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Old 18th March 2012, 22:45   #61
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Default Bentleys in India - 6.5 Liter ?

Here is an interesting picture from LIFE.

I believe the location is Calcutta; and the car looks like a large Bentley
(6.5 Ltr ?) with a polished bonnet and wheel discs ........

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Here is an interesting picture from LIFE.

I believe the location is Calcutta; and the car looks like a large Bentley
(6.5 Ltr ?) with a polished bonnet and wheel discs ........
Is this not " Lalitha Mahal Palace " Mysore . 6.5 Ltr ? A guess I think it is for sure . This is a car surviving I am not sure due to the polished bonnet.

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Here is an interesting picture from LIFE.

I believe the location is Calcutta; and the car looks like a large Bentley
(6.5 Ltr ?) with a polished bonnet and wheel discs ........
At first I thought this might be the Cooch Behar palace but it's not. I can't place any building in Calcutta which looks exactly like this, though of course I could well be wrong.

But something makes be feel that this is not Calcutta, the structure seems to be made of Portland Stone rather than brick and mortar, the former bring common to England. Also, looks like the gents are going hunting, with all the dogs obediently waiting for the run to start. Can't think of this happening in Calcutta, even back then. Maybe the Indians there are guests?

Aaagh, Kasli you beat me to it just as I was typing! And you've been spot on again! But at least I was right that it's not Calcutta, bu not England either.

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Is this not " Lalitha Mahal Palace " Mysore . 6.5 Ltr ? A guess I think it is for sure . This is a car surviving I am not sure due to the polished bonnet.

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I think you are spot on, Kasli. Mysore makes sense with a "fox hunt" as well!

Just a wild guess - but the car could be the Mysore Hispano-Suiza H6 (now in the G.D.Naidu collection).

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I have no record of a large Bentley in Mysore.
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Default Jaipur Bentley 6 1/2 Liter Original Picture ???

I just found this picture today in an Illustrated London News issue dated Jul 26, 1930.

It certainly looks awfully like the Jaipur Bentley. Clare may be interested!

As I looked at it, I discovered that original pictures of the car had only 7 louvres on the scuttle side, later pictures show 9. This picture also has a slightly different trunk at the rear.

This picture also implies Weyman construction. I will let the experts debate...

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Default Jaipur Bentley 6.5 Ltr LR 2778

Looks like the restoration is complete........bound for Pebble Beach 2012 ?

courtesy: R.C.Moss / Flickr. More pictures there.

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And back to the original 7 scuttle louvres again!

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This Bhavnagar 4.5lt Bentley also went under the hammer at Goodwood this year. Lovely car

Description: This 1929 Bentley 4-litre Four-Seat Tourer with coachwork by Vanden Plas comes from the George Daniels collection. It spent the first 35 years of its life in the ownership of the Maharajah of Bhavnagar.
Estimated price: 450,000 pounds or Rs 3.6 crs

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Source : Rare classic cars go to auction - Telegraph

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This Bhavnagar 4.5lt Bentley also went under the hammer at Goodwood this year. Lovely car

Description: This 1929 Bentley 4-litre Four-Seat Tourer with coachwork by Vanden Plas comes from the George Daniels collection. It spent the first 35 years of its life in the ownership of the Maharajah of Bhavnagar.
Estimated price: 450,000 pounds or Rs 3.6 crs

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Source : Rare classic cars go to auction - Telegraph
This was already put up in the Maharaja thread: http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/pre-wa...arajas-48.html (How rich were the Maharajas before Independence! Cars of the Maharajas) post 708.

Lot no 207, The Ex-Maharaja of Bhavnagar Bentley 41/2 Litre Four-Seat Tourer went for GBP 471900/-. WOW

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Lot no 207, The Ex-Maharaja of Bhavnagar Bentley 41/2 Litre Four-Seat Tourer went for GBP 471900/-. WOW
A good, strong result.

Makes me wonder: If the car was still in India, and if it was sold at auction last week in India, would it have still achieved the same price?

If it would that would be true test of a mature market, where you are consistently achieving prices accepted to be the norm for a particular quality of car.

From what I've seen, the lesser stuff like Spitfires and Darts, etc are going for well above what you would pay abroad (that saffron art car for example) and the premium cars aren't, or at least I haven't heard about them (which is easily done).
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The Bhavnagar Bentley and the Rajkot rolls seem to have fetched the same price. If I had to pick one it would be the Bentley without doubt. What an absolutely stunning machine. The bentley is unlikely to grace the shores of India, the Rolls? It is supposed to be coming, coming, coming,When ?? once VCCCI and its newly appointed secretary do the needful. Hope to see it at Cartier2013, of course presuming the show is open to us commoners. Who knows, maybe she will be the star of the 2013 VCCCI show? And no need for farcical judging of that Rolls. She deserves to win, and the owner commended, for bringing her home.
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Is that a Bentley 8-Liter in the background ?

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Is that a Bentley 8-Liter in the background ?

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Looks like Mr. Bhogilal's Rajpipla RR and his 8 litre
Nabha R-R PIII and 8-Liter ? The wheel discs I guess are gone from the Bentley.
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Looks like Mr. Bhogilal's Rajpipla RR and his 8 litre
Yes, definitely Phantom and 8 Litre (with hunting headlight).

My apologies for a repost of sorts, but I think I posted my point below on the "classic" Bentley thread when it should have been here on the WO thread. I am very interested in the 8 Litres in India.

Following the excellent post of the McKenzie 8 litres in the other thread, these special WOs are almost the reason I joined this forum. You guys have not one but two of these cars! There is nowhere online where you can find a discussion of all the McKenzie mod'ed cars...

I looked at Wikipedia and it seems that there were 4 Mckenzie cars? So double the number set out in that thread (2), but still super rare. Here's the link: Bentley 8 Litre - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ....Has anyone driven the McKenzie modified Bentley on here? Can you tell me how it compares to the "normal" 8 Litre? The torque must be ENORMOUS given the extra SU and the huge cubic capacity on a regular 8 Litre anyway...

This is an excellent site for vintage Bentleys by the way - use it all the time. Vintage Bentley cars (1919 to 1931) :: 3-litre, 6-litre, 4-litre, 4-litre S/C, 8-litre & 4-litre :: Info & photographs

It is wonderful to know that all 4 cars still exist, though sadly not one seems to have its original body. :( What's with the doors on the white car though - not my cup of tea?

Is it possible to see pictures of both the Indian 8 Litres now that they have been restored....that was quite an old thread...? Are these cars being used or shown abroad at all? One must run old(er) cars, it's the best medicine.

Are there any forgotten Blower Bentleys in India? Would really love to see pictures of the two cars side by side one day!
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Following the excellent post of the McKenzie 8 litres in the other thread, these special WOs are almost the reason I joined this forum. You guys have not one but two of these cars! There is nowhere online where you can find a discussion of all the McKenzie mod'ed cars...
It's only the coupe which has the Mckenzie modded engine. The other car is a stock 8 litre. Both cars were closed cars originally but later had their roofs chopped off.

There still remains a little bit of mystery about why the coupe doesn't have the full Mckenzie mods but just the engine. This car's engine number does match the car in the US which has all the other mods. BTW the doors have now been restored to a proper design which is more acceptable than what you saw in the pictures. This is an incredible car and I hope she will surface soon fully restored.
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