Lying in ruins and exposed to dirt and dust, the car of Ms Fatima Jinnah’s 1955 “Cadillac Series 62 Convertible” has finally been restored to its actual and original condition after two years of repair work by a local garage.
The vehicle’s condition first came in spotlight back in the year 2007 when the pictures got printed on Pakistani automotive websites. The automobile was left at the Mohatta Palace and later was taken away for repairs many years back.
One other car of Ms. Fatima Jinnah “1965 Mercedes Bez 200” is also undergoing a complete renovation and work on it is also to end soon.
Mohsin Ikram—the founder of the Vintage and Classic Car Club of Pakistan had taken up on himself the project of restoring the automobile to its original state.
As per Ikram, he first discovered the cars in the garage of the Mohatta Palace from where they had been pulled out and left under the open sky when the Mohatta Palace was under renovation. The labourers working on the restoration of the Palace used to eat their food on the car’s bonnet. He added that many of the parts of the car were also stolen then. He raised alarm on seeing this regarding the cars, following his alarm the cars which were even without wheels at that time were dragged into the Sindh Archives which resulted in causing them more damage than benefit in terms of their preservation.
Now, after the car has been restored, the car would be displayed at the National Museum of Pakistan.
Previously, the automobile was left to rot under the open sky in the parking lot of the Sindh Information and Archives department.