of the online museum gave significant information regarding the cars in the online directory. The website antiquecars.com.pk will display 100 cars at a time eventually to maintain quality. Moreover, it will start will a mere 80 cars at the beginning. The oldest car featured is the 100-year-old 1922 Amilcar C4 from the capital city whereas the youngest car is a 35-year-old 1987 BMW two-door coupe from the city of lights.
Moreover, the online museum has two cars of Miss Fatima Jinnah, a 1955 Series 62 Convertible Cadillac, and her 1965 Mercedes Benz 200 that are a part of the national history.
Other rare cars that are a part of the virtual car museum include a 1930 Cadillac V16, 1926 Renault, 1930 Packard, 1935 Chevrolet Master, 1949 Lincoln Continental V12, and 1954 Austin Healey, 1958 Corvette, 1963 Porsche 356, 1966 Aston Martin DB6, and a 1966 Amphicar.
Acquiring and restoring vintage cars is specified for a niche community in Pakistan. This initiative can play a key role in expanding the demographic who have access to vintage cars.