A visionary entrepreneur who loves to take a ride through history
Nostalgia is the driving force for many collectors. Whether you call them “classic” or “antique,” or “vintage” cars that are over 20 years old tend to have a special place in the hearts of car enthusiasts. Just what is the correct way to refer to an old car that someone loves and enjoys? People identify with these classic cars, and for whatever reason, they become passionate about certain makes, models, and styles.
Is there such a thing as the stereotypical classic car enthusiast? We’re all probably thinking “Yes, with very strong interest” Well this may surprise you! Most classic car owners are just like you and me; however the most passionate ones will have more cars.
There is no doubt that when it comes to serious car collectors, there is no particular style. Each individual is as unique as the collections they create, but few are as spectacular unique as Mohamed Dekkak. A successful entrepreneur, Mr. Dekkak was born in Morocco and today is involved with a multitude of non-profit organizations as well as being chairman of the business he founded in 1992, the Adgeco Group.
Using the skills that he honed building partnerships and collaborations with governments and multi-national businesses in his role at the Adgeco group, he has become a significant contributor to the non-profit world. With chairmanship of the Arab Peace Corp Foundation a highlight, he is involved with numerous charities and other non-profits that champion ethical and responsible business, human rights and togetherness around the world.
Through the Adgeco Group, Dekkak has been a proponent of cutting edge technology, covering many markets including oil and gas, energy among others, but that focus on the future, the changing technology that is reshaping the world around us is tempered by a love of the past. as can be seen in his eclectic collection of cars that take us on a journey through all our histories.
An exceptional businessman, and though his efforts to make this world a better place for all, and exceptional human being, he also has impeccable taste. The car collection is an array of styles, but they do all have one thing in common. Every car is stunning in detail and design, so let’s see what he has in his garage.
1952 GMC Pickup RAM Jet 350 V8
A beautiful 1952 GMC pickup truck finished in faultless baby blue paintwork. A true American classic, these pickups powered rural America, and you would be hard pressed to find a 1950’s B movie that didn’t have at least one GMC Pickup carrying the hero along to victory.
But this one is more than it first seems. You notice the low stance that hides the top of the whitewall tires first, giving it a mean stance. Then you hear the noise, the noise of a RAM Jet 350 V8, pushing out 345 horsepower and making this a pickup that has classic looks, but thoroughly modern performance.
1954 Jaguar XK-140
Elegance, style and speed in a single package, no wonder the world fell in love with the XK 120. This pristine example found in Mr. Dekkak’s collection is finished in traditional British Racing Green with tan interior, a classic combination that adds to the desirability of the car.
A follow up to the XK 120, the XK 140 launched at the end of 1954, offering more space, more power, better brakes and a first for the Jaguar brand, flashing turn signals! Powered by a 2.5 liter straight 6 engine that features a cylinder head from the C-type, Jaguars racing car of the time that recorded 2 le Mans wins.
With 210 horsepower, performance at the time was astonishing, with cars easily achieving 125 miles per hour top speeds, and while today that may not seem so extravagant, its looks, sound and driving make it no less thrilling to drive now than they day it was made.
Mercedes 1966 250SE
It may be based on the standard Mercedes sedan of the time, the W111, but the transformation to a 2-door coupe gave the car a whole new look and attitude, going from family transport to a vehicle for the stars in one go.
A 2.5 liter straight six with 150 horsepower means this is no hot rod, but that’s not the point. It’s a cruiser, wherever you go in the 250SE, you arrive in style. This particular car blends the grey paint with bright chrome to great effect, and wraparound rear window adding to the contrast with the paint even on the side view.
The interior is a deep red leather, the perfect match for that understated exterior. Only 6,213 250SEs were ever made, and its doubtful you will find a better one that Mr. Dekkak’s.
Limited Edition Rolls-Royce Flying Spur
Based on the Rolls-Royce flagship vehicle of the time, the Silver Spur, the Flying Spur was created as a limited edition of just 50 cars, and it represents a true landmark in Rolls-Royce history.
