Food Truck Operator Transforms Classic Car for Deliveries During Lockdown

Napoleon Hill once said, “In every adversity, there lies a seed of equal or greater benefit”. And true enough, many entrepreneurs sought and found opportunities during the lockdowns. Meet Muhammad Safwan Subry from Alor Setar, Kedah a northern state in Peninsular Malaysia.

Safwan was already a food truck operator selling from a modified Mercedes-Benz 0309D, which was a school bus in another lifetime, when the pandemic hit. When the multiple lockdowns resulted in many food businesses temporarily and permanently closing down, he decided that rather than just wait around for the next easing of restrictions, there was nothing stopping him from offering delivery services himself.


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Safwan is into old-school classic cars and decided to convert a Volvo 240GL, which he bought for RM3,000, into a stylish mobile food delivery vehicle. He spent another RM10,000 to equip it with a nitro cold brew pressurised tank and delivery system that fit into the boot space.

A shiny gold tap was installed right on the boot lid and the flat surface makes for a perfect countertop.

Louvres cover the rear windscreen and a retro cargo roof rack carries a decorative oil barrel with his brand’s logo. 16” rims and a matte black vinyl wrap, the same one used on his modified school bus, complete the look. The vehicle retains its original 2.4-litre engine mated to a five-speed manual transmission.

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“I did a lot of the technical work myself – learned and discovered via Youtube. It saves time and money, whilst I gain new skills and experience,” he said.

Safwan plans to expand his business into other states in the near future but for now, you can find him serving cold brew coffee, milkshakes, pizza and other foods around Alor Star. Find out more on Facebook and Instagram.

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