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Old 24th January 2013, 11:40   #586
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If I'm not mistaken this bike was restored by a TBHPian, the photo I think had his dad standing next to it. Must find the post.
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http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/pre-wa...tml#post959769 (Harley Davidson's in India)

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BTW, from where is MSS? I have a Buick convertible pictured.
Sir, MSS would be Madras State.

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'found this pic. of an old Harley on Facebook. Is this an old (pre-'39) Madras regn., going by the MC?

But werent they something like MC/P?

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If I'm not mistaken this bike was restored by a TBHPian, the photo I think had his dad standing next to it. Must find the post.

MC existed as well, probably before MC/P. There was also MC-1234-X.
I read the number as MC 3U23 instead of MC 3023, thus thinking that this is something new.
Correct, MC was Madras, when MC got exhausted they started MC P. Just as we had in Bombay, BOM 1234 when exhausted got an X. Everyone evolved the way they felt like till the Government changed rules in 1939 with a new act and lots of placed had to re-register all their vehicles.

BTW, from where is MSS? I have a Buick convertible pictured.

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If I'm not mistaken this bike was restored by a TBHPian, the photo I think had his dad standing next to it. Must find the post.

MC existed as well, probably before MC/P. There was also MC-1234-X.

Karl,
As far as we can tell, MC/P was after MC and MC/Z was after MC/P. I have photos of both but have never seen an MC/X. Are there any photos of MC/X to be had?
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Harit,
Regarding MSS, MSL-MSZ were Madras state from '47 to '68. The registrations were by place not vehicle type and I have MSS as Madras East which used MST, W, S, R, O and M before moving on to TM and a serial letter.
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As far as we can tell, MC/P was after MC and MC/Z was after MC/P. I have photos of both but have never seen an MC/X. Are there any photos of MC/X to be had?
I have a fair amount of MC series, ranging from MC 1 to MC 9403.

Then I have MC-073-B, and M.C.13.F. I also have MC/P xxxx. Not seen MC/Z.

Followed by MSC, MSL, M, P, Q, R, S, V, W, X, Y, Z. There are many more MDx series.
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This is an image from Calcutta of 1944. In the foreground, a Dodge bus number 5 A (Ballygunj - Howrah Stn) is seen with a BLS 397 number plate. Is it a bull bar that it is fitted with? Also by its side a Bedford bus number 8A (route not clear) can be seen.The Howrah bridge can be seen in the background.
The rear axles of the buses seen have a single wheel, whereas there is provision for two plus two wheels on the axle.

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(I posted this picture on the thread "Images of Traffic Scenes from Yesteryear's" post # 48, but the number plate is so special that I felt it must be seen here too)
Anjan ji,this BL series was also there in mumbai, (Bombay) as in early 1990. We can see many maruti 800 having BLL. BLB.and scooters with BLC. In fact our Maruti van of 1987 had BLL 142.as regd No.
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If I'm not mistaken this bike was restored by a TBHPian, the photo I think had his dad standing next to it. Must find the post.

MC existed as well, probably before MC/P. There was also MC-1234-X.
Yes I do recall the MC/P regn. Seen your pic. of one of your uncle's cars (Austin 7) with one.
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I read the number as MC 3U23 instead of MC 3023, thus thinking that this is something new.
Correct, MC was Madras, when MC got exhausted they started MC P. Just as we had in Bombay, BOM 1234 when exhausted got an X. Everyone evolved the way they felt like till the Government changed rules in 1939 with a new act and lots of placed had to re-register all their vehicles.

BTW, from where is MSS? I have a Buick convertible pictured.

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There was a registration in Madras(pre68) -MS-TR.Have seen photos of 3 cars with that plate
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Karl,
Any chance you can post the MC/B and MC/F photos? I have not seen these before.
This is the MC/Z I have. I found it on Team-BHP but I have no idea which thread.
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The Pre Independence numbers are very interesting. Anyone here trying to sell any of these old numbers?
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The Pre Independence numbers are very interesting. Anyone here trying to sell any of these old numbers?
What do you mean ""sell"" these old numbers''.Pre independence numbers were all changed later so how can one sell it??
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What do you mean ""sell"" these old numbers''.Pre independence numbers were all changed later so how can one sell it??
I mean anyone here looking to sell cars bearing the post independence numbers like "XYZ 1234"
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I mean anyone here looking to sell cars bearing the post independence numbers like "XYZ 1234"
This is of use only in states where Number portability is allowed like in Delhi,Punjab.
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Karl,
Any chance you can post the MC/B and MC/F photos? I have not seen these before.
This is the MC/Z I have. I found it on Team-BHP but I have no idea which thread.
M.C.13.F is a Morris photo, in my notes I've written I got it from you Let me dig out the image.

The MC Z Wolseley you posted is from the family albums of member Wasif. He had posted some super images on the nostalgic thread.
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Karl,
How embarassing! On further digging in my files, I find I have 3 Madras dealer/temp plates from the 1930s MC-07-D, M.C.13.F and MC17W.
The MC17W I got from Harit and is white on red. The other 2 are white on black and I believe they are dealer plates but I guess they could be private vehicles. I am thinking that maybe the reason the private plates had MC over P or Z is differentiate them from the dealer plates with the dots or the dashes. Certainly the earliest dealer plates in some states were white on black and we have no idea when the white on red started.
What does MC-073-B look like? It could be a dealer plate.
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While restoring a car recently came across these plates . Interesting number . Would someone help decipher this ..


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