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Old 13th July 2017, 19:48   #1066
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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.
The autoindia must be of 1997 if I am not mistaken. In 2003 I had called Mr.Bedi on the phone number in this advt to find out the whereabouts of this car and he had told me it was purchased by Taj group for 1.5 lakhs

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Calcutta, ca 1935.

The car looks like a 1926-ish Erskine. May be the experts can identify.

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Calcutta, ca 1935.

The car looks like a 1926-ish Erskine. May be the experts can identify.

Chevrolet more than a Erskin though wished the latter
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Calcutta, ca 1935.

The car looks like a 1926-ish Erskine. May be the experts can identify.
Almost certainly a 27/28 Chevy - though I haven't seen that style of bumper often. Lovely picture!

Don't miss the hood ornament - a similar one is fitted to the LaSalle in Hyderabad.
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Attached are images of a 1948 registration book - I noticed a stamp "South Deccan Region, Poona" and the abbreviation S.D.R., Poona. The car was originally registered in Satara district with a BYF series. I assume at the time BM- series was Bombay city, and BY- series for the rest of the Bombay State.

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Also found petrol rationing slips - or rather Motor Spirit Rationing Order as it was then called. Does anyone remember when the rationing stopped?
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The question is, are we aware that there was a "T" series for taxi's in Calcutta? From the car it appears to be mid 1920's.
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Indeed Calcutta had a Taxi series with 'T'
Another one bearing the "T" series

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I am sure Karl can tell us about the owner of this car.
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Another one bearing the "T" series

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I am sure Karl can tell us about the owner of this car.
Very nice! Owned by the Reform Taxi Cab Co., Canal Street, Entally. It seems they also owned more similar Fiats, registered T 546, T 556, T 557, T 574, T 578, T 602, T 604, T 613, T 623 and probably many more!
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Cross posting here , RJM 98 , the car was supposedly in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
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I was lucky to read a very interesting account of the earliest days of the automobile in Bombay. It mentions the first car registered in Bombay was simply No 1 - a 12hp Orleans car, of Sir Richard Lamb. No. 2 was owned by Mr. J Sladen, and No. 3 was a De Dion of Mr. Rustomjee Byramjee Jeejeebhoy. By 1905, 355 cars were registered in Bombay!
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An old Jeep

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Caught this screen grab from an old film shot in Darjeeling and Kalimpong if I remember right. Unfortunately forgot to save the link.

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It shows what is almost certainly a 1938 Dodge product, bearing registration what seems to read BCX 310? Could that be right? Note the white plate, implying it is possibly a taxi/commercial vehicle.

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Caught this screen grab from an old film shot in Darjeeling and Kalimpong if I remember right. Unfortunately forgot to save the link.

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It shows what is almost certainly a 1938 Dodge product, bearing registration what seems to read BCX 310? Could that be right? Note the white plate, implying it is possibly a taxi/commercial vehicle.
Karl,
Very interesting. I think this is a 1939 series number from Bengal state and would be BGX. I do not have a code letter for Darjeeling (which I feel should have had one) and I do not have the code letter X listed either although most letters are accounted for.
So, 2+2=4.5 means the BGX could well be Darjeeling.......(probably)

Keep watching those old films please!
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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?

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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.

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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Here is a great picture which captures two cars bearing the DD series, this picture is from the coronation durbar 1911.

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The DD registration number has been discussed before and pictures seen.

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and enjoy this BFI film where we can see the car at around 1.07 mins


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Hello all.
Here is an interesting plate for sale on Ebay just now. The owner claims it is a 1939 Delhi registration plate but I am not so sure. The 2 big holes and the plate in general look unused and there is bits of a Delhi sticker on the back. Why the third home made hole? The plate is enamelled so it is early for sure and red on white makes no sense to me as it does not fit regular, dealer or temporary styles of any period.
All thoughts, comments and suggestions welcomed.
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A lovely photo of a 1946 Chevy Fleetmaster taken in Rajkot around 1949.

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The plate probably reads RAJ - D - 121 in Gujarati? Never seen one like this before.
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