Turkish mechanic gives new life to classic car scraps


A man who was a bodybuilder and spray painter in a body shop in Samsun for 15 years rebuilt classic cars from scrap metal. His reconstructions are so good that there is a huge demand from all over Turkey for his cars, giving the vehicles new life with his unique designs.

Old classic vehicles are enjoying their second spring in the hands of Semih Çakmak, who is a mechanic in the Samsun Organized Industrial Zone (OSB) in the Black Sea region of Turkey. The vehicles manufactured by Çakmak, of which he redesigns old model vehicles with a unique design, are appreciated by all. After seeing his father’s classic car in the past, Çakmak, who is eager to redesign inactive vehicles, is receiving high demand from out of town.

Semih Çakmak in front of two recovery vehicles under reconstruction, Samsun, Turkey, December 6, 2021. (IHA Photo)

Providing information on the vehicles he has restored, Çakmak said: “My passion for classic vehicles has been around for years. My father had a classic car years ago. I thought to myself, ‘Why not put in light of classic vehicles, instead of European-style vehicles. ‘ When I started painting the body here 15 years ago, there were no modern vehicles. There were only Anadols and TofaÅŸ. The more I saw such vehicles, the more I became interested in them. When you look at it today, when I operate old vehicles in traffic, I realized the satisfaction of this business. I suffer while working on cars, but once it’s over you can’t describe the joy. “

“I want to find classic vehicles”

Çakmak said people outside the city showed more interest in seeing his cars. “The classic car is a type of car that most people don’t turn to today, and mechanics don’t want to work either. Since I am passionate about this business, I want to bring back these classic vehicles as much as possible, ”he said.

One of Semih Çakmak's classic cars rebuilt, Samsun, Turkey, December 6, 2021 (IHA Photo)

One of Semih Çakmak's classic cars rebuilt, Samsun, Turkey, December 6, 2021 (IHA Photo)

He even worked on the much-loved Turkish version of the TofaÅŸ Murat 131, the Turkish version of the Fiat 131 Mirafiori.

Çakmak is grateful to have rebuilt classic cars and although at first social media did not exist, he has recently started posting his work on various social media platforms. “I started posting pictures of the cars to many places on social media. People like it. There is extreme demand from out of town. I reflect my happiness to people, and people to us. leave their cars, I share all this happiness together once their vehicles are finished.

Semih Çakmak, 30, and a rebuild of the much-loved Tofaş-Fiat Murat 131, Samsun, Turkey, December 6, 2021. (IHA Photo)

Semih Çakmak, 30, and a rebuild of the much-loved Tofaş-Fiat Murat 131, Samsun, Turkey, December 6, 2021. (IHA Photo)

Some cars take more than six months to complete. “For turnkey projects, rebuilding the engines, electricity and interior can take more than six months. Since I work in the auto body and paint business, I want to deliver the vehicle to the owner as soon as possible, ”he said. noted.

A Volkswagen Beetle rebuilt by Semih Çakmak, Samsun, Turkey, December 6, 2021 (IHA Photo)

A Volkswagen Beetle rebuilt by Semih Çakmak, Samsun, Turkey, December 6, 2021 (IHA Photo)

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