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Old 9th August 2006, 16:53   #1
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Default Vintage/Classic Car Collection in Delhi - Added pics of Karmann & Lagonda

This is for all you vintage car lovers. My friend is an avid enthusiast & collector of Vintage/Classic cars. Yesterday I had met him & by chance one of his cars was standing out in the open so I thought I would do a photo feature for you people. So with due permission from my friend I took some pics of one of his cars. Here she is:






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MAKE: STUDEBAKER COMMANDER SIX
YEAR: 1930
ENGINE: 4-Litre Inline-Six, Side Valve, 3-Gear Sliding Speed Transmission
WB: 120 inches
BRAKES: Rod Operated Mechanical Brakes on all 4 wheels
BODY: 7-seater Regal Tourer by Studebaker

HISTORY:
This was a rare American made export model RHD car. Bought new in 1930 by my friend's Great-Grand Father and has stayed in the family ever since. This car has on occassion also been used by Mahatma Gandhi & once by Moti Lal Nehru.

Hope you like the pictures, they are the best that could be done in fading evening light within the confines of the house. Also my friend has a few more cars but all of them are in storage right now due to the inclement weather. His collection includes a priceless car which is the only one of its kind in India and is one of the 10 surviving examples worldwide. Total manufactured pieces of that car were 17.

He's agreed to a full photo session of his collection so once the weather clears & the cars come out I shall update this thread again.

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Notice the gear controls on the steering wheel.




Notice the clock in the rear view mirror in the second picture.

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beautiful car. very well maintained
hey did this car feature in this month's top gear?
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Apart from the usual horn the car also came with a bell at the front!!



Notice the badge on the grill in the Right Top corner in the second picture celebrating the Coronation of the Queen in 1937.

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yup, this beaut was recently featured in the magazine...

a truly splendid restoration, one possible only when the car is looked after by one family from new...hats off to them!

cant wait to see more...!
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Luggage trunk in the back.






With the hood open from one side

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Great pics ishan, thanks

i love those vintage signs put up in the garage. are they original or reproductions?

I have a cadillac sign which unfortunately is a reproduction

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Khanak - All signs are originals, they all have been sourced with a lot of effort by the owner from Purani Dilli by visiting the kabari & curio places again & again over the years.

If you want next time I meet in a week or so I could do a photo feature of the signs too? You interested??

P.S. He has quite a lot of them over 100 I think.

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Khanak - All signs are originals, they all have been sourced with a lot of effort by the owner from Purani Dilli by visiting the kabari & curio places again & again over the years.

If you want next time I meet in a week or so I could do a photo feature of the signs too? You interested??
it would be great if you could. dunno why but i think vintage signs are the coolest things you can have in your house/garage. great job done by your friend. from whatever i can see hes got a great collection
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it would be great if you could. dunno why but i think vintage signs are the coolest things you can have in your house/garage. great job done by your friend. from whatever i can see hes got a great collection
Ok I will give you a nice photo feature next week!! And yeah he's done a great job for his car's & signs collection and Karl can testify for him too!! He's a HUGE fanatic of cars like many of us here!

And yes I agree with you completely that these signs are the coolest things to have in your garage.
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Ok I will give you a nice photo feature next week!! And yeah he's done a great job for his car's & signs collection and Karl can testify for him too!! He's a HUGE fanatic of cars like many of us here!

And yes I agree with you completely that these signs are the coolest things to have in your garage.
thanks a million

you can make out how much he loves his cars. that car looks like it just rolled out of the factory
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these old signs are the ultimate accessory for your garage...picked up some lovely reproductions from germany last year...they have a charm of their own, and really brighten a place up...
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Ok guys did a small photo shoot for you guys of the other cars. First, here's the Karmann Ghia:













The car's been in the family from day one & is a daily driver, when the weather is permissible since using a Non-A/C car in Delhi during the summers is a really hard thing to do nowadays.
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And here's the Crown Jewel of the collection: 1939 Lagonda V12 Rapide. One of 18 made & 12 (or is it 11?) surviving in the world. The car is a work in progress & with the complexity of the whole job, will remain so for a while.







Note twin Fuel Fillers (one on each flank), mainly provided as the car was designed as a Continental Tourer & so the driver could easily fill Petrol at both European & UK pumps! There is only one fuel tank though.





The rather Small & Useless Boot





Original Lucas headlamps




The 4.5L V12 powerplant. Was designed & engineered by the legendary W.O. Bentley himself along with the rest of the car.



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