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Old 25th April 2017, 17:16   #1051
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Any idea about this series, DD 120?5 where there seem to be 5 numbers with the second last one covered?
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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.
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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.
Here is a great picture which captures two cars bearing the DD series, this picture is from the coronation durbar 1911, picture was found on ebay a while back and I bid on it but unfortunately did not win it.

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Naval guard of honour arrive at review - Delhi 1911
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Cross posting here, the picture is from the album of Mr. C.C Kellar

More here : http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/vintag...ml#post4192701 (Vintage Related Memorabilia)

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This is from Ajmer before independence and before merger with Rajasthan,here is a snap shot of number plate of my family's car.
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Gents,
That is what I have - a 1939 series number from what I believe was officially Ajmer-Merwara-Kekri. We are all in agreement then which is good!

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Thanks for sharing - but do share more of the photo!
Here is the picture of my family's car , this is 1929/30 Chevrolet and my grandfather is at the wheel, picture should be from 1944-45

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Modifying my earlier post with regards to UP numbers . The first series when the 3 alphabet norm was established in Uttar Pradesh had the US & UP series running concurrently , the first series in Lucknow was USJ , whereas in Kanpur the first series was UPR & USK came later .
Surprisingly USA was shared by both Agra ( in the West ) & Gonda ( in the East ) with USA 1 to USA 5000 with the Agra RTO and 5001 to 9999 with Gonda RTO. UPL Varanasi . UPC Allahabad. UPF Jhansi ( The UPF 105 Rolls I saw in one of the links could be a Datia , Panna or a Charkhari car ). UPX Faizabad.UPM Mirzapur.
The US.. & UP.. series ran through till early 70's.

The other series since then were :

UT.. : 1973 onwards. UTW & UTZ were both Kanpur series
UR.. : late 70's
UH.. : early 80's
UA.. : 84
UG.. : mid 80's
UM.. : Late 80's
UV.. : Last alphabetical series before changing to UP ..

UP 01 to UP 07 belonged to districts which later formed Uttarakhand. So now UP 01 ~ 07 no longer exist.

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There was a 1947 Buick which was shipped from Bareilly with a UPM registration. Could be Moradabad or similar west UP registration
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Was there a 60's registration plate CPM? if so which state was it from?
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There was no State of Navsari, but they wrote the towns name in full on the number plate. A very clear photo.
The number plate is beautifully cast.

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Was there a 60's registration plate CPM? if so which state was it from?
Probably Central Provinces, now Madhya Pradesh. I think this series was issued in the 70s, I have even seen a Vijai Super scooter with CPC registration.

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There was no State of Navsari, but they wrote the towns name in full on the number plate. A very clear photo.
The number plate is beautifully cast.
Superb! I can't imagine what each plate would cost to manufacture today.

In 2012 you had also posted a Buick with plate Navsari 132 here

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I have even seen a Vijai Super scooter with CPC registration.
Here's a Bajaj 150 that belongs to a mechanic, his daily ride..

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Cross posting an interesting car. Dated 1927
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Here's a Bajaj 150 that belongs to a mechanic, his daily ride..]
as per MVD records this vehicle is registered in MYSORE WEST RTO,
So is this an original Karnataka registration number
If not please check with the guy where CPC is from?
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While browsing through some old issues of Auto India (from the 90s) I came across this ad for a Plymouth. The registration reads J.P.R. 1606 - wonder if it is genuine, and where it originated from? I suppose Jaipur/Jodhpur could be one option? A couple of similar cars do attend events in Delhi, perhaps the car survives.

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Incidentally I think the Ford on the right is now in the Dharmasthala collection.
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While browsing through some old issues of Auto India (from the 90s) I came across this ad for a Plymouth. The registration reads J.P.R. 1606 - wonder if it is genuine, and where it originated from? I suppose Jaipur/Jodhpur could be one option? A couple of similar cars do attend events in Delhi, perhaps the car survives.
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The car very much survives and is now part of the Rambagh palace car fleet.
Here is a brief history of this car, as narrated by Hamid Bhai.

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The car was in Rajasthan in small town called Ugariyawas from where, Hamid Bhai of Ghani Auto's bought it for Rs. 25,000/- in 1987/88.

This car had the Jaipur state numbers J.P.R. 1606 and upon merger into the union was alloted RJL 1149. When he bought the car it sported the JPR numbers in front and RJL no's at the back.

Mr. Bedi was shooting a documentary film on " Lotan Baba " .

https://www.hinduismtoday.com/module...hp?itemid=3349

He saw the car while he was in Jaipur and bought it from Hamid Bhai.
Mr. Bedi is a renowned photographer/film maker and used to come to Rajasthan/Ranthambore quite often.

Mr. Prithvi Singh ji (Pat Bapji for Jaipurites) saw this advertisement and bought the car from Mr. Bedi, who was also his friend.
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Incidentally Hamid bhai has copies of all old reciepts etc of this car, from 1937, which I hope to get from him soon.

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The car very much survives and is now part of the Rambagh palace car fleet.
Here is a brief history of this car, as narrated by Hamid Bhai.
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Incidentally Hamid bhai has copies of all old reciepts etc of this car, from 1937, which I hope to get from him soon.
Can't wait to see them, and I'm sure many more treasures he should have.
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Here is one that used to be parked in our apartment.
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