Proton COE welcomes a 1985 Saga donated by family of late owner who was one of the first purchasers

Proton COE welcomes a 1985 Saga donated by family of late owner who was one of the first purchasers

Proton has taken to LinkedIn to post a story about this 1985 Saga, which is the latest addition to the display area of its Centre of Excellence (COE) in Subang Jaya. This year marks the 39th anniversary of the carmaker’s first production car, and this particular example was donated to Proton by the family of the late Ariffin Hew.

Ariffin, a passionate car enthusiast, was among the first to purchase the Saga when it launched back in July 1985. In the time he owned it, he remained committed to maintaining the car in its original condition, including the original blue paint job and well-preserved interior.

Recognising the significance of the car as a piece of automotive history, his family decided to donate the car to ensure its legacy would be appreciated by future generations. The car was handed over by Rosni Rahmat, wife of the late Ariffin Hew, accompanied by her son in law, Imran Abdullah.

“We are deeply honoured by Ariffin Hew’s generous donation. The 1985 Proton Saga is a significant part of our history, and its display at our HQ will provide a unique opportunity for visitors to connect with our legacy. This exhibition celebrates not just the car, but the spirit of innovation and progress that Proton has gone through,” said Roslan Abdullah, deputy CEO of Proton.

If you’re interested in checking out this rolling time capsule, it will be displayed at Proton COE for one month as part of a special exhibition that also explores the origins of the Saga and its achievements for over three decades.

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Comments

  • Ben Yap on Jul 09, 2024 at 1:56 pm

    the grille of this saga is the facelifted one and not in its original state as 1985. if this car is in its original state as per 1985, it will have spotted the old grille. So this is either not a 1985 Saga or the grille has been replaced.

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  • Pro-Pakisstan on Jul 09, 2024 at 2:27 pm

    Origins of the national nightmare

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    • History Bender on Jul 10, 2024 at 4:11 pm

      Would you rather pay thru your noses for a Toyota?

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    • Bolehland on Jul 10, 2024 at 9:27 pm

      Yes. X cukup P1, muncul pula P2 utk menambah kengerian rakyat jelata.

      Fast forward to 2024. Abolished all diesel & petrol (incoming) subsidies.

      We paid upfront for the f’kin petrol thru the insane tax. And now they literally insult us by removing it.

      Sekalung tahniah & syabas diucapkan.

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  • Brian on Jul 09, 2024 at 3:35 pm

    This will just send to junkyard. Proton has dime a dozen classic 1st gen Sagas on display. What they should have done is donate to a museum.

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  • the driver on Jul 09, 2024 at 4:17 pm

    Not many fond memories from owners – leave it alone. And that’s putting it mildly/kindly

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    • Yt56df on Jul 10, 2024 at 8:52 am

      Cars more than 20 years are hard to maintain. No more spare part, limited 3rd party insurance so on ao fourth.
      I guess the family made a wise decision. The memory of the late gusband and father will go on and theybdon’t have to maintain and store the car.
      At the same time the incoming generation will have a view of the past for the future.

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  • anwar menang, rakyat dikencingkan on Jul 10, 2024 at 7:55 am

    why keep the legacy of the mahatahi for the next generations.

    mahatahi and anwar removed all the history of Hang Tuah and his four warrior friends – Hang Jebat, Hang Kasturi, Hang Lekir and Hang Lekiu when it was proven that they were all chinese warriors

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  • hazri on Jul 10, 2024 at 3:52 pm

    shouldnt donate for free. should ask for good pay.

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  • Biggest Scam Ever on Jul 10, 2024 at 9:28 pm

    1985 – Mimpi Ngeri untuk rakyat Malaysia.

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