Nigerian Man Builds A Car With Scrap Metal (Video & Transcript)

A Nigerian worker has built a vehicle from old car parts and scrap metal, which he hopes can compete favorably against other international models sold in the country.

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Cruising on the streets of Lagos, the “Rock Auto” is a strange looking vehicle to many but it runs more or less like any other car.

Capable of reaching speeds of up to 100 kilometers per hour, the car’s creator, Sunday Okpere, says it is also capable of navigating the city’s pot holes and flooded roads during the rainy season just like many other vehicles.

Okpere says his interest in building vehicles began when he was a child, making toy cars from discarded tins and wires for his friends at school. Decades later, he decided to unveil his first moving vehicle.

Sunday Okpere said, “There are a lot of things in my brain, because what I am thinking of now is how to build a car for the masses, that will be cheap transport, that is the main thing.”

The automobile is the pride of many Nigerians, often attracting fans eager to pose next to it for photos when it is parked on the street.

Kenneth Osakwe, Lagos resident, said, “This one doesn’t have a price, when you see that somebody can develop something like this, it is our pride.”

The Rock Auto runs on a Peugeot engine. Okpere says he could not raise funds to build his own engine. The rest of the car is made up of discarded material and scrap metal collected from dumpsites.

Okpere says the Rock Auto is just the beginning.

  1. Paulinus Arigu Auta Reply

    Sunday Okpere need to be supported by all well meaning indivuals, coperate bodies and the government. It is a wonderful inovation & it should serve as model for all young nigetians especially the unemployed

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    Whatever may be the condition of your junk car, it is bound to give you some profit and there is just no requirement to give it away free of cost. There are online companies that arrange junk car removal and give you cash for it.

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    Such a nice post. People are free to make their own forms, while conversion kits and components are readily accessible and could be purchased even for other well liked makes and models.

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