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Old 24th March 2012, 13:15   #481
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Read from the local daily that the royal merc of the Trivandrum palace used by HH Utradam Thirunnal Marthanda Varma was quoted by merc itself for INR 2500000. The Merc with model name 180 D was bought in 1955 . With a single engine it has clocked 23 lakh miles. The same car has been awarded with 6 Medals.
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Read from the local daily that the royal merc of the Trivandrum palace used by HH Utradam Thirunnal Marthanda Varma was quoted by merc itself for INR 2500000. The Merc with model name 180 D was bought in 1955 . With a single engine it has clocked 23 lakh miles. The same car has been awarded with 6 Medals.
That's like reaching the moon. Could be 2.3 lac miles
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That's like reaching the moon. Could be 2.3 lac miles
No it is definitely not 2.3lakh miles. the said car has been a daily driver for the past 57 years. I am not sure about the engine being the same,but the mileage covered is true as per my info.Assume that the car has done 60000 miles every year in its early years(which is possible) then 2.3lakh miles over such a period is achievable

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No it is definitely not 2.3lakh miles. the said car has been a daily driver for the past 57 years. I am not sure about the engine being the same,but the mileage covered is true as per my info.Assume that the car has done 60000 miles every year in its early years(which is possible) then 2.3lakh miles over such a period is achievable
The mileage figure mentioned is most probably right because a close family friend of mine knows the car from the day one it is with the palace . The engine in the car is still the original one but was rebuilt in the late nineties .I had the privilege of taking a short ride in this car . This car used to do at least two trips every month to Mysore , Madras and Anamalais till about a few years back. Now the situation is that car is more roadworthy than the owner , hence not used for long trips .Like Ajay said it is still a daily driver .
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This will no do justice to any of the cars in this snap bucause it was snapped with my phone from a local daily. The cars owned by the petrolhead maharajas of Trivandrum palace.
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This will no do justice to any of the cars in this snap bucause it was snapped with my phone from a local daily. The cars owned by the petrolhead maharajas of Trivandrum palace.
the same photos along with some other royal car photos had been published in an issue of ''FASTTRACK'' a few years ago.So I assume this must have appeared in Manorama Cochin Edition
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This will no do justice to any of the cars in this snap bucause it was snapped with my phone from a local daily. The cars owned by the petrolhead maharajas of Trivandrum palace.
Possible to scan this and which newspaper etc. thanks
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Possible to scan this and which newspaper etc. thanks
It seems you have not read my previous post, the newspaper is clearly mentioned therein
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It seems you have not read my previous post, the newspaper is clearly mentioned therein
Date when it appeared is what I am asking
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This will no do justice to any of the cars in this snap bucause it was snapped with my phone from a local daily. The cars owned by the petrolhead maharajas of Trivandrum palace.
This must be a super set of photos - please please do take the effort of sharing a higher quality scan. These are obviously top cars.

The last picture I can see is a Studebaker Land Cruiser of the mid 30s - there was an identical car in Mumbai (possibly same colour too, possibly same car). Harit had shared photos of parts of the car, with actress Ruby Myers, one of the many actresses who used the screen name Sulochana.
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This must be a super set of photos - please please do take the effort of sharing a higher quality scan. These are obviously top cars.
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The last picture I can see is a Studebaker Land Cruiser of the mid 30s - there was an identical car in Mumbai (possibly same colour too, possibly same car). Harit had shared photos of parts of the car, with actress Ruby Myers, one of the many actresses who used the screen name Sulochana.
You could be correct Karl
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/vintag...ml#post1806118

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This must be a super set of photos - please please do take the effort of sharing a higher quality scan. These are obviously top cars.

The last picture I can see is a Studebaker Land Cruiser of the mid 30s - there was an identical car in Mumbai (possibly same colour too, possibly same car). Harit had shared photos of parts of the car, with actress Ruby Myers, one of the many actresses who used the screen name Sulochana.
This was an article that could have been so much more elegantly done. The pictures are extremely poor quality.

The only car I can recognize by chassis number is the R-R 20/25 (second from top - now Bhogilal). The boy in the picture is the current Maharaja, who just turned 90! The car is however identified in the article as a "Humber" !!!

The cars (as identified in the mag) are top to bottom:

Ford; "Humber" (Malayalam for R-R); Opel; Cadillac (Green); Cadillac (Blue)

The article also has a list which includes a Cadillac "Palace Special", Studebaker, Lincoln etc.

The Autos of the Maharajas also talks about the Travancore Lincolns and Cadillacs with no details. Cheers
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This will no do justice to any of the cars in this snap bucause it was snapped with my phone from a local daily. The cars owned by the petrolhead maharajas of Trivandrum palace.

Please give me the date? When this appeared
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This was an article that could have been so much more elegantly done. The pictures are extremely poor quality.

The only car I can recognize by chassis number is the R-R 20/25 (second from top - now Bhogilal). The boy in the picture is the current Maharaja, who just turned 90! The car is however identified in the article as a "Humber" !!!

The cars (as identified in the mag) are top to bottom:

Ford; "Humber" (Malayalam for R-R); Opel; Cadillac (Green); Cadillac (Blue)

The article also has a list which includes a Cadillac "Palace Special", Studebaker, Lincoln etc.

The Autos of the Maharajas also talks about the Travancore Lincolns and Cadillacs with no details. Cheers
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I fully agree with you ,I was able to locate the 2006 Issue of Fasttrack wherein these photos was previously published Here is the list of Palace cars as written therein
1.Minerva
2.Ballela Fiat
3.3 Buicks including one convertible(that convertible is now in Bombay)
4.Hudson
5.Pontiacs-2
6.Lincoln
7.Cadillacs -4 including one PALACE SPECIAL (modified by a local guy) and a convertible
8.Dodge
9.Opel
10.Humber
11.Austin
12.Mercedes -4 numbers including 1 ponton and 3 Fintail S class
13.Plymouth Valiant-2 numbers
14.Vanguard
there was also mention of the contessa and later model cars owned by the PALACE
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Is that OMNI tail lamp?

Spotted in Kannur
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