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Old 5th October 2009, 20:11   #1756
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Here is a replica of a 1935 vintage two seater car for sale, though not sure on which model it is based.
eBay India: Replica of Two Seater 1935 Vintage Model (item 160361453726 end time 09-Oct-2009 15:47:37 IST)
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Here is a replica of a 1935 vintage two seater car for sale, though not sure on which model it is based.
eBay India: Replica of Two Seater 1935 Vintage Model (item 160361453726 end time 09-Oct-2009 15:47:37 IST)
That is actually a well executed job. Looks like a cross between an MG and a Singer but definitely in the mould of the quitessential british roadster.

Is it actually based on a Omni as the ad claims ?
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if you read thad carefully it says maruti 800 is th base!
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if you read thad carefully it says maruti 800 is th base!

I did read that and I was wondering how this kind of a job was possible considering the Omni nor the Maruti had a chassis to be used as a base.
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MAy have used something else as a base like a fiat chassis or something?
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@-Jhon Jhon, why don't you take the initiative and form India's Campers Club, assuming one doesn't already exist.
I would like to enrol right now!!

SIGHhhhhhh...!! wanna travel!!
While on one of my hotel projects in Aurangabad, I was pleasently surprised to see a massive mercedes Benz Bus/ camper and I dont mean van, a full size bus. accomdating atleast 30 people. All of them Europeans travelling through India. The bus itself had German number plates. A thing of beauty completely modular shiny red and just undescribable by words. I wish I had a camera to take pictures. They were using the hotels parking lot to camp temporarily. Also they had booked a couple of rooms to shower etc. A brilliant idea.

I am attaching a pic of a similar bus in London, this bus in Aurangabad was rotel bus too. here's a linlk to their site very intresting Rotel - Tours: Studienreisen, Expeditionsreisen, Jugendreisen, Abenteuerreisen, Singlereisen - die grssten Busreisen der Welt

Meanwhile I going to call the owner of the Delhi camper .
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Old 5th October 2009, 23:53   #1762
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Hi! Many things to say on camping.

Starting with the Rotel Tour bus. These are seen after a gap, but I remember clearly that they used to come since the 1980's. They were always red + black, and often had a registration PA PA ????, German registered. They would often stop at Juhu during ther tours. Their season was autumn to spring. The first bus would drive down to India, with or without passengers, it would stay here for about 4 months during which groups came and went back. The last group would drive back, if they chose to. And the bus was almost always a Mercedes, and they also had trailers of almost the same size. And there were several such busses touring in India at the same time. At one time they used to halt at Juhu Hotel, Juhu. These buses and trailers also had bedding, sleeping was in the bus only. I believe that they also went to Africa.

Camping clubs: I do not know of any still active. But there was such a club in Mumbai. I know because there was a camper trailer for sale on Nepean Sea Road on the second HP (that time Esso) pump which was located where today you enter Priyadarshini Park. Anyone remembers that pump? The same owner owns the pupm at Babulnath. Anyway, he was trying to sell his camper in around 1974 and the guys who bought it were a sort of club/group and they came in a Tata Benz Camper and towed it away. Are they active today? I do not know.

Most of the campers in India were left behind by tourists. And then sold by the customs. A few were bought by the film & TV artists. I have seen many campers around, do not know anyone who actually used one. A friend had an American Airstrem camper trailer, the silver bullet shaped one, in south India, and he sold it with great difficulty.

Travelling in India depends on where you want to go. A friend, Doc from Bangalore ( who I am supposed to be supporting, supporting for what? have still not received an answer) drove around India in UP, Bihar, Bengal, some parts of North East India (I will check if this needs correction) with his family and nothing happened. An expat from Delhi drove in the interiors of Bihar/UP and had to flee for his life. India is so big, there must be safe and not so safe areas. I suppose that the main highways are relatively safe, but in some areas I would not drive in the night. Like from Wada near Manor (Maharashtra) to Nashik is a strict no no at night. Generally in south India there is no problem. Orissa, Andhra, Bengal? Well there can be problems. I would like to drive in North East India and Jammu & Kashmir, if that were possible, then there is no need to go to Switzerland. HMT even put up a watch factory in Jammu, they only have to learn to make chocolates. But it is safer to go to Switzerland. I believe that the whole of south India, western India is safe to go camping, if one is inclined to.

