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Old 12th April 2012, 22:53   #706
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Thanks for your posting. My husband had the most interesting period of his life in India. He thoroughly enjoyed motoring the length and breadth of India in his vintage car- the Alvis 20/25 . He took this car with him when he was commisioned by the British Govt. to help with the setting up of the IIT in New Delhi. During the 6 years he was in India, he was very active in the Vintage car movement and he helped organised many rallies every year whilst he was there. He found the Dilambda 1929 and brought this to Uk when he returned. We went to India together in the 1980s when he was invited back to IIT to receive an award . I remember meeting so many of his friends and saw a great many vintage cars. The most spectacular car was a Hispana Suisa which his friend was restoring in Dehli. Not sure where that car is now but I still have a photograph of it. will share it one day when I have more time to download the pics.
the hispano being restored in uncle seth,s house is in good hands, still in delhi, and the restorer is a member of this forum, not active for a while though.
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Thanks for the posting and the pics. It was indeed very nostalgic to see the 2 cars side by side. I have sadly given the Alvis away but thankfully I still have the Dilambda and also a 1932 Bentley 3 1/2 litre saloon with William Arnold body.

They are still in its original body and working very well.
Would love to see pictures of all the three cars if possible.

Is the Bentley also connected to India ?
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George Daniels, one of the greatest watch makers, was also a collector of fine cars. These are being auctioned by Bonhams and included an ex Maharaja of Bhavnagar 1929 4 1/2 Litre four seat tourer.

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Better images of the said car. Very Handsome and really sporting.

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George Daniels, one of the greatest watch makers, was also a collector of fine cars. These are being auctioned by Bonhams and included an ex Maharaja of Bhavnagar 1929 4 1/2 Litre four seat tourer.

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George Daniels, one of the greatest watch makers, was also a collector of fine cars. These are being auctioned by Bonhams and included an ex Maharaja of Bhavnagar 1929 4 1/2 Litre four seat tourer.

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Hi Sir,

I happen to vaguely remember the name "George Daniels" as I had heard of the name from a friend who is a watch/clockmaker/inventor, i sent this link out to him and i got some pictures of which i post one here and hope is not irrelevant. The picture is from the "Horological Journal" which has a cover of Dr.George Daniels working on what could possibly be the same car? The article is about his watchmaking skills as well as his mechanical skills while celebrating his 70th birthday. If anyone is interested, i could post the entire article. Just not sure if it is the right thread to post.

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Hi Sir,

I happen to vaguely remember the name "George Daniels" as I had heard of the name from a friend who is a watch/clockmaker/inventor, i sent this link out to him and i got some pictures of which i post one here and hope is not irrelevant. The picture is from the "Horological Journal" which has a cover of Dr.George Daniels working on what could possibly be the same car? The article is about his watchmaking skills as well as his mechanical skills while celebrating his 70th birthday. If anyone is interested, i could post the entire article. Just not sure if it is the right thread to post.

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Nice picture. It however looks like a blown (supercharged) 4.5 Ltr.
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Nice picture. It however looks like a blown (supercharged) 4.5 Ltr.
It does indeed, maybe it was supercharged at some point.

There is no supercharger visible in earlier pictures.
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Nice picture. It however looks like a blown (supercharged) 4.5 Ltr.
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It does indeed, maybe it was supercharged at some point.

There is no supercharger visible in earlier pictures.
Hi Sirs,

They could be different cars, could they not be? Because, the bodies seem to be different, the car for sale seems to have different front mudguards, which slope back while the car in the journal seems to have motorcycle kind of mudguards. Also there are slats in the bonnet on the top in the Journal car while they seem to be missing in the other one. Also the blower is not present in the bonhams car. And i dont know if this makes any sense, but the number plates have different numbers. My two bits of observation.

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There is a slight mystery here.
The Bhavnagar car was not Supercharged, and George Daniel did have a Supercharged Bentley, the Birkin car also known as Blower No 1 which was a red single seater car.
Perhaps there is no Supercharger on that car in the picture?

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I have heard that India's famous "Star of India" is sailing, to India.
If this is true, then Kudos to the Rajkot family, hope the car will remain in India. This will be the first big ticket car to return, and with no help from the Indian Government.
Looking forward to an opportunity to see this car live, in these photos she is great.

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It is indeed wonderful that this car is coming back. I hope in the years to come collectors in India will find ways to bring many more such special cars back home, where they belong !
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A photo in poor condition, but just have a look at the car! Which one could this be? Those wheel spats and the rear may strike a chord in someones mind.

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A photo in poor condition, but just have a look at the car! Which one could this be? Those wheel spats and the rear may strike a chord in someones mind.

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It is ofcourse the striking Jodhpur Rolls, still in fine fettle with them.

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This is a 1960 Chevy convertible, probably being used during some Jodhpur event.
The picture is damaged in places.

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Late HH Nawab Mohammad Jamiyat Khanji Babi Bahadur of Balasinor and son in law of the Nawab of Junagadh. Car appears to be a late 1920s Buick.

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Another Junagadh car in the Reliability trials 1905, possibly a curved dash Oldsmobile

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LA VIE AU GRAND AIR numéro 331 du 12 janvier 1905
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