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Turkish holidays, american cars

June 29, 2012

by Seb Perez

This year we went to Turkey for holidays. We went there for 10 days of relaxing, sun bathing and good food. We’ve found all that and a little more.

Besides all the historical and cultural attractions in Turkey (not relevant for this blog) we’ve also found a few cool american cars here and there. The first one was parked on the entrace of the resort where we were staying. I thought: “what’s a great start!”

So, here you have a few pics of this great Ford B-600 (school) bus from 1956 that somehow found his way to Turkey. I guess it was used to transport tourist to the beach (you can not walk to the beach from the resort). They use now a little more modern buses painted in the same scheme.

Anyway, walking around a boulevard, I found also this beautiful Ford LTD from 1969. I don’t know if it’s a coincidence that this cars was also painted marine blue and white or maybe were both vehicles somehow related… no idea. It just doesn’t matter, the ford looks great… with the exception of the horrible wheel caps!! If I bought that car the first thing I would do is to remove those ugly wheel caps.

Enjoy the pics!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mike Augustine June 29, 2012 at 5:55 pm

Thank you for the articles, enjoyed the pictures to. Mike A.

Seb June 29, 2012 at 5:56 pm

Hi Mike, thanks for the feedback! More coming soon.

Tom Geiger March 4, 2014 at 3:50 am

Hello! I enjoyed looking around your website at your models, but most interesting were your Argentina photo essays of old cars. I did search for your photos of old American cars in Turkey because we left one behind. My father was US Army working for NATO in Izmir from 1966-1968 and upon leaving we sold a 1966 Pontiac LeMans 2 door hardtop with a 326 and 4 speed. I knew that American cars were hard to get and expensive since Turks had to pay 100% duty on the car. We sold the Pontiac to a hotel owner. I often wonder if it’s still around.
Take care
Tom in USA

Seb March 7, 2014 at 3:42 pm

Hi Tom, thanks for sharing your story about your dad’s Pontiac in Turkey. I didn’t know about such a high import tax in Turkey.
Take care,
Seb

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