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Old 14th April 2016, 13:53   #976
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....From where was KHV? .... Cheers harit
I put up some more pics and info about this car and another in the Standard thread.

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Harit,..... I believe that KHV 177 is probably a 1938ish Merc 170V Cheers Cedric
More like a 230 or perhaps even a 290,320.

Accidents happened even in "those" days even though speeds were less. The registration number is strange, also not very legible.

Any possible info?

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Accidents happened even in "those" days even though speeds were less. The registration number is strange, also not very legible.

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Going by the Police man's uniform, dress of onlookers etc. and of course by the registration letters - my vote is for Uganda

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Going by the Police man's uniform, dress of onlookers etc. and of course by the registration letters - my vote is for Uganda

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I think Uganda also
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Gents,
I need you help please (again).
One photo is of a British Indian army vehicle from I guess WWII. The other is a complete mystery. EXP is not a regular code. I believe it is India but even that is not 100% guaranteed and I just wonder if some Indian manufacturer had EXP for experimental? Or am I in fairytale land again?
Any advice gratefully received on what these 2 registrations mean.
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Thanks for sharing cedric.

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One photo is of a British Indian army vehicle from I guess WWII.
The car should be a Chrysler product of the mid to late 30s (Dodge/Plymouth). I think Tripura state had TRx numbers - possible?

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The other is a complete mystery. EXP is not a regular code. I believe it is India but even that is not 100% guaranteed and I just wonder if some Indian manufacturer had EXP for experimental?
This is a Standard Vanguard Phase 1, dating to the late 40s or early 50s. The registration I doubt is Indian, but never say never.
I cannot tell for sure, but is there something different about this car - riding on tracks or something?
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Karl,
Interesting thoughts. Tripura was Indeed TRx and I have it on the 1939- list but not before. One of the really sad things about the scans coming from this Dutchman's diaries/notebooks is that the cuttings often have no description attached are are almost always undated!!!!
So if we say Tripura rather than military could it be a special registration of some sort or just a taxi maybe.

As for EXP, I don't think it is on any special running gear as the front left looks like a regular tyre on snow. Good to know it is post 1947 though. I will investigate if it is an English registration.

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I got an answer back today from a man who has a list of when all the old style British registrations were issued. He says EXP nnn was issued from March to May 1938. Earlier than this EXP 1 car but anyone who had a number like EXP 1 would transfer it from car to car I am sure.
I think therefore we should call this a British registration.
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Gents,
I have now found some photos and a description of the 'strange' Indian plate EXP-1.
It turns out it is a Pakistan army plate for a vehicle being tested. EXP for experimental I guess.
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My maternal grandfather Dr. Nellamakada M Devaiah, had a 1928-29 Ford A, with the registration number CGA 40. CGA stood for Coorg Government A, as Coorg was a small principality under the British. Coorg was merged with Karnataka in 1956.

I was fortunate that someone sent me a photo of a CGA RC Book, showing the connection with Coorg

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Yesterday I came across this picture of a nicely restored Vijai Super scooter. I assume it dates to the late 70s, 80s. Interestingly it carries a CPF registration. I have also seen another scooter of similar vintage with a CPC registration. Did the CPx series make a come back at some point?

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Spotted a LHD Willys Jeep in Kharghar yesterday! Gave the driver a thumbs up. Reg number was AHA xxxx. Can anyone shed light on this number ?

Thanks. Pics quality is bad as I was a pillion and in motion.

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Spotted a LHD Willys Jeep in Kharghar yesterday! Gave the driver a thumbs up. Reg number was AHA xxxx. Can anyone shed light on this number ?

Thanks. Pics quality is bad as I was a pillion and in motion.

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AHA should be Andhra Pradesh - maybe dating to the 80s?
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Yesterday I came across this picture of a nicely restored Vijai Super scooter. I assume it dates to the late 70s, 80s. Interestingly it carries a CPF registration. I have also seen another scooter of similar vintage with a CPC registration. Did the CPx series make a come back at some point?
Karl,
CPx came back as Madhya Pradesh in the 70s.
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Gentlemen,
A friend in Russia sent me this picture today from the website of the Federal Security Services there. These are plates that have been used on the Russian president's car in various countries.
Seoul, Korea
India
Poland
Brasil
Cuba

I have no idea when the Ru president visited India but this is what he got. Bit mundane really!
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I do not think that India issued registration plates for visiting dignitaries cars for short visits. The registration procedure is too cumbersome, and by the time the formalities are completed the Russian President would have been back home. Very few dignitaries bring their cars with them, one is the American President. Doubtfull they gave him a number plate.

Also, this registration DDB is a standard common folks series, not a diplomatic one. Makes this very doubtful.

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Harit,
Those are the only ones I know of also. I am surprised to see the name in full actally and just wonder if it could be a state car. Am I right that it is on a pretty 'posh' car and not the sort of thing a commoner would have?
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In continuation we get some sort of confirmation, but the last digit appears to be 1 in the photo, not 7 as seen on the plate.

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Good evening all.
A mystery has been solved! While looking through the British India section of the Dutchman's notebooks from the 30s to 60s, I came across an entry for LMP 60.
If you remember Harit found two photos no less of these vehicles. There is quite a lot about the LMP on the web if you do a search.
Basically it is the Light Motor Patrol, Bombay Battalion. It was a part of the Auxiliary Force (India).
The Auxiliary Force (India) (AFI) was a part-time, paid volunteer organization within the Indian Army in British India. Its units were entirely made up of European and Anglo-Indian personnel.It seems to have run from 1926 to the war.
The AFI was an all-volunteer force modelled after the British Territorial Army.
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