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Old 7th October 2009, 13:58   #436
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And they also emptied the petrol tank so that the engine does not start..
But seriously, wheels were removed to lighten the load. Probably petrol tank would also be empty for the same reason.

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But wouldn't they take the tyres any way probably carry them serperately.what do you think ?
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there is an exhibition currently underway at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London entitled "the splendour of India's Royal Courts"

Among the exhibits is this 1927 RR P1. Any clues to who was its original owners ?

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Wow that looks like a master piece.
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Any clues to who was its original owners ?
A post not too long ago identified this car in all probability as 100EF, ex Maharajah of Tana and possibly ex Udaipur. I think Travancore can throw more light on the history of this car
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A post not too long ago identified this car in all probability as 100EF, ex Maharajah of Tana and possibly ex Udaipur. I think Travancore can throw more light on the history of this car
DKG is correct - Chassis 100-EF ; Originally Udaipur (may have gone to Tana at some point). There is a picture in post #402 - thanks to a fellow TBHPian !
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I doubt this has been posted before, but what a super image. Would it have originally been a colour image? And does this car have any royal connections?
Picture seems to have been taken in 1948 and published January 1950. Looks like it was photographed in color.

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Car Transport, Nepal, 1948

"Instead of cars carrying workers, Nepal has workers carrying cars on the rocky, hilly trail from Kathmandu. Here automobiles, stripped of wheels and bumpers, are shoulder-borne to and from the capital, the only Nepalese city with modern roads. This old German-made Mercedes is going to India as a trade-in on a shiny American model. Some 60 coolies, moving to the rhythm of a chant, balance it on long poles."

—From "Peerless Nepal—A Naturalist's Paradise," National Geographic magazine, January 1950
Photograph by Volkmar Wentzel

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Recently Supercharger Mercs of India have been in the news.
The Maharaja of Kashmir had a 1930 Merc 38/250 SS. This car was hardly used, sold to an American collector. From there the car went to Australia, must be one of few ex-Maharaja cars down under, if it is still there, there should be soon a Lanchester...........
This picture is taken from a book, Veteran & Vintage cars by Pedr Davis, published in 1981. Nice book having more pictures of this car and others as well, all cars in Australia.

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I know this car!,It was stored not too far from where I Was living in 1988 in New South wales. Arch Ferrari discoverer Colin Crabbe was responsible for an English Doctor buying the car and it's being in Australia . it was stored with the doctors other cars in Glen Innes . Amongst the cars there were an Issotta Frachini,Delage D8, Hispano Suiza ,Maserati 3500 coupe ,Austin Healy Sprite powered with a Jaguar D type engine (quite a famous car in English racing in the 60's) a morgan 3 wheeler and various other cars . The First three were all reputed to be ex India cars.
The mercedes was sold by Auction in 1988 for $660,000 AUD,and it's whereabouts are unknown today.
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The famed Bahawalpur Bentley is up for auction - RM Auctions in London, Oct 28, 2009.

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Also in the same auction is the Kashmir R-R PI (Chassis 17EX) - posted in the R-R in India thread
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Yesterday i saw picture of 1930 model MAYBAC of Kolhapur maharaj.
photo courtsy Lokprabha magazne.person in photo is raje Malojirao.
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Yesterday i saw picture of 1930 model MAYBAC of Kolhapur maharaj.
photo courtsy Lokprabha magazne.person in photo is raje Malojirao.
Thank you for sharing. Im told that the car is taken out every Dassera.



Here are some pictures of the Pratapgarh Lanchester (still retained by the family, but the car is stationed in the US Im told).

These were taken at Pebble Beach

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I recently came acorss this interesting picture of a Chevy/Oldsmobile (?) van. The car is part of the Jodhpur royal family collection

How rich were the Maharajas before Independence! Cars of the Maharajas-van.jpg

Can the gurus tell us exactly what this is?
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The Mysore Maharajah had a lovely garage in which his royal fleet were parked. These cars were under the supervision of an Italian mechanic named Simonelli(?) in the sixties. The garage continued to be used, albeit a little run down, by the TVS group. Most unfortunately, it was pulled down for a block of ugly flats in the nineties, as Mysore embarked upon the ruthless destruction of its heritage, prompted by land hungry developers, who turned their sights on it after destroying Bangalore. Does anybody have photographs of the Mysore royal garage in its heyday? Mr. T.P. Issar's book named 'Mysore, the Royal City' has a few photos.
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Thank you for sharing. Im told that the car is taken out every Dassera.



Here are some pictures of the Pratapgarh Lanchester (still retained by the family, but the car is stationed in the US Im told).

These were taken at Pebble Beach

As we all know, a lot of Lanchesters landed up in west India with royalty, Jamnagar, Gondal, Nawanagar, Pratabgarh. A few had 8 cylinders, more had 6. This car landed up in Pune lying along with Roni Khan's Bentley and Bugatti, now with Mallya. Then this car was legally exported tp New Zealand as the family migrated. The car left the shored from Gujrat, apparently Vintage club was keen that she did not go and there was a tussle and she went. Apparently a deal was done with some Museum to restore the car and keep for some years, maybe 10. The car was restored, entered Pebble Beach. But she still belongs to the family. This is the only tourer from a few cars commissioned, the others being Limos or Sedans. A real unique car.

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I recently came acorss this interesting picture of a Chevy/Oldsmobile (?) van. The car is part of the Jodhpur royal family collection

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Can the gurus tell us exactly what this is?
It's a Chev Commercial chassis .Because it has a 1937 Front,that would make it a 1938 Build model. Strange,but that is the way Chevrolet did it before WW2.
It's a really nice looking vehicle and possibly a one off or Custom built body.
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The car is a 1928 Cadillac Series 341 (indicating 341 cubic inches engine displacement); it is likely a regular 4-pass. Phaeton or possibly the new (for 1928) 4-pass Sport Phaeton with folding cowl over rear seat passengers' legs and also a folding secondary windshield on that cowl. It's hard to tell the model from the photos available.

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In another thread on unidentified cars this picture was put up. The car was identified as a Cadillac. The original picture was in an article in Vanity Fair, taken from the Book on the cars of the Maharajas by Manvendra Singh and Mrs Dwivedi.
At the Cartier event a similar car was present, so two pictures of that car are also being posted for easy comparison. These pictures were posted by Mr. D.K.Gir. And both were Maharaja cars, so I have put the pics up here.

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