Who We Are

Mideast Classics is a joint effort between two American grease-monkeys and an Emirati petrolhead.  A shared passion for proper restoration of old automobiles brought them together.

Matar can’t get enough of old Mercedes and Toyota Land Cruisers so he opened a shop in the UAE to restore them to support his hobby. Now that shop is restoring cars for others.

Joel is a Midwestern guy from Kansas who grew up fixing cars with his dad. An expat working in the UAE he has been sucked into tinkering with old Land Cruisers.

Kim is Joel’s dad and taught him everything he knows about cars. Still living in Kansas he runs the Stateside operations, overseeing importation, final quality checks, and delivery to US customers.