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Old 14th September 2013, 12:28   #1
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There were many OEM as well as aftermarket period accessories in cars of the classic and vintage era.There were specialised brands catering to certain Marques also. Example- Dehne, Perohaus, Huma used to manufacture accessories for Mercedes and Volkswagen.

The common accessories in those era was
1.Fender flagpoles
2.Spotlights
3.Suction fans
4.Gravel guards
5.Foglights
6.Backuplights
7.Different types of gauges like - Tachometer, Voltmeter, Amperemeter, Oilpressure

Our own Ambassador,fiats and herald had its share of period accessories
Let the experts and afficionados contribute

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Neat thread.

More common accessories especially for the Indian market included sun visors, fender mounted mirrors, shikaar lights

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...and of course badges!

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A now unseen item are sun blinds

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And here is my 62 Amby with accessory side trims (I love them!), chain mud flaps (I could live without them) and ornate luggage carrier

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But for me the ultimate accessorised car I've seen locally has to be the Studebaker Station Wagon in Bombay. Kasli, please do the honours.

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WEGU lighted ''D'' badge a popular VW accesory
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...and of course badges!..........

And here is my 62 Amby with accessory side trims (I love them!), chain mud flaps (I could live without them) and ornate luggage carrier..........
Be careful with those badges, they are
1) Valuable
2) Impede the flow of air, could affect cooling.

If I remember correctly, side trims were offered by the company in the 1960's, many many Ambys had this design of trims on them.

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As seen in the Plymouth
  1. Ray Pilot Lamp (which is linked o the the steering)
  2. Trumpet Horns
  3. Radiator mascot
  4. Fender mounted dual wheels (standard deluxe trim)
  5. Cowl Lights
  6. Strap-on mirror on the fender wheels
  7. Stepney lock
  8. Whitewall tyres (was also standard)
  9. Exhaust deflector
  10. Chrome strips on the back of the car
  11. Badges
  12. On the foot board aluminum plate to scrape feet. This is made by Tiffanys in my car
  13. Removable Ashtray
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The jeweled safety star and the BUG deflector-sixties era bug accessories
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The trunk in the rear of the car is another wonderful accessory. Here is are pictures of two different types of trunks

First is a customized trunk built specifically for the car. This is the Ex-Kolhapur Sunbeam now in the Manjusha Museum. The trunk is in leather and is very luxurious with partitions.
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The second set is of a mass produced period trunk as seen in my Plymouth
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Another accessory discussed the Shikaar lights. The Sunbeam sports the Shikaar light and is easily accessible by the driver
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Here is another accessory for VW''s - bee catcher.Manufacturer ILA
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Another important accessory was the Calormeter or temperature gauge, like this one on my Morris , this calormeter known as the " Baby" model was manufactured by Wilmot breeden.

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accessory Drink holder which fits into the dashboard ashtray slot

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This type of Vent trims were a popular accessory of the seventies
Really simple to fit, just wind the window down, slide the trim up to the top.Gives extra ventilation when driving but also means your car is secure when parked up whilst still having the ventilation.Really helped in humid conditions.
There was a similar black plastic accessory fitted to Padminis and ambassadors in the seventies.Hope Rony and Haritji may remember it .Ther was a few round holes whih a slat in the centre.Local'taxi drivers used to refer to it as ''air cooler'' in those days because something to that effect was inscribed on it
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There was a similar black plastic accessory fitted to Padminis and ambassadors in the seventies.Hope Rony and Haritji may remember it .Ther was a few round holes whih a slat in the centre.Local'taxi drivers used to refer to it as ''air cooler'' in those days because something to that effect was inscribed on it
I do remeber them, and a friend has a set lying around that I hope to have him gift me some day
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I do remeber them, and a friend has a set lying around that I hope to have him gift me some day
While the gifting part can wait how about getting a photo of the same here?
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This type of Vent trims were a popular accessory of the seventies
Really simple to fit, just wind the window down, slide the trim up to the top.Gives extra ventilation when driving but also means your car is secure when parked up whilst still having the ventilation.Really helped in humid conditions.
There was a similar black plastic accessory fitted to Padminis and ambassadors in the seventies.Hope Rony and Haritji may remember it. There was a few round holes with a slat in the centre. Local taxi drivers used to refer to it as ''air cooler'' in those days because something to that effect was inscribed on it
I have used these on my Dads Fiats in the 70's. As far as I can remember, they were made by a company called 'TRANSFLOW'.
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Some nice accessories on FIATs.

1. Ring around the horn button
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2. Designer wheel caps and sunshade
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3. Extra Godrej lock on driver door and on dicky.
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4. Period Pioneer system seen in a Premier President!
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