Egyptian collector's vintage cars become movie stars

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Filed on October 29, 2020

Sayed Sima has a collection of vintage vehicles dating back to early 1900 many of which have been featured in films

Even vintage cars could become movie stars! Call it pure luck or coincidence, but an Egyptian vintage car collector Sima, which in Arabic translates to cinema, is much in demand for renting out his beauties to filmmakers for their movies.

Sayed Sima’s passion for collecting vintage cars began when he was around 25 years old. The price for these old, often-unused vehicles, besides the beauty of these cars was the main draw for Sima.

Over a period of 50years, Sima has acquired hundreds of vintage some of which he stores in Egypt’s Media Production City because it would be easy for filmmakers to view his vehicles and rent them out for their projects.

Among Sima’s prized collection is an early 1900 American car called Auburn. He managed to get his hands on it in the ‘80s, according to Asharq Al -Awsat.

“This is of course a very rare car, a car that is entirely a piece of antique,” he said.

“Its original tank is still inside. It’s a beautiful car. Its structure is all wood.”

One of his prized possessions is a 1975 black Chevrolet Impala which Sima said was used by was former Egyptian president Anwar El Sadat.

Sima’s 38-year-old son, Ayman, too shares his father’s passion for vintage cars as he grew up seeing them.

“I liked how I saw these cars on movie screens. I would see a movie and think, oh it is our car,” he said.

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