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Old 25th July 2009, 09:26   #166
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There used to be one Lambretta (Innocenti) model in my building with registration number BMY ----, which registration is this, Mumbai or Pune ???
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There used to be one Lambretta (Innocenti) model in my building with registration number BMY ----, which registration is this, Mumbai or Pune ???
All BM registrations are Bombay city. It is unlikely the scooter you mentioned was BMY registered, as it dates to around 1947. Most Lambrettas of BM series were BML or BMF.
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this was sent by my friend the pictures in 1946 of bangalore
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this was sent by my friend the pictures in 1946 of bangalore
It'd be interesting to know what colour the plate is.
Also, - this pic. is incidentally at Shivajinagar, this market being adjacent Russel's market (which is on the right) and the gujiri (scrap-market) which should be on the left.

This beef market is still there, painted dark red and white when I last saw it a couple of years ago.
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imperial.s.a,
Now that is an interesting photo! BAN 565 and presumably black on white. We know virtually nothing of Mysore state registrations pre partition and this helps a lot. Black on white plates were introduced in 1939 for all forms of public transport - taxis, buses and trucks. I presume this is a taxi.
Can anyone date the car? Being pre47, there is a good chance I think that this was it's original number (certainly as a taxi).
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I presume this is a taxi.
Can anyone date the car? Being pre47, there is a good chance I think that this was it's original number (certainly as a taxi).
It looks like a late 30s chevy.
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Hi Cedric,

In another lot of pics which I got recently, one car is registered KHV 193. Any clue as to where this could have been? I will also enquire.

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Harit,
No so sure but in the 1939 list KH and a third letter is listed as Kachchh (Kutch) but I am surprised if there was a V. How old is it? What sort of plate is it? It would be useful to see the photo please?

I would guess it may be an unknown 1902 series code probably.
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No so sure but in the 1939 list KH and a third letter is listed as Kachchh (Kutch) but I am surprised if there was a V. How old is it? What sort of plate is it? It would be useful to see the photo please?

I would guess it may be an unknown 1902 series code probably.
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Hi Cedric,
You are very right, it is Kutch. The car was a Mercedes 320 of about 1938, it belonged to my friends father. KHV is correct, maybe the last of the KH series.
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A 1905 Humber, photographed in Bombay

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Unusual photo received from Sylvia Murphy (Australia). Location is Bombay, India and the driver is a Harry Soundy, born 1863 & died 1922. With him are his sister Kate, in back, step mother and sister Elsie. As Elsie married in September 1906 and Harry married in 1907, the photo was probably taken before then. Harry was a photographer and ran a major studio in Bombay. It is likely that he had the picture coloured. --The car is a cca 1905 Humber 8/10 Tonneau. This rad. for one year only
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It is intersting to note the white plate with black letters (though hand coloured). Was that for official cars? I recall something like that in a Viceroy Rolls photo'd in Delhi
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Karl,
A lovely photo and so good to have the history with it.
This is the first black on white plate (if that is indeed the colour as the photo must have been coloured) I have seen from an early vehicle in India. There were some D6 type numbers in the 1930s in Delhi for the senior officials but I would think 262 would be a private number rather than official. My guess is they either didn't worry about the colour of the plate too much in 1905 or this is really a white on black plate.
Let us hope you find some more early photos.
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No so sure but in the 1939 list KH and a third letter is listed as Kachchh (Kutch) but I am surprised if there was a V. How old is it? What sort of plate is it? It would be useful to see the photo please?

I would guess it may be an unknown 1902 series code probably.
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Hi Cedric.

Today I met a gentleman from Kutch. He told me that in Kutch there was only KHV series, the state was small and Bhuj which was the Capital had maybe around 25 cars. This state was centrally administered and got regular Gujrat registrations only in the 1950's.

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Moralfibre found this nice picture showing an Austin (?) taxi in a hotel in Delhi. Clear number plate visible showing the earlier colour scheme for commercial vehicles.

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Just small comments.
Many registration numbers in the UK are very similar to Indian system. There were many series where there are three alphabets followed by numbers, and that too upto 4 digits.

Another peculiarity I noticed is that when cars were re-registered in 1940, many books had the old number written on the inner front cover on the upper right side. And I have seen a BMX series book where the word "new" was written in that place.
I have just got in my hand another original BMW registration book. This was of a 1934 car, it was also re-registered in April 1940. Now it is fairly certain that all Bombay cars were re-registered in 1940, discarding their single alphabet for the three alphabets. The old no was X.....
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Found this stellar image (more to follow) here

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The title reads Calcutta Street - In Front of Grand Hotel - Date Unknown.

5 digit registration 26903 is clearly visible.
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