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Old 24th March 2015, 17:42   #961
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To be confirmed by experts, but the last Lagonda may have been the Baroda / Bhogilal car. Believe it was created from existing parts, since production had stopped; and the original car was lost at sea before delivery.

I do not have any chassis numbers, so this might just be a fairy tale!
the bhogilal car is chassis# 14097, my car is #14096, both are 1939 cars coincidently just one chassis apart, but my car was not built for export. it was shipped out much later. lagonda v12s were built into early 1940 from existing parts, those chassis numbers are 141xx for the SWB cars. the swb chassis numbers start at 14010.
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can anyone identify the occupants?
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yes, this car was built for, and used by Alan Good for a while.
It is just 6 chassis later than the LeMans v12 racers, and has left over spares from them in it, like the drilled brake drums. it also has a higher ratio axle than standard for this chassis, presumably for high speed continental trips.
it was ordered by the maharajah in the midst of WW2, when civilian car production had long ended, since Lagonda didn't want to refuse an important order, the company presidents car was refurbished and sold. the car was shipped from the factory in September 1940.
I was told earlier this month by a gentleman who is an author of several books on vintage Rolls Royce and others, that this may be the last civilian car, certainly the last sports car exported out of England till the war ended.

Here is presumably your car, Awini, with its "original" owner. The light and dark colours look reversed from today's.



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Here is a large limousine, probably a Lincoln? Proudly bearing plates Miraj (Senior) 4. Wonder if the car survived.

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I am posting pictures of Miraj no. 5, 6 and 7 here so that we can see these all together with Miraj No. 4 . (source TeamBhp)

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interestingly Miraj No. 7 was later seen on this car
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Here is a large limousine, probably a Lincoln? Proudly bearing plates Miraj (Senior) 4. Wonder if the car survived.

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Nice find, Karl. I do not think this is a Lincoln, though can't identify what it is! Desoto or Hupmobile maybe ?

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Here is a large limousine, probably a Lincoln? Proudly bearing plates Miraj (Senior) 4. Wonder if the car survived.

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Karl, your wonderful Miraj find is almost certainly a 1930 Marmon "Big Eight".

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Here is a rare shot of Gayatri Devi behind the wheel of a Mercedes cabriolet (can Mercedes experts identify the car?). But in the back we can distinctly see a 300SL Gullwing. Though probably shot abroad, its exciting to think this shot just may have been taken in India, and that elusive Gullwing is still out there somewhere...

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Here is a rare shot of Gayatri Devi behind the wheel of a Mercedes cabriolet (can Mercedes experts identify the car?). But in the back we can distinctly see a 300SL Gullwing. Though probably shot abroad, its exciting to think this shot just may have been taken in India, and that elusive Gullwing is still out there somewhere...

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What a find its a 300 roadster that shes sitting in. See the thickness of the backrest of the seat.
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What a find its a 300 roadster that shes sitting in. See the thickness of the backrest of the seat.
On digging a bit deeper it has been identified as a 190SL.

Now Cooch Behar did have a 190SL, which is now in Pune. I wonder...!
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Here is a rare shot of Gayatri Devi behind the wheel of a Mercedes cabriolet (can Mercedes experts identify the car?). But in the back we can distinctly see a 300SL Gullwing. Though probably shot abroad, its exciting to think this shot just may have been taken in India, and that elusive Gullwing is still out there somewhere...

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On digging a bit deeper it has been identified as a 190SL.

Now Cooch Behar did have a 190SL, which is now in Pune. I wonder...!
Karl,
The picture shows HH Gayatri Devi at the wheel of a left hand drive, the Poona 190sl being a right hand drive has to be a different car

I am inclined to believe that this picture was taken not in India.

It is possible that she was trying out a 190sl in Germany before deciding to order a right hand drive version for India??
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A photgraph of HH The Maharani Chimnabai II Gaekwad of Baroda getting out of her car, Photo Courtesy : Ranjit Singh Namli

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picture from princely india facebook reads as Maharaja of Cooch Behar Jagaddipendra Narayan on a baby elephant , 1943
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A view of the Maharani Gayatri Devi Girls High School, Jaipur.
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Did the Jaipur garage have a Buick?

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