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Old 25th September 2016, 09:14   #1
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Yesterday a beautiful 1912 Benz was unveiled after an extensive restoration by Team CSA at Chennai's Historical and at one of INdia's oldest automobile structures as informed to me. The structure was earlier a part of Simpsons and now called Titanium Mercedes Benz at Mount Road, Chennai.

The car was unveiled by the MD of Mercedes India. A wonderful evening with fellow enthusiasts and Bhpians who were present

Some images taken at the venue and subject to correction on any copy matter written above .

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Some more information at this link.

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Driving down memory lane, who was celebrating the memorable day on Saturday with his family members, said the 1912 Benz Model was purchased by his grandfather Rao Bahadur PC Muthu Chettiar (1877-1940), of Madura, then part of Madras Presidency, from Benz & Cie in 1914. Ever since, it became a member of the PCM family, the promoters of Pandiyan Hotel (now Fortune Pandiyan). He further, says, “The car averaged 35,000 miles per year at its peak. It was in action until the 1960s before it was sent to rest for want of spare parts. In 2013, we decided to bring it back to life and approached car restorer CS Ananth (father-in-law of Chess wizard Viswanathan Anand) of Team CSA, a vintage-car restoration company.”
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Yesterday a beautiful 1912 Benz was unveiled after an extensive restoration by Team CSA at Chennai's Historical and at one of INdia's oldest automobile structures as informed to me. The structure was earlier a part of Simpsons and now called Titanium Mercedes Benz at Mount Road, Chennai.
The building is known as Gove building built in 1916 and is one of the heritage structures in Chennai.

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The building houses Mercedes Benz Dealership - Titanium Motors owned by VST group, one of the oldest business units. It seems VST sold TATA- Mercedes Benz trucks n 1950s-60s. The building, VST group and Mercedes Benz have quite a history and this is an astounding re-union of sorts.

The VST group has, MB, JLR, M&M, VW, Honda & Bajaj dealerships.

The building earlier had TATA motors dealership until VST severed its ties with TMIL

Here is an article

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/...cle7584589.ece

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The building earlier had TATA motors dealership until VST severed its ties with TMIL
Was wondering where I've seen this building before, but this explains it. I've been here as part of my car purchase, but ended up buying from another showroom.

Back then, I just noticed that it's an old building but never paid attention to the details. Looked way past it's prime for all that. But it is looking beautiful with the Mercedes Benz highlight now.
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