Friday,22 February, 2019
Current issue | Issue 1347, (1 - 7 June 2017)
Friday,22 February, 2019
Issue 1347, (1 - 7 June 2017)

Ahram Weekly

Classics in Egypt: International Harvester A110

Egypt is full of classic cars but this time we feature a classic truck. Mohamed Abdel-Razek interviews the owner of one tough cookie

Amr Moussa, the owner of a truck and also an experienced Egyptian classic car collector and restorer, was the first collector to be featured in Classics in Egypt with his 1971 Ford Mercury Cougar.

“I discovered my passion about cars in general since I was a little kid and it never stopped,” said Moussa. As a youngster, Moussa’s passion led him to explore the magical and entertaining world of automobiles, from small toy and model cars until his first drive.

Like most youths looking for a car, Moussa said his parents expected him to buy one of those new up-to-date fashionables. But what caught his eye was a classic Oldsmobile Omega. It wasn’t a matter of his budget but a matter of taste. Moussa then went for a GMC Blazer for his second car.

Harvester A110

His passion for classic cars was boundless. “I dreamed of them all,” he said, adding that Cadillacs were the sweetest dream of them all -- strong, big, luxurious and with excellent suspension.

The challenges Moussa faced in restoring classic American cars gave him the courage to go for the project: A rusted old truck tortured since 1953, with issues in its registration documents and scarce spare parts even in the US. Who would go for something like that? “It was a dream that I travelled all over Egypt to find, and luckily I found the car in Cairo at the end,” Moussa said.

Harvester A110

The truck had many series through the years -- the A, B, R and others -- each with various differences in body work, headlights and purpose. The number that comes after the letter relates to the weight of the truck. Moussa’s truck is an A110, a ½ ton truck with a 4.2 litre and 6 cylinder engine that produces over 105hp.

Harvester A110

The International Harvester had a great role in the agriculture and industrial sectors in the US and around the world after WW II which makes it iconic with the history it carries. When it comes to value, it’s expensive in the US as well as Egypt, reaching up to $30k.

“Let me tell you something: The challenges I faced to restore this monster, from spare parts to technicians, to road registration, stops me from thinking of selling this beautiful truck,” said Moussa who also owns a Mercedes Ponton that we will review in future editions.

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