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A Pakistani man with a passion for toy cars

He claims his collection is the biggest in Pakistan. A 39-year-old man from Lahore has a craze for toy cars and has more than 4,000 "scaled-down" models of actual vehicles.

world Updated: Jun 13, 2011 10:48 IST

He claims his collection is the biggest in Pakistan. A 39-year-old man from Lahore has a craze for toy cars and has more than 4,000 "scaled-down" models of actual vehicles.

Aamir Ashfaq, a resident of Lahore's Allama Iqbal town, is always in search of cars every time he visits a market.

He has now collected over 4,000 toy cars of 45 different brands, the Daily Times reported.

Ashfaq started collecting toy cars when he was only eight years old. He has got a special room built for the toy cars in his house.

His collection of toy cars is unique in itself.

Some of the vehicles have doors, hoods, trunks and fuel caps that open, ashtrays that slide out and glove compartments that have space inside. Some even have hanging ignition keys. Most of them have working steering and suspension.

Ashfaq possesses cars of many brands - including Matchbox, Hot Wheels, Majorette, Corgi, Johnny Lightening, Burago, Tomica, Jada Toys, Real Toy, Norev, Maisto, Welly, Siku and Kinsmart.

Most of his cars were manufactured in the US, Britain, Germany, Italy, France, Greece, Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia, China, Thailand, Taiwan and Macao.

His collection features many brands, including Mercedes Benz, BMW, Audi, Porsche, Volkswagen, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Fiat, Peugeot, Renault, MG, Austin Martin, Land Rover, Range Rover, Honda, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Suzuki, Isuzu, Mazda, Toyota, Lexus, Subaru, Ford, Hyundai, Mini Cooper, Jaguar, Bugatti, Hummer and many more.

For Ashfaq, collecting toy cars has been a passion since childhood which he still enjoys. "I love every single part about these street machines," he said.

He said he did not face any opposition from his parents regarding his hobby. "I really thank my parents for their effort. They never refused whenever I asked for a toy car."

"Whenever I went to a mart, first of all I would pick up a toy car and look towards my parents who never disappointed me," he recalled.