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Junked Dodge Colt turns 'celestial' in hands of Cambridge mechanic

Posted by Clifford Atiyeh  March 24, 2009 05:55 PM

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HolyColt-609.jpgMechanic Mahmood Rezaei-Kamalabad behind the wheel of his converted 1989 Dodge Colt.

Inspired by his Muslim faith and the almighty McLaren F1, Cambridge mechanic Mahmood Rezaei-Kamalabad of Aladdin Auto Service performed an odd miracle on a 1989 Dodge Colt: he moved the steering column, seats, and pedals to the middle of the car.

"If you look at the animal, the first things God created for us, we sit on the back of the animal. He did not create some animal you sit on the left or right side of the animal. The weight has to be even," said Rezaei-Kamalabad in Globe columnist Peter DeMarco's story last Sunday. "If the weight is on one side more than another, in a couple of months the animal is going to be crooked in shape. Basically, we are crooked in our mentality, but the people are not aware of it."

The sight of someone buying a Colt or its sister Mitsubishi Mirage - even in these cash-strapped automotive times - is a phenomenon itself. Rezaei-Kamalabad spent $200 on it and an untold amount converting the Colt into what he calls the "Celestial Car." It only has one front seat, one windshield wiper, and two rearview mirrors. The radio controls are split on either side of the driver, and prayer rugs replace the factory floor mats.

"The person goes to the synagogue, church, and mosque and prays, and he starts to [have a] healing sense in the middle. And he comes and sits in the car, and in five seconds all is gone."

Read more about this holy Colt conversion in Peter's column.

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