Hang on a minute — your name is Imran, you’re from the UK and you’ve got a second-generation Trans Am. It sounds like I am interviewing myself!

Maybe we’re twins — If so, I think I was the one blessed with the good looks...

 

Moving swiftly on... Tell us about your fabulous Firebird; where did you get it?

This particular car has been in the Kakar family household for a while now. It actually belonged to my brother who lives in the US, and it was his weekend cruiser. I always liked it  and made him an offer for it and he agreed. I think he was happy to part with it knowing that it’d still be in the family — but then I had it shipped to the UAE and a few months later he told me how much he was missing it. But the US has loads of these, he can easily get another if he wants.

Right now, I am loving this classic American muscle car. It’s such an icon in the automotive industry — people always look at it and say, “Hey, it’s the Smokey and the Bandit car”! That one was black of course, but I love the Heritage Brown finish on mine with the gold decals. It has the original paint on the car, but the decals are fresh.

 

It looks in really good shape for the year...

Thanks, I try to keep it looking good and driving as well as possible. Being the manager of a garage helps in that regard!

I often have it tuned up by my staff but really, nothing ever goes wrong with it, it’s been as good as gold for the year I have owned it. And if ever it does need a little TLC it’s such an easy car to work on; these days when you pop the bonnet of a car all you see is a big plastic cover that hides the engine; manufacturers don’t want owners to tinker with their cars. But back in the day it was easy to work on them and repair them.

 

You can say that again — I am always getting my hands dirty with mine every weekend; it’s fun to work on, and especially fun to drive, isn’t it?

Absolutely — mine has a 4.9-litre V8, which wasn’t the biggest motor GM ever made and although it was a far cry in terms of power to the big blocks of the day, it still put out a respectable amount of horses and torque. 

This car is solid and fast and it doubles up as a lovely cruiser too; whipping the t-tops off and driving in the evenings while the weather is still cool is such a pleasure. And I get to hear the rumble from the exhaust that much better too!

 

I used to have the same engine but swapped it for a 6.6-litre. I wish mine had t-tops too, they really look great on these F-bodies...

I agree and the amount of attention it gets is unbelievable; I often drive it around Jumeirah and JBR and it turns more heads than the latest Ferrari or Lamborghini. I guess since we have so many supercars on our roads, people take more notice of classics.

There is a charm about older cars, from their fabulous looks to their simplistic engineering, that never gets tiring.

 

Before you bought this you almost got another iconic muscle car, right?

Yes, that’s right — and I haven’t stopped looking for a 1970 Charger. That is my dream and if anyone wants my Trans Am I will happily sell it if it helps to fund the Dodge.

 

The Pontiac isn’t the only classic car that you own is it...

No, I also have a 1979 Datsun 280ZX, which I have been restoring and will be ready soon, and I am on the verge of getting a 1974 Cadillac Eldorado convertible. I also have my eyes on a 1965 Chevrolet Corvair convertible.

 

The collection will be growing soon! How did your passion for motoring begin?

It’s growing so fast that I might set up a side business and call it ‘Rent A Classic’. Actually, that might work...

My passion for cars started from a young age; my father loved his W126 series Mercedes-Benz and he kept that car for a very long time. I remember I would wash it and then start it up and play with the steering wheel which was so light and easy to manoeuvre.

I’d recommend everyone drive a classic to appreciate the older engineering — I bet they would love it.

 

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