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Old 18th October 2015, 02:01   #1021
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Nawab Hamidullah Khan of Bhopal and guests on shikar.
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The Maharaja of Rewa, with what appears to be a Jaguar. Photo ca 1951
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Nawab Hamidullah Khan of Bhopal and guests on shikar.
The details of the guests are in the picture below:

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Source: From a framed photo exhibited at Jehan Numa Palace Hotel, Bhopal

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Hathwa Lincoln 1948. Have we seen this car before ?
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Hathwa Lincoln 1948. Have we seen this car before ?

Not seen by me and new to my knowledge

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Does anyone know this Mercedes or its history ? The Rajendra Prasad gift story does not seem to make sense, or maybe it does.
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Does anyone know this Mercedes or its history ? The Rajendra Prasad gift story does not seem to make sense, or maybe it does.
Where was this display? I ask because a school friend of mine hails from the 'Sheohar' family (Bihar) and while I was attending his wedding in Patna a couple of years back, his cousin, a scion to 'Hathwa' raj told me about a fleet of their former state cars kept at their Patna garage. I had even gone to his house the day after the wedding to see the cars but alas, he had fallen sick and couldn't show me the cars. He did mention a Lincoln though.

So in any case, there is a Lincoln in Patna.
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Where was this display? I ask because a school friend of mine hails from the 'Sheohar' family (Bihar) and while I was attending his wedding in Patna a couple of years back, his cousin, a scion to 'Hathwa' raj told me about a fleet of their former state cars kept at their Patna garage. I had even gone to his house the day after the wedding to see the cars but alas, he had fallen sick and couldn't show me the cars. He did mention a Lincoln though.

So in any case, there is a Lincoln in Patna.
I believe it was at the Sri Krishna Science Center, sometime in May. Seems to have been organized by the Bihar Motor Sports Club (?)
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Does anyone know this Mercedes or its history ? The Rajendra Prasad gift story does not seem to make sense, or maybe it does.
Dr Rajendra Prasad had as his official car a convertible caddy of the fifties which remained in Rashtrapati Bhavan as the Presidents car after he stepped down as the President in May 1962. He passed away a few months later, early 1963, and never owned a Mercedes.

He was a man of simple values and tastes !

Such stories are spun , sometimes by current owners, often by journalists , so must be taken with a huge spoon of salt.
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Dr Rajendra Prasad had as his official car a convertible caddy of the fifties which remained in Rashtrapati Bhavan as the Presidents car after he stepped down as the President in May 1962. He passed away a few months later, early 1963, and never owned a Mercedes.

He was a man of simple values and tastes !

Such stories are spun , sometimes by current owners, often by journalists , so must be taken with a huge spoon of salt.
I think that could be the same Cadillac now in Goa.

Having said that there were I believe at least 2 Mercedes 300s, maybe 3, used as state cars. One was a later 300D convertible, which survives in Dubai I think. Another older one is with the Bhogilal collection, now I forget whether hard top or convertible (he had both, plus a lovely 300SC).
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I think that could be the same Cadillac now in Goa.

Having said that there were I believe at least 2 Mercedes 300s, maybe 3, used as state cars. One was a later 300D convertible, which survives in Dubai I think. Another older one is with the Bhogilal collection, now I forget whether hard top or convertible (he had both, plus a lovely 300SC).
Tweety says that Dr Rajendra Prasad never owned a car in his life. therefore he could not have gifted it.

A lovely state car of similar type can also be seen in an Indore collection.
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I believe this Daimler is ex-Raja Dhanrajagiri. DKG should know!

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One of the Patiala cars for Sale at Bonhams this year

A wonderful Maybach 1933 DS-8 Zeppelin Cabriolet

http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/23234/lot/48/

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Wow! so far the most beautiful car I've seen on this thread. Looks like it's moving even while standing still.
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A Willys-Knight for an "Indian Potentate", ca 1928

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Sardar Patel laid the foundation stone of new Science block in the Malavaya College Jaipur on 17.12.47. Visitors attending the ceremony.
The famous Jaipur Bentley:

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Source: Photodivision GOI.
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