Welcome back to My Wheels, Omar. You were featured in the magazine a good few years ago with your awesome collection which comprised several Mercedes and a BMW 635CSI Alpina. Do you still have them?
Thanks for having me back in the magazine, it’s been a long time indeed! I parted with quite a few cars in my collection including the BMW. It was time to freshen things up and I also sold my 1997 Mercedes SL500, 1996 Mercedes SLK (Brabus) and 1986 Mercedes SL500. I also used to have a 2007 Lexus IS300 and a 1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse (it was fully modified) but have since moved these on too.
I didn’t include all of my cars in the previous feature and I had a few more Mercs tucked away then — and I still do! These include a 1998 SL500, 1993 CE320, 1992 SL500 and a 1983 SL500.
I also have a 2010 Toyota Land Cruiser (it’s my daily driver) a 2010 Toyota FJ Cruiser (I use it for off-roading) a 2015 Nissan Murano (it’s tucked away in Canada) a 2007 Nissan Altima and a 2007 Toyota Avalon…
You’re hiding all sorts of cars — and now you have a couple of fabulous classic Chevrolets, a Corvette and a Caprice. Tell us about them…
I had always liked these and wanted them for a while. The Caprice was imported from Canada and was a one owner car. He had kept it in immaculate condition. It was perfect and looked like it had just been released from the showroom.
The Corvette was purchased from a friend of mine recently and mechanically was in very good condition. I always wanted one, especially with a white exterior and red interior but I might repaint the car and renew the cabin as both are a little worn.
I didn’t need any more cars — actually I was planning to reduce the numbers that I currently own as it is difficult maintaining them all. I spend my Fridays washing and polishing all of my cars and then Saturdays I venture to the junkyards to find spare parts for them all.
That’s a very commendable routine — but it must be quite tiring too. The Corvette has T-tops and a loud Borla exhaust — it must make you smile a lot…
It is such a thrill, I cannot even express it in words. You must experience it to know what an awesome feeling it is cruising around in a C3.
I actually had the pleasure of driving one recently (Everyday Classic, issue 630) and it was such a blast; these cars are ever so fun to drive…
You can say that again! I love the muscular body of this generation, and the looks are backed by a healthy L82 5.7-litre V8 mated to an automatic transmission. It makes 225bhp and smokes the fat rear tyres when I floor the throttle with ease.
And yes, the Borla exhaust adds even more character to the car; you hear it coming a mile away before you actually see it but it’ll be making even more power once I have added headers on it.
It definitely puts a smile on my face and I make sure to stretch its legs once or twice a week. I can’t wait for the winter to come so I can drive it more often down the highway with the roof off.
Hope it brings you years of happy motoring. Moving on to the Caprice, it really does look brand new. How do you ensure you are able to keep it this way?
I make sure that I always buy genuine parts and whenever it goes to the garage for a service, I am always present while the work is carried out to ensure it is done to a high standard. Yes, I am that kind of customer who annoys garage owners but it’s the way you have to be to make sure the job is done right!
It has a 5.0-litre V8 and it’s such a smooth motor. The Caprice drives along as if it is floating on air but the best car I have ever driven has to be my ‘83 SL500. It’s such a pleasure cruising in that during winter and with the roof down.
You really do love Mercedes don’t you…
Yes, absolutely. I have had this passion for the brand since my childhood and it’s been growing since 2003 when I purchased the ‘83 500SL. It was my first dream car. Now I have another — a Mercedes G63.