Go Back   Team-BHP > BHP India > Vintage Cars & Classics in India > Pre-War


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 19th March 2008, 10:25   #31
BHPian
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: New Delhi
Posts: 496
Thanked: 261 Times
Default

This is the Delhi V12 Rapide
Attached Thumbnails
Miscellaneous cars in Delhi-image070.jpg  

Miscellaneous cars in Delhi-image171.jpg  

awini is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 19th March 2008, 10:49   #32
DKG
Senior - BHPian
 
DKG's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Hyderabad
Posts: 3,706
Thanked: 928 Times
Default

Awini

The Lagonda V12 sounds awesome. I saw a film of one just like yours on Pebble Beach, as it ambled onto the greens early morning, what a car, what a sound.

Correct me if I am wrong but is your car not the Jodhpur car? later acquired from the Nath family? If so I believe the Rajmata recently told the previous owner this car used to be a favourite with the previous Maharajah. Hope you have pitures of the car when it was with the royal family. Also am I correct in assuming this is a factory bodied Lagonda and not one of the private coachbuilder creations?

Do you use the car regularly? Do please write about your experiences with the car.

You have a stunning machine and I hope you will not spare any expense in returning it to its former glory.
DKG is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 20th March 2008, 00:18   #33
BHPian
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: New Delhi
Posts: 496
Thanked: 261 Times
Default

yes, this is that very car. i don't have any pics of the car when it was with the Jodhpur family or earlier when it was with Alan Good in England.
and yes, this is a mere factory body, nothing exotic.
i haven't even started it in nearly three years, let alone drive it. just don't have the time at the moment.
but yes, when i was driving it around, it drives more like a car from the forties or fifties rather than from the thirties. and its pretty quick even by today's standard i crossed 60 MPH once on the road outside the oberoi hotel, but chickened out because the brakes wernt working, but the car was still accelerating. it still should do a 0-60 mph in about 12-13 seconds when properly tuned. it produces 180bhp in the current state of tune and revs to 5500 rpm. and it has an exhaust cutout... :-)

Last edited by awini : 20th March 2008 at 00:29.
awini is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 20th March 2008, 05:07   #34
BHPian
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: London UK
Posts: 700
Thanked: 125 Times
Default

Awini, you have a treasure, enjoy, the ring roads are pretty empty at night
Any help I can give from here regarding sourcing or info you are most welcome to, though you seem to be well connected.
I have never purchased a car in my life (always something came with the job Ambassador ((6 years )) or Gypsy), and have only ever owned one, that was a present to us from my Father before he died, its a vintage Audi of 1989. No collection, no prized piece, nor do I want one. Familiarity brings contempt or boredom. But something like your Lagonda would be surely tempting indeed. Mainly as the engine is such a challenge. Enjoy the challenge. Best wishes.

Meanwhile somewhere in Delhi was a Cadillac V8, a regular annual Delhi rally participant (there was also one in Jaipur but it had had its roof chopped off. The question: Is the Delhi car this? (Not Vanden Plas's best creation).
Name:  Caddy 1.JPG
Views: 1131
Size:  57.7 KB
Name:  Caddy 2.JPG
Views: 1044
Size:  43.5 KB


Here's the Jaipur car, it was definitely a chopped roof conversion. A popular wedding hire car.
Miscellaneous cars in Delhi-queenie-5.jpg
(See Queenie film thread)
Yes that is Kirk Douglas in the howdah behind it and that is Mr Seth's old driver Vishant Singh to the right

Does anyone remember the Delhi Cadillac which belonged to the owner of the Hello shampoo company in Faridabad in the 80s? I think this is the same car possibly.

B/W photos from Vanden Plas Coachbuilders by Brian Smith

Last edited by Rehaan : 20th March 2008 at 10:58. Reason: 7 Smileys !! There is a 2smiley per post rule Julian.
Julian UK is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 20th March 2008, 10:08   #35
BHPian
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: New Delhi
Posts: 496
Thanked: 261 Times
Default

thanks, julian, i too have never bought a car. the studebaker and karmann are old family cars, the mg is a gift from an uncle, who was glad to see it go,and the lagonda is a wedding gift from my parents. i did buy a rajdoot bobby recently though... cost a princely rs 6000!!

actually, this is the vanden plas cadillac, ex jodhpur, now owned by the rajasthan government, and to the right is the faridabad cadillac, its ex jind. it hasnt been out for some years now, since the owner lost his wife, and since the son mostly stays in switzerland there's no one to drive it. not for sale though.. i asked.
p.s. i replied to your pm, but im not sure it went through, did you get it?

Last edited by awini : 20th March 2008 at 10:22.
awini is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 20th March 2008, 10:24   #36
DKG
Senior - BHPian
 
DKG's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Hyderabad
Posts: 3,706
Thanked: 928 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by awini View Post
this is a mere factory body, nothing exotic.
No way!!! I think its way too exotic. Its a stunning Lagonda and a beautiful shape. I love the way it looks. I think the designers at Lagonda quite out did themselves.

