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Old 31st March 2008, 02:18   #1
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There needs to be a thread for all the lesser known cars who aren't able to justify their own thread, so I'm taking the liberty of creating a home for them.


Here is a Scripps-Booth owned by an army officer in 1924, apparently there was another one as well. It was totally wrecked very late one night it ran into a water buffalo during the monsoon.

Image from Scripps-Booth Register Number 11 December 1998



They also manufactured other interesting and unusual vehicles such as these:
1914 Scripps-Booth Rocket

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1913 Scripps-Booth bi autogo




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They also manufactured other interesting and unusual vehicles such as these:

1913 Scripps-Booth bi autogo
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is this the one that works on a gyroscope? i believe the small wheels go up and you could even stand on the side of the car without affecting its balance while the engine was on... another oddball that came and has survived in India is the Carden cycle car, i was recently shown pics of a dilapidated example in Gujrat, as is common these days, the owner wanted its weight in gold... for a car with a wooden radiator shell....HA!!
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Picture from a book called Britian's motor industry published in 1950
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There's a Clyno somewhere in Gujarat, relatives of the family who own it live in Hyderabad. The car was in Hyderabad for a while too
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An early Napier fitted with Riley detachable wheels as were so many cars of that time.


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India cars with Vanden Plas bodies extracted from Vanden Plas records.

1333 W O Bentley 3 Litre; ML 1514; Sporting two seater, Scratched Aluminium/Blue; India, Maharajah of Wankaner; June 1927
1555 W O Bentley 4 Litre; NX 3542; Standard sporting 4-seater, 6”longer bonnet, Blue fabric/Blue/Black; Maharajah of Bhavnagar April 1929
1825 Alvis Speed 20; 9878;Tourer for Chas Follett (sent to India); Red; July 1932
1969 Talbot ‘105’; 35291; Sports to Vanden Plas design 835 (exported to India); Teak woodwork; Blue; 122 10s; June 1933
3232 Bentley 3 litre; B72 BN; Sports demonstrator for Indian trials for Bentley Motors (1931); Red; 217 10s; October 1934
3324 Bentley 3 litre; B82 DG; 2 door tourer to Rolls-Royce order for the Maharajah of Indore; Black/Sunglow; 217 10s. March 1935
3325 Bentley 3 litre B37 DK; Tourer to Rolls-Royce for India; Blue; April 1935
3329 Bentley 3 B35 EJ; Tourer for Ruling Chief of Nandgaon; Black/Green
3376 Bentley 3 litre; B164 EF; O.F. Continental Tourer Enclosed for the Maharajah of Cooch Behar; doors crested; light/dark blue. Aug 1935
3396 Bentley 3 litre; B50 FB; Sports tourer to Vanden Plas design 1246/1; Blue; Regd. India; 234; Nov 1935
3462 Lanchester Straight 8; 41296; Tourer for H. H. Jam Sahib of Nawanagar. Order through Daimler Co. To Vanden Plas design 1312; Light blue; 285 1936
3584 Alvis 4.3 litre; 14335; 4 door pillarless for Alvis Co. (for Maharajah of Kashmir); 357 10s. Aug 1937
3611 Lanchester (Daimler chassis) ELS 24; 45593; Allweather for Daimler Co. to Vanden Plas design 1474 (For Jam Sahib of Nawanagar); Blue/silver; 1937
3635 Cadillac ‘75’ Series 141; 7 seater tourer for General Motors India Ltd. to Vanden Plas design 1529 (wings and platform steps with chassis); Two shades Blue; 375 1938
3657 Bentley 4 litre; B 64 MR; Sports tourer for Bentley to Vanden Plas design 1568/1; Green; Regd; India; 270; October 1938
4031Lanchester 27hp; 51049; Allweather for the Maharajah of Nawanagar ordered by Daimler Co.; Blue; 1695 ; 1946

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An early Napier fitted with Riley detachable wheels as were so many cars of that time.
I remember reading somewhere that a couple of Napier 'buses' would run as taxis in the 1900s connecting Poona, Mahabaleshwar and Bombay. Perhaps they were referring to this contraption.
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Lincoln Zephyr in Dharmasthala. There used to be one in Delhi in the 1980s
Classical Drives: An Exotic Home for a Streamlined Zephyr
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Lincoln Zephyr in Dharmasthala. There used to be one in Delhi in the 1980s
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A detailed report here. Car is unfortunately missing the lovely original headlights, and if I remember right, didnt start as well. Are those the original wheels? They look awfully like a Bugatti's

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Maybe the hub caps have just been changed for something else....
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A lovely shot of a Mercedes-Benz in Gwalior in 1941 320? mid-late 30s? Cabriolet D?
Doubtless Karl has already posted it somewhere..
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From the records of Mercedes-Benz sales in the UK :

1935 June; Mercedes-Benz 500K Cabriolet B Engine No.113634 Commission No. 201700 (It says Maharajah of "Bravancur" but could it be Travancore?)

1937 July; Mercedes-Benz 540K; (Body style not recorded) Engine No.154068 Commission No. 238673 H. H. Nawab of Bahawlpur

1937 July; Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet A; Engine No. 154081; Commission No. 232198; Maharajah of Indore.
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India cars with Vanden Plas bodies extracted from Vanden Plas records.


3462 Lanchester Straight 8; 41296; Tourer for H. H. Jam Sahib of Nawanagar. Order through Daimler Co. To Vanden Plas design 1312; Light blue; 285 1936

3611 Lanchester (Daimler chassis) ELS 24; 45593; Allweather for Daimler Co. to Vanden Plas design 1474 (For Jam Sahib of Nawanagar); Blue/silver; 1937
The following Lanchesters almost certainly belonged to Nawanagar. Could the first picture be #3611 listed above by Julian ???


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An early Napier fitted with Riley detachable wheels as were so many cars of that time.

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Image from Riley - Beyond The Blue Diamond by David G Styles
You will like this, DKG!

Here is a 1914 Napier from the Nizam's garage:

The caption reads: "THE LARGEST PRIVATE MOTORCAR IN THE WORLD: A six-cylinder Napier owned by the Nizam of Hyderabad"

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source: "The Graphic" Midsummer / June 20, 1914
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From the records of Mercedes-Benz sales in the UK :

1935 June; Mercedes-Benz 500K Cabriolet B Engine No.113634 Commission No. 201700 (It says Maharajah of "Bravancur" but could it be Travancore?)

1937 July; Mercedes-Benz 540K; (Body style not recorded) Engine No.154068 Commission No. 238673 H. H. Nawab of Bahawlpur

1937 July; Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet A; Engine No. 154081; Commission No. 232198; Maharajah of Indore.
Hu Julian, I have wished now for a while that "Bravancur" is indeed Travancore - no luck so far confirming!

Here is a 540K - Caption to the picture says
"1937 Mercedes Benz originally delivered to the Maharaja of Indore"
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Julian, that looks like a UK registration - maybe you can do some sleuthing!
Also looks like a Sotheby's auction by the background (picture is circa 1999)
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