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This 1955 Mercedes has served family for 58 years

Motoring Heritage Day shows off 50 vintage cars and 10 restored bicycles at Tanjong Pagar Railway Station. Mr Kevin White, 49, with his 1933 Ford Tudor. -- ST PHOTO: NURIA LING
Motoring Heritage Day shows off 50 vintage cars and 10 restored bicycles at Tanjong Pagar Railway Station. Mr Kevin White, 49, with his 1933 Ford Tudor. -- ST PHOTO: NURIA LING
A visitor takes a photo of vintage cars on display at the Motoring Heritage Day where 50 vintage cars and 10 restored bicycles were on show at Tanjong Pagar Railway Station. -- ST PHOTO: NURIA LING
A visitor takes a photo of vintage cars on display at the Motoring Heritage Day where 50 vintage cars and 10 restored bicycles were on show at Tanjong Pagar Railway Station. -- ST PHOTO: NURIA LING
A visitor takes a photo of vintage cars on display at the Motoring Heritage Day where 50 vintage cars and 10 restored bicycles were on show at Tanjong Pagar Railway Station. -- ST PHOTO: NURIA LING
A visitor takes a photo of vintage cars on display at the Motoring Heritage Day where 50 vintage cars and 10 restored bicycles were on show at Tanjong Pagar Railway Station. -- ST PHOTO: NURIA LING
Motoring Heritage Day shows off 50 vintage cars and 10 restored bicycles at Tanjong Pagar Railway Station. Mr Khoo Yeow Khim (left), 82, and Mr Khoo Kay Hong, 42, with their 1955 Mercedes-Benz 220a. -- ST PHOTO: NURIA LING
Motoring Heritage Day shows off 50 vintage cars and 10 restored bicycles at Tanjong Pagar Railway Station. Mr Khoo Yeow Khim (left), 82, and Mr Khoo Kay Hong, 42, with their 1955 Mercedes-Benz 220a. -- ST PHOTO: NURIA LING
Mr Khoo Yeow Khim (right) and son Khoo Kay Hong with their 1955 Mercedes-Benz 220a.The classic car was one of 51 exhibited yesterday at the Motoring Heritage Day at the former Tanjong Pagar Railway Station.
Mr Khoo Yeow Khim (right) and son Khoo Kay Hong with their 1955 Mercedes-Benz 220a.The classic car was one of 51 exhibited yesterday at the Motoring Heritage Day at the former Tanjong Pagar Railway Station.ST PHOTO: NURIA LING

When Mr Khoo Yeow Khim and his four brothers got married in the 1950s and 60s, they all rode in a cream-coloured Mercedes with brown faux-leather seats.

Today, the 85-year-old retiree still takes the same car for a spin every couple of weeks.

It may be 58 years of age, but the contacts Mr Khoo made when he worked in the parts department of Mercedes-Benz distributor Cycle & Carriage still supply him with parts when needed.

The classic car was one of 51 exhibited yesterday at the Motoring Heritage Day at the former Tanjong Pagar Railway Station.

Bought new in 1955 by Mr Khoo's father, a merchant, the Mercedes-Benz 220a has been with the family for three generations.

Mr Khoo's son, trading firm director Khoo Kay Hong, 42, recalled: "As a child, I wasn't allowed to ride a bike around the house because it might damage the car."

Several of the Khoo family's vintage cars were also on display yesterday. They included a pair of British MG sports cars from 1937 and another from 1939.

Meanwhile, Australian collector Kevin White, 49, the general manager of an engineering firm here, showed off his 1941 Ford Mercury Club Convertible.

It was built at the Ford factory in Bukit Timah. Months later, the factory was where Allied forces surrendered to the Japanese after the Fall of Singapore in 1942.

The Motoring Heritage Day show, organised by the National Heritage Board and classic-car club Malaysia and Singapore Vintage Car Register, was held for the second time at the former railway station.

Vintage means having been made before World War II, while classic refers to cars older than 35 years.

The event included a talk on the history of Tanjong Pagar Railway Station, the former end point of the Keretapi Tanah Melayu train service from 1932 to 2011, as well as talks on collecting and restoring vintage cars.

caiwj@sph.com.sg