Saudi classic cars collector Abdulrahman al-Abri spoke to Al-Arabiya.net about a truck which he recently gifted to Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz.
Abri had bought it around 22 years ago and took it to his museum in Qassim.
According to the collector, the truck is rare and there are no spare parts for it in Saudi Arabia. Since the truck wasn’t working when he bought it, Abri ordered its spare parts from America and he thus repaired it and used it to participate in several festivals.
“I gave the truck as a gift to King Salman when he was governor of Riyadh in 2006 and he was the one who told me that its name is ‘Dasman’ as this is what they called it. King Salman remembered this type of truck well and told me that they used them for transporting horses and that at the time they used to learn how to drive them in a desert close to Riyadh,” he added.
Commenting on his recent visit to King Salman at al-Awja Palace following an invitation by Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, the chairman of the board of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, Abri said: “When I entered, I saw the Dasman, as King Salman likes to call it, in front of the palace.”
Abri owns a classic cars museum that has around 100 cars. Some of the cars date back to 1946 and around 50 of them operate after they’ve been repaired while the others need rare spare parts which are difficult to find.