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Old 11th December 2015, 20:36   #946
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Dear Fintail - the other taxi series which had lots of cars were MRR, MRT and MRP.

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MRK was very much a taxi series, no?

Did the gent in question hire a driver and ply the car as a taxi?
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Just for the records- A MRK registered FIAT 1100 Delight .... MRK would be a 'Sixties Bombay number.
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Actually, IIRC, Mr. Behram Dhabhar had mentioned that MRK was a 70s Padmini series.
And careful- it might as well be a later model taxi sporting just the MRK plates, as was the case with many of the "body-swapped" taxis! ....
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Dear Shyam - your memory is commendable. Yes, MRK8473 was registered brand new in 1978. The owner was a Parsi gentleman. He still works as one of the priests ....
Dear Fintail - the other taxi series which had lots of cars were MRR, MRT and MRP.........
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MRK was very much a taxi series, no? Did the gent in question hire a driver and ply the car as a taxi?
Basically vehicles were registered under two categories, private and commercial. Each had their distinctive series. Commercial series included cabs, trucks, buses. Private series had most of the two wheeler's, earlier restricted to 3 digit registrations, and private cars, buses and trucks. Commercial plates were white, private black. That is reversed. 2 wheeler's can get commercial registration like in Goa where they are hired out, 2 wheeler's have their own series. And the colours of the plates have been reversed.
After the BM? series, MR? series were introduced. The first were MRP, MRQ, MRS, MRT, MRK, MRL, MRO. The latter 3 came later, and MRL registered buses ran well into the 1990's. None of these series were assigned exclusively to cabs, MRK was seen on BEST buses too.
Premier cabs were continuously fixed and after a while not much was original substance anymore. Panels were reused and new pressings were available.
Many folks including Sardar's, Parsi's etc. owned cabs, and either drove them or rented them out to drivers, maybe both options were partly practiced. And we all are aware that Priests can have a second profession.
Lots of possibilities, and no real generalization applicable.

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From my lists I have that Travancore from the beginning until 1939 was TVR
From 1939 to 1947 .... Cheers Cedric
Here is a nice sweet picture of a TVR series combo, maybe Travancore recognizes some people?

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Here is a nice sweet picture of a TVR series combo, maybe Travancore recognizes some people?

Cheers harit
Lovely photo Harit. Looks to me like a Christian couple by the lady's dress - may be even on their wedding day.

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Ajay,
From my lists I have that Travancore from the beginning until 1939 was TVR
From 1939 to 1947 it was TCC - Cochin, TCK - Kottayam, TCQ - Quilon, TCT - Trivandrum.
From 1947-50 it was all just TRV
1950 onwards it was TCK - Kottayam, TCR - Trichur, TCT - Travancore

If this is a special Travancore series and we just don't know what the MS is for, there were an awful lot of them if this was 7363.

I wonder (ok this is a wild guess) if this was some strange series for some kind of vehicles that were 'registered' in both Madras State and Travancore?? Like I say, a wild guess.
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Are you sure about the registration series in the period 1939-1947 ?
According to my info TCK,TCQ, TCR and TCT was 1950 onwards after the formation of Travancore Cochin state- and these 4 registrations being granted for the 4 districts in existence then Trivandrum,Quilon,Kottayam and Trichur.eg:TCT(Travancore Cochin Trivandrum)
CS-cochin state registration ended at 1939 or 1950??
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Are you sure about the registration series in the period 1939-1947 ?
According to my info TCK,TCQ, TCR and TCT was 1950 onwards after the formation of Travancore Cochin state- and these 4 registrations being granted for the 4 districts in existence then Trivandrum,Quilon,Kottayam and Trichur.eg:TCT(Travancore Cochin Trivandrum)
CS-cochin state registration ended at 1939 or 1950??
Well, all I can really say is that my lists are old and usually but not always right. Pretty much everything was reregistered in 1939 and from the 1939 Madras list, there is no code for Cochin so I would say CS definitely stopped in 1939.
I agree there is a certain logic that TCC, K, Q and T would be after 1949 and the formation of Travancore-Cochin state.
I have a picture of TCK that looks very 30s to me but none of the others sadly.
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An Indian, apparently in some Arab country, with a Morris Oxford. Any idea which country this plate is from? In another photo there are many cars in the background, Studebaker, Austin, American Ford as seen in India in those times.

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An Indian, apparently in some Arab country, with a Morris Oxford. Any idea which country this plate is from? In another photo there are many cars in the background, Studebaker, Austin, American Ford as seen in India in those times.

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Wonder if it is an Egyptian plate.
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An Indian, apparently in some Arab country, with a Morris Oxford. Any idea which country this plate is from? In another photo there are many cars in the background, Studebaker, Austin, American Ford as seen in India in those times.

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Well done that man! 100% guaranteed Egypt.
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Well done that man! 100% guaranteed Egypt.
Cedric, I remember seeing the 'C.PRIVE' on car numberplates in Egypt even in 1997 on my first (and only) visit there! Any idea what that means- car priv(e)ate..??
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Cedric, I remember seeing the 'C.PRIVE' on car numberplates in Egypt even in 1997 on my first (and only) visit there! Any idea what that means- car priv(e)ate..??

Stanher,
The C is for Cairo. and Prive is French for private as far as anyone knows. From the old old days.
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This photo was supposedly taken during the Indian National Congress meeting, 1937. That meeting may have been at Faizpur, Bombay Presidency. Nehru does look a tad older for that date.

Interesting license plate on that motorcycle, though.

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This photo was supposedly taken during the Indian National Congress meeting, 1937. That meeting may have been at Faizpur, Bombay Presidency. Nehru does look a tad older for that date.

Interesting license plate on that motorcycle, though.
Travancore,
T is one of the later Bombay city registrations so it would be towards the end of the 30s since everything changed in 1939.
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Where does 'ABC nnnn' series belong to? Saw a Royal Enfield Bullet bearing the number 'ABC 29xx' in Bangalore. Since it had all bells and whistles of the CDI 350cc, I wasn't able to figure out which vintage it was.
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Where does 'ABC nnnn' series belong to? Saw a Royal Enfield Bullet bearing the number 'ABC 29xx' in Bangalore. Since it had all bells and whistles of the CDI 350cc, I wasn't able to figure out which vintage it was.
Silversteed,
I have ABx as being for Andhra Pradesh Hyderabad from 73 to 79 on my lists. I suspect the 3rd serial letter was not actually serial but probably issued by district in Hyderabad as I feel they may not have issued all 3rd serial letters.
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What about HNL nnnn guys?
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