This VW camper which started the debate is LHD. Well, that should not matter, in most cases these guys drove all the way from Europe and they managed. The price also does not seem steep. If you have use for one, well it should be worthy.

Happy camping and many journeys to whoever buys it.

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Yo will need to take in to accout the cost to conver it from LHD to RHD. This is a very old model and spares are not easy to come by.
Besides there is no gaurantee the conversion will be 100%
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I think conversion from LHD to RHD or vice versa is not recommended at all. Also it is a specialised job unlike in the older jeeps
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...in some areas I would not drive in the night. Like from Wada near Manor (Maharashtra) to Nashik is a strict no no at night.
Having done this route on a couple of occasions (early morning though, not dead of night), I'm wondering why you consider it unsafe. Dacoity? The villages on the route seemed pretty friendly.
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Yo will need to take in to accout the cost to conver it from LHD to RHD. This is a very old model and spares are not easy to come by.
Besides there is no gaurantee the conversion will be 100%
I have a 1986 VW Bus, a Vanagon which the previous owner converted to RHD. But there was no need and I would not do it.

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Having done this route on a couple of occasions (early morning though, not dead of night), I'm wondering why you consider it unsafe. Dacoity? The villages on the route seemed pretty friendly.
Yes dacoity. They blocked the road, smashed windows and looted. This has happened to a friend a couple of years ago. Today I do not know the situation.
Rememeber, the evil spirits come out mostly at nights, day-time they are always friendly

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Also regarding the camper being LHD why would it really matter as if one was actually using it for camping / touring one would not be driving fast enough to want to overtake others and given this cars Diesel engine even more so.

On the plus side doing a road tour of South India in this Diesel camper will be a great saving compared to petrol campers.

One of my dear freinds from Hyderabda, a Paigah noble, would swear by LHD cars. Always had LHD mercs and such and he would say they are more easier to park and such but its only when overtaking it could be a little tedious.

BTW I used to live in the US Virgin Islands. There the cars are all LHD but you actually drive on the left like in India as it was an old Dutch teritory and they didn't change over to the US style of driving on the right. Never had any problems there I might add.
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Here in India the Tempo Traveller used to be the vehicle of choice to be converted into a "Camper Van". Ideal i guess.
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LHD for regular highway use is still way more tedious as there are more cars/pedestrians/cattle/tractors etc today on the highway than before. To add to it everyone is behaving in a random fashion (read crazy). Any of you actually toured (meaning driven a 1000km plus) in a LHD in the last 5 years? Easy to say and quote stories of times when the car to people ratio in the country was abismal. To have a LHD in your fleet as a hobby is one thing to use it regularly for camping and road tripping not recommended as far as I am concerned. This may be advisable if done in say 5 years with more expressways so the question of oncoming traffic and manoeuvrable space is far less but then camping and touring is all about country roads so agian still not advisable. This is a practical opinion so before anyone gets emmotional about it think.

Conversions are easy if done by an intelligent mechanic we still have a few good ones around.

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I did read that and I was wondering how this kind of a job was possible considering the Omni nor the Maruti had a chassis to be used as a base.

It does seem large proportioned for an 800 base but possible and I have seen this done you just cut the entire top section of body and graft in what you want as a body and extend the wheels out with spacer so to the eye the protions are confusing. All this and the convertible vinatge set up will sure make it one weak flexing car at every turn unless he has put some crossmembers/braces to stop flexing

I saw a car breaker in mumbai driving a 325 tds floorpan which had a body grafted on to it and get this the body had the rear of an ikon (lights/windshield etc) sides of a cross between esteem (esteem windscreen) and BMW 3 series and front with W210 head lights with alfa romea grill in the centre. She was the caziest contraption I have ever seen. To add to it he had raised her so she rod like a car/SUV!! He told me he used a junked/crashed 325 TDS automatic as base/driveline incl egine gearbox etc.

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Is any one from here buying the VW bus or planning to buy the bus......

Guess its been discussed a fair bit here to time to move on to the next classic folks
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