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Old 25th November 2016, 12:03   #91
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An update after a long time. The car is now finally restored and mechanically completed. While she's not perfect, the transformation is incredible. Still plenty to do but I am very happy to see the car up and about. She runs like a dream, and surprisingly peppy on highways. Have driven well over 2000 miles after the restoration and she gets better and better with each mile. Since the car would be used extensively for long distance, we fitted radial tyres, an alternator and upgraded the whole braking system to Padmini TVS Girling system. The reverse light and stop light were installed for long distance drives, which proved very useful.

Here are some pictures - for the first photos I couldn't resist fitting the original plates.

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While on a long run from from Ahmedabad to Bombay bypassing Baroda, I did a quick google map search and saw that I was only a 5km detour away from the late Mrs. Vyarawalla's house. This was an occasion I couldn't miss and I made a quick pitstop to drive past the house where this car spent so many years.

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Congratulations on completing such an original refurbishment to make the car look like it must have in the 1950s. I love it when old cars are redone to the way they were. Mrs. H. Vyarawalla must be pleased as she looks down from up above. The sticker of Ahura Mazda on the rear wind screen is a nice touch to her memory.
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The car looks as it should, as always, Karl, a neat restoration.

Congratulations, many happy motoring hours, but please stop calling her Dalda.

'first press virgin olive oil' sounds better for such a lovely car.

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The car looks fantastic! Those DLD 13 plates are on point! They go so well with the car
It's a shame that we can't keep them officially.

Here is picture of DLD 13 that I clicked at the 2009 VCCCI rally. The transformation is amazing! Congratulations

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The sticker of Ahura Mazda on the rear wind screen is a nice touch to her memory.
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That sticker and Fiats is one lovely combination.

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