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Old 13th September 2009, 21:14   #61
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We could start with the cars which were brought in by the British East
India Company for the use of their military and their officials,followed by the cars which were being imported to be sold here to the higher class people excluding the roaylties i.e. the different kings and people of the different darbars.
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We could start with the cars which were brought in by the British East
India Company for the use of their military and their officials,followed by the cars which were being imported to be sold here to the higher class people excluding the roaylties i.e. the different kings and people of the different darbars.
British East Company was kicked out of India 1858, a year after the first war of Independence. The company was dissolved in 1874.
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British East Company was kicked out of India 1858, a year after the first war of Independence. The company was dissolved in 1874.
A little correction is required here. The British East India Company was never "kicked out of this country".

It so happened that after the 1857 issue the British Crown took over the operations of the East India Company under their direct control and the Company was disbanded.
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Here are pictures of a Veteran form Mangalore a 1904 De Dion. This car is supposed to be first car to land on the shores of Mangalore and belonged to a rich family. The car is currently housed in the St. Aloysious Museum at Mangalore for public display. Sadly the engine is missing. The radiator can be seen in the front though.
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Here are pictures of a Veteran form Mangalore a 1904 De Dion. This car is supposed to be first car to land on the shores of Mangalore and belonged to a rich family. The car is currently housed in the St. Aloysious Museum at Mangalore for public display. Sadly the engine is missing. The radiator can be seen in the front though.
Hi KPS,

If I rember correctly, there was an article somewhere about 15 years ago where it was mentioned that this car was in an institute. Was this later shifted to this Museum?
Engines are available in Europe, it is also missing tyres which are also available. It seems that now that she is lying in this Museum nothing will ever happen. Can you try to find out some history. who owned her, how did she land up in the institute and now Museum, any old pictures etc.
Vijay Mallya has a 1906 DeDion, that too came from south India and has engine issues.

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Hi KPS,

If I rember correctly, there was an article somewhere about 15 years ago where it was mentioned that this car was in an institute. Was this later shifted to this Museum?
Engines are available in Europe, it is also missing tyres which are also available. It seems that now that she is lying in this Museum nothing will ever happen. Can you try to find out some history. who owned her, how did she land up in the institute and now Museum, any old pictures etc.
Vijay Mallya has a 1906 DeDion, that too came from south India and has engine issues.

Cheers harit
Harit saab,

The car is still in St Alosius college museum. The museum within the college it self.

Said to be De Dion car was presented by P. F. X. Saldanha


I have sent mail to the college for more information


More info about the college museum is here
Aloysius Museum


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Sorry for the back to back posts......

Just received mail from Fr.Denzil of St Aloysius College.

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the mallayas de dion was in calicut in kerala state i saw this car with an old well to do family about 25 years back he wanted to sell it for ten lakhs i didnt find any thingspecial about this car then but later on my friend told the car was sold to mr mallaya
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the mallayas de dion was in calicut in kerala state i saw this car with an old well to do family about 25 years back he wanted to sell it for ten lakhs i didnt find any thingspecial about this car then but later on my friend told the car was sold to mr mallaya
I am not sure about Mallya's car originating in Calicut. But from what I know, in around 1980 that car was with a used car dealer in Chennai who also had a very fine military Jeep and one or more cars I forget. I have to contact someone and see if he remembers. Shall revert sometime.
BTW, the Choudhurie 1904 Rover in Delhi came from Ooty.

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An old photo (dated 1901?) of a veteran in Madras can be found here

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@ The Mole, did you miss this one??? Sorry for being OT.
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Hi everyone,
I'm new to the forum here but have been reading the threads on Team BHP for sometime now. I found a book on google books while doing some research on vintage and veteran motorcyles in India. I think the information might be of interest to members on the forum so I thought I'd post a link. It is a book by the American Consul in Bombay and was published in 1915 and has some data regarding the imports and dealers of cars in British India before 1915.
British India with notes on Ceylon ... - Google Books

Pages 191 to 204 will probably be of most interest. Hope you all enjoy it.

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Hi everyone,
I'm new to the forum here but have been reading the threads on Team BHP for sometime now. I found a book on google books while doing some research on vintage and veteran motorcyles in India. I think the information might be of interest to members on the forum so I thought I'd post a link. It is a book by the American Consul in Bombay and was published in 1915 and has some data regarding the imports and dealers of cars in British India before 1915.
British India with notes on Ceylon ... - Google Books

Pages 191 to 204 will probably be of most interest. Hope you all enjoy it.

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Hi norton4ever

The link you mention sounds very interesting, but I don't seem to have access to the whole book. How does one download? Or do I have to pay for it?
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Hi karlosdeville
The book is in the public domain here in the US, so I was able to download a pdf version of the book for free from the google books link that I had posted earlier. I guess Google might have restricted access for those from outside the US. I can't attach the pdf for the whole book as it is about 28 MB, but I was able to copy and paste a text version of the pages I had mentioned, and have attached that so that members may read it.

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An old photo (dated 1901?) of a veteran in Madras can be found here

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Something weird about this photograph, compare the size of the Bullock to the car or even the Native man standing next to the car, is that a goat drawing the cart? Even the man looks huge compared to the bullock/goat cart. Could this be a trick photo?
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