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Old 15th January 2009, 00:32   #1
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1926 Daimler Salon Cabriolet

Photographed at the Blackhawk Auto Museum in Danville, California. Photos by Douglas Wilkinson.

This Daimler was special ordered by Gulab Singh, the Maharajah of Rewa of India. Barker and Company, London, built the body using panels of German silver (a nickel-brass alloy) hand formed over an intricate wooden frame. There are two sets of windows - one of clear glass and the other of smoked Triplex. With all the glass raised and the top up, the Maharajah's two wives could not be seen as they traveled throught the Kingdom.

Boa constrictor-shaped horns are mounted on the fenders, and during hunting expeditions, servants rode on the rattan seates attached to the running boards. In addition to the speedometer, tachometer and oil temperature gauges on the dashboard, another gauge measures air temperature and a gradient meter shows the angle of the huge car on the terrain.

It was rumored that when the car was discovered in the 1970s, four elephants were used to carry it from the jungle in a giant sling. The tires on this car are original issue from 1926.

Model: Model 45 HP Salon Cabriolet
Engine: 6-cylinder, in-line, OHV
Displacement: 451 cubic inch
Horespower: 51.36 (R.A.C.)
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Old 15th January 2009, 03:03   #2
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Nice find,Ramanna!What a piece of art this is!And nice gadgets on the dash.
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