Resplendent in its royal red paintwork and acres of cream leather inside, what sets this car apart is that this was the first ever turbocharged Rolls-Royce. The engine was taken from the Bentley Turbo R, at the time the two brands were part of the same company. The turbocharges 6.7-liter V8 engine produces 360 horsepower that made it the most powerful Rolls-Royce ever at the time it was build.
A stunning car, like all Flying Spur’s., this one carries an engraved plaque on the dash signifying its number in the production run. A true piece of Rolls-Royce history.
1942 Chevrolet Fleetline
The world was at war, but Chevrolet didn’t let that stop them creating this beautiful, innovative car in 1942. With its 216-cu inline 6 engine producing 90 horsepower, it went as well as it looked and really was revolutionary at the time. Smooth curves and stainless-steel lines gave a futuristic look that the public fell in love with.
For many it could have just stepped of the set of Flash Gordon or any of the sci-fi series so popular in the late ‘30s, and was one of the first aspirational cars, setting the tone for American car design for a decade to come.
This pristine, all white example is in perfect condition, and retains the large external sunshade that many owners fitted from aftermarket suppliers to combat the reflections that come from the stainless-steel dashboard. A true period accessory, and one that is increasingly rare today.
When you want to take a trip back in time, just a few minutes inside this car is the answer, its art deco inspired interior, all in perfect condition, is as good as any time machine. A sign of optimism in a time when it was missing from most of the world, the 1942 Chevrolet Fleetline is one of those cars that are a bookmark in the history books, reminding us of what can be achieved no matter the circumstances.
1951 Land Rover Series 1
The first version of the vehicle that would remain in production for an astonishing 68 years before its final version was produced in 2016, this 1951 Series 1 Land Rover is the beginning chapter of the longest story in automotive history. That longevity is all the more remarkable given that this venerable Series 1, with its Willys Jeep inspired design, was created by the Rover Company as a short production run vehicle to try and gain some cashflow, and it was only intended to last for 3 years.
Designed for agricultural use, it is lightweight, 4-wheel drive vehicle that has proven itself as one of the world’s best off-road transports. Land Rover claim that almost 70% of their production is still in use, and that is testament to the strength of this original design. Featuring a steel chassis and an aluminum body to keep weight down, the Series 1 and its successors proved incredibly popular and really allowed The Rover Company to survive the post war period.
This particular car is an early, 80-inch wheelbase model, featuring a military spec layout with soft roof and two rear benches for passengers. You can clearly see the simple aluminum and rivet construction around the door hinges and trimmings, and it should be noted that the front screen can be folded flat against the hood is needed for a complete open experience. The interesting color is known as Grasmere Green, and is a traditional color of the Series 1, being used for the original prototype car.
1960 Rolls-Royce Phantom V
Produced between 1960 and 1968, the Rolls-Royce Phantom V was produced when the great car manufacturers like Rolls-Royce still delivered their cars as a rolling chassis. Customers would then choose a specialized coachbuilder to provide the body. This allowed for incredible levels of customization that we are not used to in the modern car markets, making each of the 516 produced unique.
Exquisitely made, the Rolls-Royce Phantom V is a car of royal heritage, with 2 of the production being used as state cars by Queen Elizabeth II from 1960 onwards. She so loved these cars, they were only retired from use in 2002. Over 40 years as the car of choice for the Queen should tell you how good they are. Other notable Phantom V owners included John Lennon, who painted his car in psychedelic patters on a yellow background.
Powered by a 6.2-liter V8, speed is not the focus here, but serene luxury, and with its 4-speed automatic, they deliver that luxury in a way that few could match even today. This care features a stunning Park Ward body, one of the more popular of the coachbuilders available to produce Rolls-Royce Phantom V bodies. With its swooping lines and prominent grill featuring the famous Flying Lady, it looks every inch the luxury limousine it is.
