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Old 19th July 2008, 22:35   #241
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Hey DKG, the material for the car is under the picture.
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Old 19th July 2008, 22:40   #242
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The car was originally fitted with a Hooper Landaulette body planned to be exported to India. Plans changed, and the car was sent to New York City and into the care of Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt. On a voyage from New York to Liverpool aboard the Lusitania, the ship was attacked by a German U-Boat and sank in less than 20 minutes.
When "plans changed" the body was taken off and this torpedo tourer body fitted to Vanderbilt's order?

When the Lusitania sank who went down with it? Vanderbilt? Obviously not the car as its seen in the picture in recent times?
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Shame it never came to India
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May I add photos of your scale-model Orccha V-16 to the "Toys" section of the Cadillac Database. What was the construction medium? How did you decide on a colour scheme?

Right now, my wife and I are in Europe, until September 8, 2008. So the additions to the Database could not be made before then.

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You absolutely have my permission to add the pictures to your database (I assume that is the Cadillac database car-nection). I had tried to get the original colour scheme from Pininfarina, but they have no records.

The car is currently painted in the cream and blue colour scheme; and I think the book "Automobiles of the Maharajas" also refers to it.

The car was converted from a 1/25 scale Johan phaeton. The boattail is carved from a balsa block and the front fender (mud guard) is modified from a Duesenberg rear fender. Balsa wedges were attached and shaped to from the rear fender

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A Minerva surfaces (or more likely to be one previously discussed) on an orkut album.

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Also featured is this curio. Looks like a toy/pedal car, but is pretty large to be one.

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1926 Daimler 45hp formerly owned by the Maharaja of Rewa with an interesting history transcript at the Blackhawk Car Museum Danville California:
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A Minerva surfaces (or more likely to be one previously discussed) on an orkut album.
it is the same Minerva discussed. it used to be Royal blue and was supposed to be Brown with the ornaments in gold. but i am shocked to see it in this colour. i had seen it when the work had started and was told of the combination that i mentioned. purple and gold i cant digest it .
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came across this 1935 BMW 328 Sports it was being restored and it should be complete by now. this is an ex Gwalior car
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came across this 1935 BMW 328 Sports it was being restored and it should be complete by now. this is an ex Gwalior car
Very exciting to see one of these around; lovely photo speedy, thanks. However, didn't the BMW 328 come into production in 1936?
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Very exciting to see one of these around; lovely photo speedy, thanks. However, didn't the BMW 328 come into production in 1936?
this is what is written at the back of the Picture and was told to my brother by a collector and historian, who was restoring this car.Maybe the year got written wrong. the 328 technically came into production in 1937 according to the arcticle. 1935 and 1936 were spent toying and improviseing the 319 to create the 328.
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Some observations from Harit on the BMW.

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The picture is nice, it is a rare car, but the text is almost totally wrong.
1) Year - already discussed.
2) BMW - This is not a BMW, it is a Fraser Nash BMW. There is a difference.
3) It is not under restoration, it is like this since 1978 when I took a picture of it the first time. It is missing its head, you see and this has not been sourced. In fact recently there was a private event where this car was displayed as it is. I will try to locate and post this picture after 9th Sept. as I will be travelling.
4) Nothing to do with Gwalior, before writing this I spoke to Barwani. He suspected Bhopal, and then mentioned that there used to be a car like this in Nagpur. So I could tell him that this is the Nagpur car because my friend Vohra had bought it from there. Then it passed on to Indore. And the guy in Nagpur had a delicious Mercedes which I suspect may have gone to Kolkotta, but I am not sure.
I believe that there is a second such car in India, some years ago it was advertised for sale. Memory is not clear, but it could have been Kolkotta and a Sardar was the owner
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came across this 1935 BMW 328 Sports it was being restored and it should be complete by now. this is an ex Gwalior car
Wow what a stunner. Has anyone seen it after its been finished?
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Some observations from Harit on the BMW.
i could be wrong but this picture is taken at Manvendra uncles place itself and this is what he had told my brother and hence for record written behind the picture.
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An older picture of most likely the same car.

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Pic of Fraser Nash BMW when my friend purchased. This was is an open shed in Thane. There was still colour on the car. I have a better pic, can't find at the moment. Even bonnet strap is on.
Before we get comments, yes MG is in the foreground, probably gone to Bangalore, now no news.
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An interesting snippet from the web regarding Fraser Nash BMW's and India: (source:http://www.bmwroadster.com/html_history.htm)

"328 Was longer in the strap down bonnet and had a narrower radiator grill pushed further forward. The headlamps were built into the wings. The spare wheel moved to the tail section. No bumpers. It weighed 1,828lbs. The 326 engine was modified in the 328 and was a 2-litre 6-cylinder. The cylinder heads had the valves in a V-configuration. The engine had 3 solex 30 down draught carburettors with seperate air cleaners. The cylinder heads were made of cast aluminum. Fitted in front of the radiator was the oil cooler. Compression ratio was 7.5:1. It had a 96mm stroke engine which allowed the 328 to rev to 5000rpm. It's top speed was 93 mph. Hydraulic shock absorbers were present as well as hydraulic brakes with drums 280mm. The steering wheel was 16 inches with 5-bolt fixings. The tank in the rear held 50-litres with an optional 100-litre fuel tank available. 461 328's were built from 1936 - 1940. 42 Sold in Britian. 1 Went to India as well as 1 going to the U.S.A. (both delivered by Frazer Nash-BMW). 7 Were in chassis form exported to the UK."

An added India connection for Fraser Nash: (source: http://archive.cravenherald.co.uk/2000/1/26/157311.html)

" But one of the best-known names to tackle the scar was Captain Archie Frazer-Nash.
Despite the Hooray Henry name, and the fact he was a son of the Raj, born in India in 1889, Frazer-Nash was not some dilettante playboy-racer.
The family returned to London from India around the turn of the century, and Archie's mother was one of the first women to qualify as a doctor. She had practised in India._

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