You are truly fortunate to be the custodian of something so special and your car deserves a world class restoration. Best wishes to you

Will see if I can persuade people I know who are related to the Jodhpur family to get some pictures of the car if they exist while it was in the royal household

Last edited by DKG : 20th March 2008 at 10:26.
DKG is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 20th March 2008, 10:28   #37
Team-BHP Support
 
karlosdeville's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Pune
Posts: 9,621
Thanked: 8,048 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Julian UK View Post
I have never purchased a car in my life (always something came with the job Ambassador ((6 years )) or Gypsy), and have only ever owned one, that was a present to us from my Father before he died, its a vintage Audi of 1989.
Quote:
Originally Posted by awini View Post
thanks, julian, i too have never bought a car. the studebaker, austin and karmann are old family cars, the mg is a gift from an uncle, who was glad to see it go,and the lagonda is a wedding gift from my parents.

Modern day Maharajas I see.
karlosdeville is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 20th March 2008, 14:00   #38
BHPian
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: London UK
Posts: 700
Thanked: 125 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by awini View Post
and to the right is the faridabad cadillac, its ex jind.
Miscellaneous cars in Delhi-queenie6-.jpg
So this is the Jind car from Delhi. I worked on it a few times and it was definitely an original body, but the Jaipur car had very obvious signs of a local conversion.
Julian UK is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 21st March 2008, 15:17   #39
BHPian
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: N Delhi/Pune/Kolkata/Schwarzenfeld
Posts: 884
Thanked: 276 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by awini View Post
thanks, julian, i too have never bought a car. the studebaker and karmann are old family cars, the mg is a gift from an uncle, who was glad to see it go,and the lagonda is a wedding gift from my parents. i did buy a rajdoot bobby recently though... cost a princely rs 6000!!

actually, this is the vanden plas cadillac, ex jodhpur, now owned by the rajasthan government, and to the right is the faridabad cadillac, its ex jind. it hasnt been out for some years now, since the owner lost his wife, and since the son mostly stays in switzerland there's no one to drive it. not for sale though.. i asked.
p.s. i replied to your pm, but im not sure it went through, did you get it?
Awini, I thought you gifted the Lagonda to your dad on his birthday!
Prabal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22nd March 2008, 18:49   #40
BHPian
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: London UK
Posts: 700
Thanked: 125 Times
Default

I know this is picture of a motorcycle but before it disappears into the depths of the non vintage motorcycle thread I just had to share it in this vintage vehicle section of the forum. Its such a lovely setting. I'll ask for it to be removed if their are objections to its presence in the car section.
A friend of mine's Indian chief in New Delhi about 1980.
Miscellaneous cars in Delhi-scan0002b.jpg
Are they real Sadhus?
Julian UK is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22nd March 2008, 20:27   #41
BHPian
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: New Delhi
Posts: 496
Thanked: 261 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Prabal View Post
Awini, I thought you gifted the Lagonda to your dad on his birthday!
no, i didn't, cant afford it , besides it would be a very stupid, not to mention selfish, gift. considering he would never drive it. i did however get him a limited edition (1 of 100) gold omega watch with an enameled dial, which he appreciates much more.

Last edited by awini : 22nd March 2008 at 20:33.
awini is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 23rd March 2008, 00:32   #42
Senior - BHPian
 
iraghava's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Bhaiyyaland
Posts: 8,028
Thanked: 153 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Julian UK View Post
Are they real Sadhus?
Maybe, some of them look like Sadhu's. But most of them seem to be Tribals rather than Sadhu's.
iraghava is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 23rd March 2008, 02:03   #43
BHPian
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: London UK
Posts: 700
Thanked: 125 Times
Default

Some of them look quite well attired, the owner of the bike Andrew drove the Ariel motorcycle in Gandhi's entourage in the Gandhi film and you can hear the big end knocking in the film.
Julian UK is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 18th April 2008, 19:59   #44
BHPian
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: London UK
Posts: 700
Thanked: 125 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by boeuff View Post
Has anyone heard of a car called Turner?
I ask this because my grandfather always used to mention that after the Maharajah of Mysore, the only other car in Mysore was owned by his father/grandfather and it was called Turner.

My grandfather was born in 1908 and he died at the age of 97.

Cheers,

Here is a Turner steam car
Turner steam car for private mail service of Maharajah of Gwalior
Julian UK is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 19th April 2008, 06:38   #45
BHPian
 
boeuff's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Blr
Posts: 176
Thanked: 63 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Julian UK View Post
Some of them look quite well attired, the owner of the bike Andrew drove the Ariel motorcycle in Gandhi's entourage in the Gandhi film and you can hear the big end knocking in the film.
You may want to see some of the pictures from the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham that I took during a visit last year in the link below.

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/motorb...eels-gone.html (Of Days & Wheels Gone by...!)
boeuff is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Repainted Duster sold as brand new by Renault South Delhi (M/s Sprint Cars, Delhi) Kshitizag Indian Car Dealerships 46 21st April 2017 14:14
Miscellaneous other cars in India Julian UK Vintage Cars & Classics in India 209 3rd August 2016 05:55
Car audio dealers in delhi ?? more specifically South Delhi or Noida beanstalk_230 In-Car Entertainment 42 22nd December 2009 15:17
Planning long holiday, Delhi-Leh-Delhi, Delhi-Gangotri-Delhi by road arunforu1 Route / Travel Queries 19 22nd August 2009 02:25


All times are GMT +5.5. The time now is 06:42.

Copyright 2000 - 2017, Team-BHP.com
Proudly powered by E2E Networks