1962 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II
Produced between 1955 and 1966, the Silver Cloud II was the mainstay of Rolls-Royce car production for 11 years. It may not have had the bespoke nature of the big limousines, but this was a car produced when Rolls-Royce said they made the best cars in the world, and few argued with them.
A 300-cu in six-cylinder engine under the hood produced 155 horsepower coupled with the enormous body ensures that progress was never what you would call fast, but this car was all about luxury, and it delivered that more that by the bucket load.
The first Rolls to feature power steering and air conditioning, the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II marked the point Rolls became the modern car producer that we still enjoy today.
Over 2000 of these cars were made, which this particular car striking in its two-tone paintwork, an original factory option, giving it truly elegant touch that adds to the beauty of the experience.
Army Style UAE Jeep
A desert rocket, this amazing looking vehicle is based upon a heavily modified Jeep Wrangler. It stripped out interior, with even the soft top removed completely, make it incredibly lightweight, while the large wheels and off-road tires give the traction needed in any conditions.
Held firmly in place by the racing bucket seats, this lightweight car is designed to do one thing, go very fast across any terrain, and it is superb at the job. Packing a4 liter V8, this modified truck is a real thrill machine.
Take to the dunes in this car and driving will never be the same again. This one is painted up in UAE military colors, giving it an even tougher appearance than it already had. Some cars are for the enjoyment of being a passenger, some are just beautiful to look at, and some, like this UAE Jeep, are for fun. Lots of fun.
1958 Bentley S1
A car that shares much of its engineering with the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II from its sister company, the Bentley S1 was built from 1955 to 1959. It shared the same chassis and 155 horsepower 300-cu in six-cylinder engine.
While produced from factory only as a saloon, could be orders as a chassis for fitting by other coachbuilders, notably Park Ward, who produced the glorious convertible version.
In tandem with the Silver Cloud II, this car represents the shift to modern production and standardized components that the company used across its range from then on, and is a beautiful, rolling work of art.
Bentley Turbo R
A car that symbolizes the brash style of the 1980’s. Built from 1986 all the way to 1999 with several design revisions along the way, it is a large, luxury saloon of the kind Bentley has long been famous for, fitted with a 6.7-liter turbocharged engine that produces 300 horsepower, and made this luxury machine a drag race hero as well.
The contrast between the serene luxury of the car, with its exquisite, hand-made interior of faultless leather and blemish-free wood, and the sheer ferocity of the speed when you bury the throttle is why it has such a legendary reputation. This one, finished in Imperial Blue with a beautiful crème interior is a perfect example of the model. A wonderfully retrained exterior with the kind of performance that will shock you, it’s arguably a type of car that we will never see again, a true hooligan in a business suit.
Ferrari 250 GT Lusso
A design classic, the 250 GT Lusso was the pinnacle of the 250 GT line, being manufactured from 1963 to 1964 with just 351 produced. Filling a gap between the racing focused 250 GT SWB and the luxury grand tourer, the 250 GTE 2+2, the Lusso was agile enough to find a place in the lineup for the Targa Florio road race, but also has the interior space and comfort for long-distance comfort that the SWB versions could not match.
A real ‘best of both worlds’ design, it was the last 250 series car in production and a fine end, with its eye-catching appearance and 2+2 seating arrangement, it was a racing car for the road, but one that you could also take your children along for the ride.
Finished in sparkling Rosso Corsa, this example features the beautiful wire wheels with central spinner that were common at the time, and a lovely tan leather interior. Powered by a 3-liter V12 developing 240 horsepower, it could hit a top speed of 150 miles per hour, making it the fastest 4 seat cars in the world during its production.
One of the rarest of the 250 series cars, and the most refined, the Lusso is today one of the world’s most sought-after cars, and with valuations of around $3 million, one of the most expensive too.
