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Old 24th December 2008, 16:56   #1
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As per this article in Rediff, first car in India was bought by a resident of Calcutta in 1897.

Jamshedji Tata, along with three others bought cars next year in Bombay.

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It was in 1897 that a resident of Calcutta brought the first car to India. The next year, there were four cars in Bombay, one of them owned by Jamshedji Tata and the other three also by Parsis. That same year, the first pneumatic tyres arrived in Bombay, with Dunlop opening an office in the city.

Madras, it would appear, lagged behind, though it is related that a car was seen on Mount Road on a brief outing in 1894. If that unconfirmed appearance is ignored, the first recorded date of a car being in regular use in Madras is 1901.
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This is a neat article. These cars may all have been coal burning - steam powered ones. Makes one think - what came first ? Petrol or Petrol fired cars ?
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Maybe those who bought cars got few drums of petrol free with cars
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As per this article in Rediff, first car in India was bought by a resident of Calcutta in 1897.

Jamshedji Tata, along with three others bought cars next year in Bombay.
Has been mentioned in another thread : http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/indian...-timeline.html (Indian Auto Industry Timeline)

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* 1897 First Person to own a car in India - Mr Foster of M/s Crompton Greaves Company, Mumbai
* 1901 First Indian to own a car in India - Jamshedji Tata
* 1905 First Woman to drive a car in India - Mrs. Suzanne RD Tata
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