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Old 22nd September 2017, 12:35   #1081
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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.
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Thanks for sharing, though I have never seen anything like it. I do vaguely recall seeing military vehicles with strange lettering in red on a white background, maybe this is one of those? It could even be a non automotive application, can't say for sure.
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A lovely photo of a 1946 Chevy Fleetmaster taken in Rajkot around 1949.

The plate probably reads RAJ - D - 121 in Gujarati? Never seen one like this before.
I wonder if it is meant to be RJD 121????? Just a guess as it doesn't fit anything else I have seen.

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Thanks for sharing, though I have never seen anything like it. I do vaguely recall seeing military vehicles with strange lettering in red on a white background, maybe this is one of those? It could even be a non automotive application, can't say for sure.
An interesting thought. Many thanks.
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Came across a new series, MDM similar to MCP where the M and P were is a second row of letters.

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This is similar to MCZ below taken from a earlier post.

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A friend has sent this photo with an unusual number, if read correctly.
It appears to be GS 786 L which I wouldn't know about. It could also be CS 786 L if one were to think that a stud maybe giving the impression that the "G" is actually a "C". Then it would be Cochin State.

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A friend has sent this photo with an unusual number, if read correctly.
It appears to be GS 786 L which I wouldn't know about. It could also be CS 786 L if one were to think that a stud maybe giving the impression that the "G" is actually a "C". Then it would be Cochin State.

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If CS then Cochin State. If GS then Gwalior State. I haven't seen any CS with a suffix.
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If CS then Cochin State. If GS then Gwalior State. I haven't seen any CS with a suffix.
Very strange indeed. As Karl says Gwalior or Cochin but there was also a CS in the Central India agency CS for Charkhari is on my lists.
I have never seen a serial letter for GS or CS EXCEPT that I have a report of a plate seen in the 1930s GS 1086 L and that it could be for Lashkar. No photo of course and it is from a late old time collector's notes. Another plate exists (now we don't know with whom as it was originally with one of the very first plate collectors who died many years ago) GW.2468L. that is said to be from the Maharani of Gwalior. Strange letters and seems a strange number for the Maharani to me.
So, have I helped? Maybe.
Have I confused everyone? Probably.
Ah, the joy of the old registrations.

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These scooters, bikes and cycles are left to rot in a corner of our hostel. Couldn't find information about ADB plates online. Anyone?

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These scooters, bikes and cycles are left to rot in a corner of our hostel. Couldn't find information about ADB plates online. Anyone?

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ADB most likely is a series from Vijawada in 1980s. looks like a JAWA.
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ADB most likely is a series from Vijawada in 1980s. looks like a JAWA.
Thanks for the quick reply. Yes, it's Jawa 250cc

Though off topic, leaving a picture of the engine :

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These scooters, bikes and cycles are left to rot in a corner of our hostel. Couldn't find information about ADB plates online. Anyone?
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ADB most likely is a series from Vijayawada in 1980s. looks like a JAWA.
Yes, Vijayawada. Shows up as a '69 regn. though.

Surprisingly the vehicle is still shown as "Active" in the AP RTO online records!!

Note: Have blanked out some of the details shown on the page.

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Travancore shared this lovely photo of a Standard of the Bomanji family.

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Since it does seem to be taken in India, what can we make of the registration BO 1? I recall that BO was Bihar and Orissa? (Cedric?), though they were known to reside in Bombay.
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Travancore shared this lovely photo of a Standard of the Bomanji family.

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Since it does seem to be taken in India, what can we make of the registration BO 1? I recall that BO was Bihar and Orissa? (Cedric?), though they were known to reside in Bombay.
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Sorry for the late reply but I have not been getting notifications of the threads I follow and forgot to check here the last couple of Sundays.

The first registrations in Bihar & Orissa were indeed BO nnn but they all had one, two or three letters after the numerals indicating the issuing office or area so it should be BO 1 something if it was a British Indian number.
I am somewhat suspicious that Mr. BOmanji had such a registration and wonder if it is either a fake or a British one (Cardiff late 10s or early 20s I think). I am sure a man of his means and influence could have obtained such a number in the UK in those days.
This is especially since they lived in Bombay and in the UK, Windsor and Harrogate.
Confusing!
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The first registrations in Bihar & Orissa were indeed BO nnn but they all had one, two or three letters after the numerals indicating the issuing office or area so it should be BO 1 something if it was a British Indian number.
I am somewhat suspicious that Mr. BOmanji had such a registration and wonder if it is either a fake or a British one (Cardiff late 10s or early 20s I think). I am sure a man of his means and influence could have obtained such a number in the UK in those days.
This is especially since they lived in Bombay and in the UK, Windsor and Harrogate.
I did think along similar lines, but the chauffeur looks distinctively Indian, and there is a very small chance that they carried their chauffeur from India, though never rule it out.
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I did think along similar lines, but the chauffeur looks distinctively Indian, and there is a very small chance that they carried their chauffeur from India, though never rule it out.

There is a palm tree on the left, above the trees......which was what suspected me to believe it wasn't in the U.K.

The trees also look more tropical than temperate.

Also, doesn't the licence plate say B.O.-I ?

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There is a palm tree on the left, above the trees......which was what suspected me to believe it wasn't in the U.K.

The trees also look more tropical than temperate.

Also, doesn't the licence plate say B.O.-I ?
I don't like the spacing of the B and the O either, is something missing there. VERY untypical of English or B.I. registrations.
Enhancing the contrast, it looks like B O-1 or I. Not dots either.
I was never an area indicator in Bihar and Orissa and indeed is very rare in the original B.I. series.
This one may remain a mystery I fear.
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