One of the heroes of WW2, Willys Jeeps moved people and equipment in their millions to keep the allied forces going. Whether delivering letters from home to the front lines, or casualties to hospital stations, the Willys Jeep was central to keeping the soldiers supplied right the wat across Europe and beyond.
A genuine WW2 vehicle, this Willy Jeep has been restored to perfect condition, you can still see the rugged construction that made it so useful in any conditions. A timeless piece of history to enjoy.
1928 Packard CB 433 Brewster Limousine
A true piece of Americana, a Packard V12 limousine featuring a Brewster coach-built body, this is a car that looks like it just drove out of a movie set. When you think of the late twenties/thirties era America, you think of glamorous movie stars being driven in cars just like this. Upright, flamboyant and an amazing piece of engineering, the Packard CB 433 Brewster Limousine has it all.
Spare wheels on the sides, big, bold chrome radiator and the two large lamps at the front staring out like eyes. Few of these cars are left, and to see one kept in as-new condition as this one is a joy to behold. One of the finest examples of cars from this era you will ever see, it’s a stunning car, and one that we never tire of looking at.
Morgan Aero 8
A car made in the traditional ways that also incorporates modern systems and performance seems like the perfect vehicle for anyone who loves classics, and that is exactly what Morgan produced with the Aero 8.
Morgan have been producing cars in the same, handcrafted way since 1910, using wooden frames and hand shaped steel body panels, and have changed little in appearance in all that time. Until 2001 that is, when they came out with the Morgan Aero 8.
While keeping the basics of traditional Morgan design, the grille, large headlamps and 2-seater roadster layout, the Aero 8 design really brought Morgan into the new century. Using a BMW built 4.4-liter V8, this lightweight car has 360 horsepower, delivering startling performance.
With 60 mph reached in 4 seconds and 170 mph top speed, the Aero 8 may look like a 1950’s Morgan, but it performance matches the best of modern competitors.
This car has a wonderful white exterior with the bright contrast of red interior, a classic look that maintains the retro style that the Morgan Aero 8 is so good at. A real drivers car, it allows you to, in a sense, drive a classic car every day, and for those of us who love those old cars, is the perfect way to get the best of both worlds in our daily lives.
How did this giant toolbox on wheels ever transformed into fashion icon? Undoubtedly, the Mercedes-Benz Geländewagen, or the G-Wagon still remains one of the most fascinating vehicles in the entire auto industry. The creative purpose was to thrill chauffeurs in search of unsealed terrain to play on, the Mercedes Benz G-Class AMG is growing old gracefully.
I am a private, classic and vintage car enthusiast took a trip down memory lane, rolling compliment to the power of the German maker’s over-engineered pre-1995 designs of Mercedes-Benz Geländewagen, or the G-Wagon. Mercedes-Benz Geländewagen, is an average-size four-wheel drive luxury SUV made by Magna Steyr with an old name as Steyr-Daimler-Puch based in Austria. It has three completely locking differentials, one of the few cars to have this kind of feature. Until now, they are still producing G-Class, and this is one of the longest produced Mercedez-Benz in the history of Daimler. Automotive enthusiast has always been the most versatile and the most known off-road car
I have a burning passion for Mercedes-Benz Geländewagen. He is a fan of old cars and love the idea of taking something classic and vintage and bringing it back to life. And for him, this car is a biggest superstar of all cars.
A truly esoteric collection of cars, some you may never have seen before, others you will immediately recognize, but they all have something in common. Every one of them tells a story, is a landmark car in the history of the brand, or in some cases like the Willy Jeep, in the history of the world itself.
A car collection lets us look back into our own history, cars have a way of knitting themselves into our memories, so we begin to associate periods with particular cars. Painstakingly put together, this collection reflects Mohamed Dekkak’s journey, his tastes, the cars that have had an impact on his life, and the cars that he connects with various landmarks in his life.
A wonderful collection, and one that continues to grow, everyone has a different favorite because they are all so different, but which one would you pick for your next drive?