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Old 20th December 2016, 18:46   #16
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Thanks for sharing wonderful snaps of these beauties. Feeling ashamed to state that I was not even aware of the existence of this place in our neighborhood. Planning to visit this place soon with my 13 year old son who is a hardcore auto enthusiast
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Austin Sheerness -
May I point out - it would be SHEERLINE actually.

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Note the "original" patina on these cars. Hope they get restored. I also missed out on the Hansa parked next them
Well, to each their own but I for one would think it criminal to 'restore' a car - or any vehicle - that is still in its ORIGINAL patina! As long tis still presentable that is. You can never get it back once lost! In fact, in the west, you find many examples of vehicles still preserved in such patina or 'unrestored' state!
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Geedee - is it the same Geedee as in Geedee Weiler, the machine tool manufacturer?

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Geedee - is it the same Geedee as in Geedee Weiler, the machine tool manufacturer?

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No it's named after this gentleman - G D Naidu.
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Well, Geedee Weiler makes beautifully crafted (for want of a better word word) but eyewateringly expensive all mechanical lathes. In Coimbatore. Instinct tells me there should be a connection.

If I meet one of their people, I'll ask them.

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Well, Geedee Weiler makes beautifully crafted (for want of a better word word) but eyewateringly expensive all mechanical lathes. In Coimbatore. Instinct tells me there should be a connection.

If I meet one of their people, I'll ask them.

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No it's named after this gentleman - G D Naidu.

You are both correct. Gedee Weiler should be part of the UMS Group Coimbatore - founded by Mr. G.D.Naidu

UMS likely stands for "United Motor Service " that he established in ca the 1930's.

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May I point out - it would be SHEERLINE actually.


Well, to each their own but I for one would think it criminal to 'restore' a car - or any vehicle - that is still in its ORIGINAL patina! As long tis still presentable that is. You can never get it back once lost! In fact, in the west, you find many examples of vehicles still preserved in such patina or 'unrestored' state!
You may!! I will make the correction

As for patina - there are so many schools of thought. MY fear is rust eating up the car
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Well, to each their own but I for one would think it criminal to 'restore' a car - or any vehicle - that is still in its ORIGINAL patina! As long tis still presentable that is. You can never get it back once lost! In fact, in the west, you find many examples of vehicles still preserved in such patina or 'unrestored' state!
If I remember correctly the car used to be black in the 90s, so the patina is fairly recent
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A....., a trip to this museum was on my mind......
Thanks for sharing ajmat. All of us in the South should make it a point to visit this place. Hope to do it in 2017!

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Well, to each their own but I for one would think it criminal to 'restore' a car - or any vehicle - that is still in its ORIGINAL patina! As long tis still presentable that is. You can never get it back once lost! In fact, in the west, you find many examples of vehicles still preserved in such patina or 'unrestored' state!
This is not a easy decision. Find such preservation cars in India is a rarity. Our weather & storage conditions do take its toll. Very few cars like the Hyderabad Chevy, the Ooty Chevy convertible are cars which should be definitely preserved.

My own Daimler is a case in point. Should I restore or preserve is a big debate. I may preserve at this point, but I could change my mind after a few years.

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If I remember correctly the car used to be black in the 90s, so the patina is fairly recent
You have a whale of a memory

Ram had posted in 2009, Rally pictures taken in the 90's
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As for patina - there are so many schools of thought. MY fear is rust eating up the car
Hence my having stated in my comment above " As long tis still presentable that is."

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This is not a easy decision. Find such preservation cars in India is a rarity. Our weather & storage conditions do take its toll. Very few cars like the Hyderabad Chevy, the Ooty Chevy convertible are cars which should be definitely preserved.
Yes, finding cars preserved in such a condition is a rarity, and is more so a matter of chance. But if/when they are found, it would be worth preserving them thus, again, to repeat my earlier statement- as long tis still presentable that is. They can have just a bit of sprucing and mechanical sorting out, and 'hidden' areas that are prone to rust can still be rust-proofed etc. without having to strip down the entire vehicle to be repainted.
And pardon my ignorance- which is this Hyderabad chevy you mention? I've known quite a few.
Which reminds me- you may know of the ex-Nizam early 50s Dodge Kingsway with a well-known collector in Hyderabad, still in its original two-tone paint and upholstery.
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And pardon my ignorance- which is this Hyderabad chevy you mention? I've known quite a few. .
You are pardoned Stanher

My examples for Preservation Class quoted by me are as below

The Hyderabad Chevy, which has now moved on
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The Ooty Chevy
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Which reminds me- you may know of the ex-Nizam early 50s Dodge Kingsway with a well-known collector in Hyderabad, still in its original two-tone paint and upholstery.
I have spend a lot of time with this particular Ex- King Koti car during an event at Falknama.

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Beautiful. Shame that, me living in Ooty, always wanted to visit this museum, but just didn't get the time. I've always loved vintage car collection. Even though it's hard to maintain a block of metal for a long time, for a fact to know these vintages at least have a respectable place to stay, is heartening for most. Thank you for this.

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What a beaut of a museum! I never knew this even existed. Some awesome classic models. If I ever plan a trip down south, I'm definitely stopping over.
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Messerschmidt had a far better car called the TG 500. It was a 4 wheeled car based on the 3 wheel one you see in the museum.

It had tandem seating (you sit behind the driver like a bike), a bubble top and a formula 3 (if I'm not mistaken) chassis.

So it had tremendous balance, stability and control.
This is, even though it was just a 500 cc (probably 2 stroke) engine.

Top speed was a breezy 120 km/h.

At one point in my career I had discussed making these in India with a Simpson single cylinder 600 cc diesel.
Then I got distracted with other things. That engine is somewhat like the APE Piaggio "luggage" autos you see now a days.
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Thanks for the report. I visited this place today after reading it here and was really a good experience.
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Key unique cars as deemed by the Museum

Once you enter, you are greeted by what they call the 5 most unique cars ever built

I missed out the Model T Ford
Ford model T displayed in the Museum which was captured using mobile phone camera.
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