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Old 31st January 2009, 22:40   #16
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Does anyone know where the Bugatti and the Mercedes 540K shown in the Parsiana Article (Post #1) are today ?

The Bugatti looks very much like the Corsica bodied ex-Nawanagar (?) car. Think I had posted a period picture on the Gondal Collection thread (Post # 21).
Sorry I should have said "Mercedes SS" in the Parsiana article. Wonder if this is the same ex-Berar car that DKG had posted with Princess Niloufer.

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Sorry I should have said "Mercedes SS" in the Parsiana article. Wonder if this is the same ex-Berar car that DKG had posted with Princess Niloufer.
Azamjah's SS had a chrome garnish/embellishment just above the footboard. These SS seem to be different cars. The white one looks gorgeous with the motorcycle style mudguards. My ! could this car have been here in india?

The article does mention a 35 540 k belonging to the Petit family apart from the Bugatti

It was interesting to note that the 540 was sold by Dadajee Dhackjee. That family seriously needs to be profiled here ! Packard and exotic Mercedes dealers

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Azamjah's SS had a chrome garnish/embellishment just above the footboard. These SS seem to be different cars. The white one looks gorgeous with the motorcycle style mudguards. My ! could this car have been here in india?

The article does mention a 35 540 k belonging to the Petit family apart from the Bugatti

It was interesting to note that the 540 was sold by Dadajee Dhackjee. That family seriously needs to be profiled here ! Packard and exotic Mercedes dealers
This Bugatti finally belonged to anotheer Parsi family in Mumbai. They sent her to UK for restoration and forgot about her. Notices were ignored and she was sold off. Lost to the vintage world, awaiting to be discovered if not scrapped. Incidently, the ignition key is still with a gentleman in MUmbai.
Dadajee Dhackjee were agents for Packard, Mercedes Benz, Hupmobile, Singer Peugeot. Maybe some more. I have memorabilia including calenders, adverts & pics. The showroom near Sandhurst bridge was converted to offices ages ago, they had a branch at Worli in Shivsagar estate where they continued repairing cars till the whole thing was sold off.
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Dadajee Dhackjee were agents for Packard, Mercedes Benz, Hupmobile, Singer Peugeot. Maybe some more. I have memorabilia including calenders, adverts & pics. The showroom near Sandhurst bridge was converted to offices ages ago, they had a branch at Worli in Shivsagar estate where they continued repairing cars till the whole thing was sold off.
Does anyone retain old dealership pictures and any sales records ?
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Here is an article I came across in the Parsi community newpaper, Jam-e-Jamshed. It talks about a a 1960 Amby in the family from new, a car that I have regularly seen and admired over the years in Pune

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Not in the very distant future, you, and Ronny will be featured in articles such as these
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A long while back, Karlos had posted a fabulous article from "Parsiana" chronicling some amazing cars.

There was an interesting snippet on the Petit Vauxhall 30-98. Here is an "action" picture to go with it (ca 1926).

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Talking Navroze Special: Parsis and their cars

First of all Navroze Mubarak to everyone! I wanted to start this topic a long time back, but decided it would be better to start it today!

I live near two Parsi colonies, and whenever I see an extremely well maintained and an impeccable car, you can be pretty sure there is going to be a Farvahar at the back of it. Bollywood too, though it stereotypes, tells us the same thing. This makes it obvious that Parsis and cars definitely have some kind of a special bond.

Even the first few cars ever brought in India were by Parsis (The first car in India belonged to Mr. Rustomjee Cowasjee Cursetjee Jamsetjee Jejeebhoy). I think most of us are familiar with JRD Tata's passion for cars. I still remember that picture of him driving his Bugatti at the Malabar Hill residence.

Here is the picture:
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It is not uncommon to hear "Parsi owned cars" get a better price than other normal cars. Stories of how Parsis are fanatically devoted to their cars are heard everywhere. A lot of them even refer to their cars as "mistresses" or "The second wife" and take care likewise (or even better :P) Some consider it "crazy", but I guess it's normal. Right?

Check out this Rustomjee ad I found on the internet:
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Last BUT definitely not the least, I have seen our Parsi T-BHP member's cars, in photos and in flesh! Immaculately maintained with a lot of TLC. As I am more active on the Vintage and Classics section, I see some really beautiful classics maintained by the owners in top condition! Hats off to their dedication!

One big question sill remains unanswered though, that how did this Parsi love affair for cars start?

Feel free to add stories, incidents and other interesting stuff that you have heard of/experienced with this car-crazy community!

Attaching a few pictures of my favourite beautifully maintained Fiats. Hope the owners don't mind!



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Parsis are the minority community that have done the most for the country in all fields - Homi Bhaba, JRD, Zubin Mehta, Dadabhai Naoroji, Sam Manekshaw and so many others. God bless them. I think their passion for their cars & Yezdi's is a result of an overall family value system that encourages doing things well (ie excellence), contributing to society & community and not seeking reservations. It shows up in the neatness of the traditional Parsi colonies - not only the upscale ones in Colaba but also those more modest on the economic scale in say Parel/Lalbaug. Happy New Year to all Parsis on Team BHP. May you one day sell me one of your exquisitely maintained old Fiat's. I wont haggle. Promise.
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May you one day sell me one of your exquisitely maintained old Fiat's. I wont haggle. Promise.
Ha ha! You may not have heard the old joke about Parsis.

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A Columbian, Russian, Arab and a Parsi were in a discussion during an Antique Collectors' Dinner.

Columbian Drug Lord: "I have loads of money.... I want to buy the world's 10 rarest pens."

Russian: "I am a billionaire... I want to buy the world's 20 most highly valued antique watches."

Arab: "That's nothing! I am a rich prince... I intend to purchase the world's top 50 Vintage cars."

Then they wait for the Parsi to speak...

He stirs his tea, bites into his Bun Maska, places the spoon neatly on the table, takes a sip, leans back with hands on the head and softly says..

"I am not selling."
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Lovely thread! I know quite a few Parsis, (I also have a Parsi friend who is a girl not a girlfriend) and they have an amazingly advanced thought process and intellect. Very refined individuals, and whatever the Rustomjee ad might say or depict in all its authenticity, there is an originality in the way it is done! Taking care of cars or excelling in academics or just plain abusing the cousins. There was this Parsi family in Kolkata, not quite our neighbours, but close. They had a Hillman. The owner, the Parsi "Gramps", would not sell it to the Kabadiwala, and even though it was defunct, the wash guy used to clean it daily, and the "new" Contessa too. The car finally rusted away, but was in the "family ground" long after Gramps had died, till the land was sold off and the grandson moved to New Zealand.

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Navroze Mubarak to all our Parsi Friends.
Lovely people.
Have several good friends amongst the community.
Real class!
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