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Old 24th July 2007, 19:22   #1
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On a recent visit to Hyderabad, I was fortunate to meet one Mr. Rao and snoop around his collection. Since it was a whirlwind tour, heres a few pics that I could get.

Pride of place goes to a 71 Citroen DS. Launched in the 50s, the DS was a reasonably succesful car sold way ahead of its time. It created a storm when launched, in the form of a mock up put on display at the paris motor show. The wheel wells were enclosed to enhance the streamlined shape penned by Flaminio Bertoni.




Lovingly restored over some time, the car has all of its unique features intact, including hydro pnuematic suspension, semi auto gearbox and fuel injection systems in working condition. She really does move like a yaught, gently sailing over the kuccha roads we drove on.

These pics are with the car fully raised.





Here the car is fully lowered. Note how close the car is to the ground.





The trademark single spoke steering wheel, and brake "button", not pedal.



More to follow.
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The rest of the collection that I saw were mainly unrestored cars, waiting in line. As the warehouse was packed, excuse the poor pics.

Late 50s Standard 10. One of 4-5 in the collection, he isnt sure how many he has.



1949 (?) Hindustan 10



Hillman Minx and 49 Morris Minor. (one of many around)





One of 3 Vauxhalls lying around. Seems to be a runner.



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Oh the DS!! How I wish I owned one!

P.S. Karl, the DS seems to be a little patchy in the pics, what gives?
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HOLY ****!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I didnt know you were out seeing a collection when you were here!!

Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr..........Karl, you.......!!! 'could've given me a buzz when you'd set out eh?!

So how & where in Hyd. did you find this gent?? Pm me the details asap!

Are all the Standard 10s he has due for restoration? 'wish I had a warehouse like that to keep my cars btw!
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TN regd DS??
Im as shocked as i was when I saw the E-type in Chennai.
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The DS was apparently some embassy car in Madras, then went through smoe hands with a sketchy history and was driven to Hyderabad before the restoration.

Yes Ishan, I too noticed the panel gaps. Remember, all doors are pillarless, so these occurences are common Id guess.
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TN regd DS??
Im as shocked as i was when I saw the E-type in Chennai.
Ive got more to come.

For a sneak peak, check out a great site Citroen DS in Asia
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TN regd DS??
Im as shocked as i was when I saw the E-type in Chennai.
If I am right, it used to be bronze in colour. Seen it in Bangalore once 30 years ago

Theres was another early 60's DS in Bangalore, owned by a malayali planter married to an italian. rumour has it that he dismantled the suspension and could not put it back. It sat in the erstwhile Wheels garage for a long time. It used to run once in a while but after Wheels moved, it disappeared

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A real curio was this rear engined air cooled Renault. Can anyone help me out identifying it?



A must in any collection, the good ol herald.


This ones for you V-16.



A couple of completely original 55/6 Fiat 1100s





One of many Morris minors. This ones a Tiger, OHV 1000cc, the final iteration.



Almost completed is this rear engined Fiat 600. Infact Fiat India has a restored car similar to this put on display at their factory.





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A real curio was this rear engined air cooled Renault. Can anyone help me out identifying it?
It is a Renault Caravelle - if I am right you will see one in the Original movie - "The Day of the Jackal", when he strangles his hostess and steals her car to get to the station
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A must in any collection, the good ol herald.

GRRRRR........now I'm uncontrollably mad at you Karl!!!

What made you keep me out of this eh?! 'didnt know you'd turn out to be such a selfish dikra!
Atleast pm me his address/contact goddamit!!

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One of many Morris minors. This ones a Tiger, OHV 1000cc, the final iteration.


Is this the same as the Minor 1000 with the large one-piece front windscreen??
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It is a Renault Caravelle - if I am right you will see one in the Original movie - "The Day of the Jackal", when he strangles his hostess and steals her car to get to the station
Thats what I thought, but wasnt 100% sure.
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Is this the same as the Minor 1000 with the large one-piece front windscreen??
Yup, thats the one, with the large central speedo pod.
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Yup, thats the one, with the large central speedo pod.
But I thought that model appeared in our country as the Baby Hindustan?
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But I thought that model appeared in our country as the Baby Hindustan?
Nope, the Baby Hindustan continued with the early Minor specs.
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