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Old 1st January 2011, 19:09   #316
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At the recently concluded Sportscraft rally to Khandala from Vashi, Harit brought out his Singer SM1500 (?). This delightfully quirky looking car was assembled in India, I was surprised to find out.
does it still have the Herald air-filter on??
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At the recently concluded Sportscraft rally to Khandala from Vashi, Harit brought out his Singer SM1500 (?). This delightfully quirky looking car was assembled in India, I was surprised to find out. It bore a plate on the dash that said assembled and distributed by Dewar's garage, Calcutta.
Wow, this is the first time I'm seeing a car like this - probably very rare now, though assembled in India ?
Can we request Harit to honour us with some detailed photos ?

From the look of it, is the car 'pillarless' when both the front and rear doors are opened ?

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Apparently Capt. Chauhan (Vintageman) also picked up a Singer a year before. I am reattaching a pic of the car.
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PS - Harit, it really would be nice if you could wash the car the next time you bring it!
What and loose the barn find look .....the car looks much more interesting as is, a wash would take away from its charecter
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'saw this Fiat at my local garage last week, not sure if its a Delight or a President.

The grille is of a President, so are the bumpers but then all other stuff are 1100 Delight.

Note the original 'grooveless' glass rubbers still intact!

The regn. is of the early 70s but then could be a re-registered delight too.

Only checking the comm. no. plate under the bonnet would help.

'looks like it was lying neglected for a while, going by the rust and state of the interior.

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That is a Delite Grille not a president grille from the angle I can see.. This is a Delite with later bumpers most probably.
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It clearly is President Grille! The car is surely a Delight with President grille and bumper.
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Old 6th February 2011, 19:13   #323
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IMO it surely is a Fiat delight with some fittings borrowed from its later siblings such as the President grill, rims, bumpers et al. Also i think the Jewel lights, glove pocket lock came till delights as i have never seen a President with the same and not to forget the hard to find push button dicky lock.
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IMO it surely is a Fiat delight with some fittings borrowed from its later siblings such as the President grill, rims, bumpers et al. Also i think the Jewel lights, glove pocket lock came till delights as i have never seen a President with the same and not to forget the hard to find push button dicky lock.
Delights never came with the President type grille AFAIk, it is unique to the President (and the very early padmini that immediately followed it)

So I guess that solves the mystery- they needed to replace the grille and found a President one just by chance and fitted it. Maybe they thought it was a delight grille......or maybe they just didnt care.
The 'normal' rims came on the later Delights (post '68 or so) itself.

The bumpers were the delight ones until around '72 or so- but those models had a different meter.

So this has to be a late 60s delight with the bumpers changed.

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Delights never came with the President type grille AFAIk, it is unique to the President (and the very early padmini that immediately followed it)

So I guess that solves the mystery- they needed to replace the grille and found a President one just by chance and fitted it. Maybe they thought it was a delight grille......or maybe they just didnt care.
The 'normal' rims came on the later Delights (post '68 or so) itself.
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Most probably they thought the grill to be ok as its a metal one. The common man just uses 2 words for this part which is a Plashtic and Metal.

And yes you are right about the Rims of this car. The last batch did came with collared hubs.
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And.. Did President ever come with pressing type dicky lock? I feel no..
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And.. Did President ever come with pressing type dicky lock? I feel no..
Yup you're right about that....forgot to include, sorry!
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Shyam bhai you people are bit late as i already mentioned the Press type lock in my post #323.
Anyways this rightly confirms that its a Delight model and not a President one.
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Anybody heard of a Premier SAB or a Safari still driving on roads of India ? Get some snaps on TBHP
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Here are the pics of the Fiat - Starline / Safari / Station Wagon.. We Owned, I think it was an Import.

I would Like to Get this Car Back to our Family if I get a Chance to..

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Not Blanking Out the Plates.. If anyone Finds this Car Let Me Know..
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