The 1950s car turning heads in Syria – BBC News

Neither war nor the Islamic State group has stopped Abu Malek driving his 1952 classic car across Syria.
The 67-year-old DeSoto Powermaster is a bit worse for wear, but still works.

Fifty years ago, the petrol engine was switched for a British tractor engine.

Before the most recent war, when fuel was better quality, Abu Malwk says it could reach 140km per hour.

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    Jim'll no longer fix it for you BBC!

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  3. "If I take good care of my car I can drive another 50 years" …  This looks about the most unloved car on the planet. Carrying out the bare minimum maintenance to keep it running is not the same as taking good care

  4. Not so subtle propaganda with a car story providing a puddle to float it in.
    The BBC must think the people who watch this are very stupid or the BBC are so deranged, they can't see that they are both distrusted and a laughing stock.

  5. so its 65 years old, half a century ago its engine was replaced so the original engine failed just 15 years in? So moral of the story is British diesel engines from that era are pretty unkillable.

  6. This is the Kurdish controlled areas Syria. The Kurds worked hard to create peace in the region. But the Jihadi Turkey/Erdogan/ISIS is trying to create war against the peaceful and heroic Kurds who destroyed ISIS.

  7. Back when they built real cars made to last. No computer chips. Good find and it has a better crash test rating for sure. You see the trunk ? Looks like a mini apartment. Hurray for the classics.

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