Sunday, July 25, 2010
The Mighty Hunter/Arrow
These rugged little cars are still popular among enthusiasts in Australia and absolutely ubiquitous in Iran. One of them won the "world's toughest rally", the 1968 London-Sydney. I read this week that William Towns, the designer of the Aston DBS, Lagonda and V8 models had a hand in the design while at Rootes. Obviously he took the tail light idea with him to Aston (that is after pinching the design from Bolwell).The car lives on in Iran (just as the Morris Isis lives on in India and the XK Falcon lives on in Argentina) in the form of the Paykan. Taxi drivers in Tehran, I'm told, wouldn't drive anything else. I wouldn't have thought they had much choice.Here's an Iranian police car.........and they even do a ute............which, of course, provides the basis for ambulances and camper vans.Is that a Mazda I see there?