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Iranians like American muscle cars

It is an incredibly slow news day.  Al Jazeera didn’t even post news for the Middle East today.  BBC News’ only story was on how Iraqis are committed to improving their country (yawn).  So here is a fun article from the New York Times.  Bascially, Iranians enjoy their cars too, particularly the exotic American ones, which they enjoy racing at a track outside of Tehran.  Two excerpts:

Classic-car events attract considerable attention in Iran, which is somewhat surprising even to Mr. Salehkhou, because such a large portion of the country’s population was born after the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

“Whenever we do a road trip, people clap and honk their horns throughout the route,” he said. “Most of the interest comes from the young. And most of it is directed toward Mercedes and American cars.”


There is a logical explanation for the popularity of American cars in Iran: in the 1970s, when tens of thousands of Iranian students were attending American colleges, an Iranian tax exemption let each student ship home a personal car. Not surprisingly, low gasoline prices helped students to rationalize their desire for fast, powerful models.


One Response

  1. That’s really cool. I guess it makes sense that most American cars found in Iran would be pre 1979 models. We should look at doing some diplomatic inroads through the classic car scene!

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