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Old 19th November 2008, 21:27   #16
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OT:Vintage Gurus i have a question.
I see that the LM dashboard has Autometer gauges installed. I have also seen an old Enfield Bullet with Autometer speedometer. Were these manufactured by the same American company that makes Autometer performance gauges?
Autometer was offered as OE for donkeys years in India. My 71 Fiat also has Autometer guages.

The Landmaster should have golden Smith meters, but are replaced with Amby Smith units, well, at least the left side guage. The right side guage is a knock off Smith, probably made specifically as Amby replacement.

Come Dec 3rd and all taxis in Bombay over 25 years old will be off the roads. The last surviving black and yellow Italian Fiat with suicide doors too has just cancelled its registration. Fortunately after much hunting at the last minute we were able to find a buyer and save this well preserved car from being scrapped. More details later as they come in.
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Old 19th November 2008, 23:21   #17
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Come Dec 3rd and all taxis in Bombay over 25 years old will be off the roads. The last surviving black and yellow Italian Fiat with suicide doors too has just cancelled its registration. Fortunately after much hunting at the last minute we were able to find a buyer and save this well preserved car from being scrapped. More details later as they come in.
Sorry for the but its real sad news!

A shame they didnt preserve evn cars of "heritage" status- cars like this one wouldve been really good atleast for tourism! Oh well....yeh hai India.
Good that this car was saved atleast! Was the number changed to a private one?
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Sorry for the but its real sad news!

A shame they didnt preserve evn cars of "heritage" status- cars like this one wouldve been really good atleast for tourism! Oh well....yeh hai India.
Good that this car was saved atleast! Was the number changed to a private one?
I believe the new owner's quite passionate, and is going to maintain her as she is - in black and yellow, with meter, complete. Another welcome entrant to FCCCI Mumbai !!
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The number of this car looks as if it was coverted to a taxi only about 15 yrs ago.
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The number of this car looks as if it was coverted to a taxi only about 15 yrs ago.
It was converted in 98 Im told. Prior to that it was a singled owned car, belonging to a Parsee gent.
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A touching story about a beautiful friendship, anjan. People like Mohammed & cars like MHG 099 are indeed not just rare, but almost extinct now.
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A touching story about a beautiful friendship, anjan. People like Mohammed & cars like MHG 099 are indeed not just rare, but almost extinct now.
Thanks esteem_lover i'll tell Mohammed about the love and concern members are expressing here.
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Thanks condor and esteem_lover I'll meet Mohammed and tell him about the love and concern of my fellow teambhp members.
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Any updates on the Mumbai taxi restoration?
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i have a pair of NOS land master lenses .if anybody wants ready to part with it
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This is an article written by me on Mr Mohammed Sadiq and his 1957 Landmaster taxi, that appeared in a very recent issue of Quality First, the journal of MCOIC, Oxford, U.K.(Morris Cowley, Oxford and Issis Owners Club).
expanding the letters MCOIC with more about the models, the Morris Cowley was a down market version of the Oxford.The bench seats had coir and no foam.Also the dash was trimmed. It was the no-frills version. Our Landmasters were the Oxford Series II, but without the heater available in the U.K. as O.E.The Issis was a six cylinder, longer engine bay-bonnet version of the Oxford and is now much sought after in the U.K., being rarer.
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Sorry, uploading problems in the previous post. Have subdivided each page into two and have posted the contents here:
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Again uploading the write-up (pages 2 and 3)which was not legible in the last post.
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The taxi has been taken off the road by Mr Mohammed Sadiq more than a year back.The permit had expired and there was no way he could renew it within the framework of the MV Act. Its now parked in the owner's house.the rear windscreen is broken as I came to know. And selling it! Mr Mohammed won't part with his very valuable possession under any circumstances.
I will visit him and post some more details.
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This car is no ordinary car according to me. This is a tough survivor of time, taxis which are the most used and which gets changed or modified due to commercial reasons this is a definate winner, I am worried that this car is getting into the black hole as its is not road worthy and standing idle to add up the rear windshield is broken so this needs to be saved. I hope the owner thinks a better betterment for the car by giving it a caring home.
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