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    Default A couple of french cars in Iran (and some other nice metal, too)

    BBC - Autos - The cars of Iran

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    In 1973, I did a fair bit of hitch-hiking in Iran (when the Shah was still in power). Most was done in BMWs or Mercedes-Benz, as those owners were the wealthy/literate/English speaking ones and were amused by the Western bearded hitch-hikers. The common car was the Iran built version of the Hillman Hunter.

    Not only did we get a lift, but usually we were also bought a meal and a beer! Ah, how things change when the religion of peace rears its ugly head.

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    Iran, wasn't that a hit song by a flock of seagulls?
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    JBN. That would have been in the days when there were heaps of US oil contractors there. I was through there quite a number of times in the same period & remember the roads being full of Iranian Hilman Hunters called Paycans. Shocking drivers, would have head on collisions on long straight roads. I well remember that on the sides of the main highways there were huge square concrete plinths with smashed cars on top of them, as salient reminders to other drivers. I even saw a car that had a head on crash into one of the plinths!!
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    Since then Iran has been an important customer of PSA, who supplied large numbers of CKD Peugeots. They were stopped by the embargoes and that was a significant factor in the financial crisis that hit PSA;
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    Iran is one of the places in my top 5 that I would like to visit. My research shows a country that is well aware of what the world thinks of them (USA media) and are anxious to show visitors that they are not the crazies that the media purport.

    Apparently very hospitable, friendly people in a land where history is everywhere.

    And now they have nice cars to boot!

    Dave

    PS Just another thing. I think the guys from Top Gear do so much for tourism for many of these 'other' countries like Albania, Botswana, Vietnam etc. They play the fool, but expose an audience who wouldn't ordinarily be willing to go off the beaten track to what gems these countries possess. I'm unsure if they've done something with Iran but it'd be good if they could.
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