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Saving Yesterday For Tomorrow
  1. Mano says:

    I’m not sure of which part of Ipoh this is but that’s a Mercedes Benz V170 which was produced from the 1930′s right through to the 1950′s. A couple of notable items here are the wind up front windscreen and the suicide doors – so called as the doors were rear hinged and when opened accidentally whilst on the move, the on rushing wind would fling the door open. The passenger, not being belted, reaching for the handle to pull the door back would more than likely fall off the moving car.

    • Ipoh Remembered says:

      I’m not sure of which part of Ipoh this is but that’s a Mercedes Benz V170

      Yes, a 170 — perhaps a 1939, but I’m not entirely sure which model year (or variant).

      As for where: it is a bit of a puzzle. I do have an idea but would need to look at a higher-resolution image before hazarding a guess.

      • ika says:

        According to one of our readers, The car is outside Peter Chong, Printers who once ran their business at 120, Belfield Street. Three shops to the left was Perak Motor Co.

        Does anyone have more information on Peter Chong please?

  2. Ipoh Remembered says:

    Does anyone have more information on Peter Chong please?

    Peter Chong & Co. were book-sellers, stationers, and (later) printers. The business was started in Singapore in the early ’20s by Peranakan Chinese. The Ipoh branch was opened in the ’30s at 120 Belfield and remained there as late as the mid-’70s (what happened to it after that I cannot say).

    Three shops to the left was Perak Motor Co.

    In the ’60s and ’70s the Perak Motor Co. was on Belfield Street, yes, but south of Hugh Low Street, thus not three doors away from 120 Belfield. Where it is today I don’t personally know, but I’m told it is still at the same location.

    Incidentally, Peter Chong, and this car, have been discussed here before:

    http://www.ipohworld.org/2012/08/01/remember-her-2/

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