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Old 20th November 2013, 00:26   #661
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The Assamese Vauxhall is on its way to India.

Here is another one. Delhi I presume? And a dot is seen on the plate. And why is the plate in white? The cars looks private, not a commercial.
The background looks like India. Not much has changed for this century.

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Attached is a PII with a white "D" Plate. Car was a Company demonstrator then, picture was taken in Delhi around 1930.

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So does that make it Delhi, or some kind of a "dealer" plate ?

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And also the famous Hansa picture!

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Harit,
Most of the early Delhi plates were white. Interesting that this is a 1930 car/photo as the use of white plates had pretty much died out by then. If it was a dealer plate, they were normally in a different format by the 30s and not white either. I would guess it's just a normal plate but painted in an older style. Dots were quite common in the 1920s and 30s in some parts of India.
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I came across this number plate on a car of approx 1910, and the car is in Mumbai. It does not mean that it was registered in Mumbai. Any idea about this series, DD 120?5 where there seem to be 5 numbers with the second last one covered?
Image is small as it gets out of focus when enlarged.

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I came across this number plate on a car of approx 1910, and the car is in Mumbai. It does not mean that it was registered in Mumbai. Any idea about this series, DD 120?5 where there seem to be 5 numbers with the second last one covered?
Image is small as it gets out of focus when enlarged.

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Attached is a "colourised" version of Harit's picture.

I am not convinced that the picture or the licence plate is for real....looks more like a "recreation" of an event during the 1911 Durbar.

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Harit, Travancore.
That is so amazing that you found this photo or perhaps advert would be a better name.
This number plate photo was first known about before the 1950s by one of the very earliest collectors of plates but was just the number alone without the car or background and thus we have it as 'unknown'. It was stated then to be a photo taken in 1911 but never where.

Now that I see the advert and whole picture, I believe that this is a very early dealer plate from somewhere. I would expect Bombay to have been B or a number alone maybe so I just wonder if DD was Delhi???? The flyer seems to read (if my old eyes don't deceive me) that Standard supplied cars (plural) for the royal guests in Delhi so I think DD is indeed Delhi Dealer. 120 would be the Standard Motor Co. and 5 would be the 5th plate for that dealer.

Travancore, I don't suppose there is any way you can find me a bigger picture of that advert? By the way, you attachment doesn't show up in the thread itself but does when I hit reply! strange.

Another gold star for harit (make that 2 LOL) and also for travancore for finding the advert.
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Harit, Travancore.
Now that I see the advert and whole picture, I believe that this is a very early dealer plate from somewhere. I would expect Bombay to have been B or a number alone maybe so I just wonder if DD was Delhi???? The flyer seems to read (if my old eyes don't deceive me) that Standard supplied cars (plural) for the royal guests in Delhi so I think DD is indeed Delhi Dealer. 120 would be the Standard Motor Co. and 5 would be the 5th plate for that dealer.

Travancore, I don't suppose there is any way you can find me a bigger picture of that advert? By the way, you attachment doesn't show up in the thread itself but does when I hit reply! strange.

Another gold star for harit (make that 2 LOL) and also for travancore for finding the advert.
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Standard Motor Co. supplied 70 cars for the Delhi Durbar. These were stationed at Bombay, Delhi, Calcutta and Nepal - as far as I know.

Will try to get you a larger picture. Need to hunt for it!

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Here are excerpts from the book "Chamber of Princes".

It reads like prior to 1916/17, some form of "RPMC" plates were used to identify Native States cars (when they came into British controlled India). I assume "RPMC" stood for Ruling Princes Minor / Major Chiefs.

Has anyone seen any of these plates ?


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Could anyone confirm when and where the registration ''PYS'' originates from? Pondicherry I guess? Our 1100D was registered as ''PYS''.

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Fintail,
PYS was indeed a Pondicherry registration after it was ceeded to India in 1954.
Interestingly, as I understand it, only PYP, PYQ and PYS were issued - all on private vehicles both 2 and 4 wheel. Although I don't have any photos, I would guess that PYR was commercial but has anyone any information on any other letters used?
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Here is a Bombay Vauxhall Kingston from 1920.

I have never seen the "BOM-xxx" plate before.

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Travancore,
We believe that the first series issued in Bombay city was probably only a number and may never have reached 9999. After that came BOM nnnn.
This one is interesting as I can't figure out of it is 4310 with the 1 very faint or possibly 43/D in which case it is probably a dealer plate.
Is there any chance you can get me the original jpg so I can play with enlarging it on some photo software I have here?
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Travancore,
We believe that the first series issued in Bombay city was probably only a number and may never have reached 9999. After that came BOM nnnn.
This one is interesting as I can't figure out of it is 4310 with the 1 very faint or possibly 43/D in which case it is probably a dealer plate.
Is there any chance you can get me the original jpg so I can play with enlarging it on some photo software I have here?
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Unfortunately, this is the best I have!
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Mine is MFA 4485. It's fun thinking it might be an acronym of Mafia. But absolutely love the old numbers. We had one that was BLL 432. I wonder where that car is now. Last I heard, after we sold it, the new owner bashed it somewhere
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Where does the registeration ''HYE'' date from?

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Where does the registeration ''HYE'' date from?
HY* would be Haryana if am not mistaken, I guess it started with HR (HRA)...Cedric et al could confirm this?
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