TAKING a closer look at the Iranian car industry following the publication of the K-Series powered SAIPA Saba pictures; it’s good to see that the bland internationalisation of the car industry hasn’t quite engulfed that country yet. Just like Africa, and some far-flung outposts in China, it is still possible to buy what we could consider classic cars new off the production line.
Take a look at the PARS Khodro Sepand PK – a Renault 5 by any other name. With those re-modelled rear lamp clusters and wheelarch skirts, it looks hunky and chunky in the same way as the Rover Streetwise. Perhaps R5 purists might hate the look of the thing, but the brilliance of Michel Boué’s original groundbreaking design are all there to see. Pushing 40 years old, the original French supermini looks as good today as it did back in 1972.
What are the chances of buying one in Iran and sending it back, then?
Is the Editor of the Parkers website and price guide, formerly editor of Classic Car Weekly, and launch editor/creator of Modern Classics magazine. Has contributed to various motoring titles including Octane, Practical Classics, Evo, Honest John, CAR magazine, Autocar, Pistonheads, Diesel Car, Practical Performance Car, Performance French Car, Car Mechanics, Jaguar World Monthly, MG Enthusiast, Modern MINI, Practical Classics, Fifth Gear Website, Radio 4, and the the Motoring Independent...
Likes 'conditionally challenged' motors and taking them on unfeasible adventures all across Europe.