@Steve105 ...you have absolutely no reason to be apologetic at all. To correct so me of the impressions we have an auto industry that assembles a fair number of vehicles...Toyotas, Hondas Suzukis and Kias for example. No European makes. The reason for the difficulties is that these manufacturers demand tariff protection from the government to keep the prices of their products high. There are a large number of locally manufactured products but these are not mechanical like complete engines...engines are imported fully assembled although components like valves and springs and the rest are manufactured. Plastic products are manufactured in abundance although the quality varies.Hi Kumhas,
I looked up some of the background and history of the difficulty of putting together old cars in Pakistan, to try and understand what it's all about and the limits you face.
It looks like Pakistan does not have an auto manufacturing industry at the moment as it was abandoned/shut down due to political pressure for what ever reason/s and it relies on taxing imported new cars to generate revenue.
When car parts come into the country as scrap metal they are examined closely as the Govt does not want recreated old cars so they impose permits and/fines and other severe penalties as you said. I think so they don't miss out on sale tax revenue.
This makes things very difficult for enthusiast like your self who don't have access to some restoration services.
Please accept my apology.
Here is a news item that gives the background of car enthusiasts struggle in Pakistan.
Interesting that you bring up the Esquire article. My 15 minutes of fame. I am Kamran Hussain the chap " posing " with my 911 Targa .....and the red Alfa 1750GTV series 1 was found as a barn find by me , bought and then restored...story in the AlfaBB as well and then driven for a few years until Mushahid almost held a gun to my head and took it. He also took my Fiat Spider off me by feigning tears while sitting in friends and I gave in and let him take it. Although a close friend he isnt getting anything else now. Thanks but No thanks.
And the wife forced me to sell my Mini Vtec, the Jaguar XJ6 and the Toyota Celica in the last couple of months as they dropped oil on the driveway. Aaargh. The things one does for love and friendship.