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Old 7th September 2007, 13:26   #1
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Default Tucked away in Coorg - A Collection of 68 Vintages

Discovered during my recent visit to Coorg. My curiosity was aroused by the first car in the series of pictures I have posted - this was the only one visible from outside a very innocous looking garage that looked like a regular Ambassador/Jeep workshop, but turned out to be the private restoration workshop of a collector.

Let the pics do the talking, though! I have taken pics of just a part of the collection, which includes some that have completed restoration and some that are awaiting restoration in various stages. A majority of the collection is in the collector's estate further away.









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G8 find steer! Which are the other classics he have?! Do post all the pics!
Last one is a fiat?!
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Phew Steer thats quite a collection. Will there be more snaps coming through? Would love to see more and any idea if any are up for sale?
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Nice...... Good to know these are being restored, the coorgi's are real car enthusiasts. The Thames 800 minibus looks like it has come from Goa.
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Steer nice find. Where is this at in Madikeri ? Would love to visit during my next trip.
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Now for the small number of restored ones that I saw. All these cars are in running condition - as in batteries charged up and stuff so you only have to crank them or turn them on and start running.

The chap who owns the collection is a planter from Kerala who has settled in Coorg. Most of the cars are available for sale "if the price is right", and after I inquired I found that the price is very very steep. The fact that nobody is buying them at his prices does not seem to bother the chap, though - he's quite happy keeping them.

















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Awesome find Steer!

I now recognise the collection, identified by the yellow numbers on most cars. I have a few older pics as well. Its a sight to see alright. Im especially in love with the Thames van and that queer Ford truck. A trip to Coorg is in order id say!

Looking forward to more pics. If you have any interesting anecdotes on the cars, do share them with us.

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Wow..!!!
Nice find Steer. Liked the Thames Van.
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Wow! :( these are truly collectors items! Nice find steer!
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WHOA! great find steer! got any more pics??? but the condition of the heckflosse(or is it a ponton???) hurts me!

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great find steeroid, i have to take a trip to coorg for sure.
i am intriged by the thames van the ford truck and the mercedes pontoon. i wonder what is in the owners house though? would like to find out how much he wants for these three cars and any other interesting cars cause he has a buyer in me for sure.
would like to see more pictures if you have any. thanks.
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but the condition of the heckflosse(or is it a ponton???) hurts me!
Pontoon - thats the condition he bought it in.
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Interesting

The old Austin A40 (car no 8) belonged to a son of a prominant lawyer (now deceased) person who had a farm in Whitefield town which is now a major gated community

The old Vauxhall (reg no 6772) belonged to my ex-neighbour - a retired Iyengar man. It belonged to his father in law, after he died, he had it but now he is invalid. They did the sensible thing and sold it to someone who would look after it
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wow amazing discovery !!!
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Discovered during my recent visit to Coorg. My curiosity was aroused by the first car in the series of pictures I have posted - this was the only one visible from outside a very innocous looking garage that looked like a regular Ambassador/Jeep workshop, but turned out to be the private restoration workshop of a collector.







Wow, awesome pics. steer!!! Hard to believe that such a collection exists even in relatively remote areas!
The herald looks like a 63-64 one (going by the front bumper & air vent design on the boonet top) but appears to have a handle on the bonnet strip down the centre, which was a feature of only early Heralds...looks very tidy though....'wish there were more pcis. of this car to see!
The front end design of the ford thames van reminds me a lot about the early (70s) Standard 20 vans (wanted to buy one of these as well once! )....
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