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Old 29th December 2013, 14:41   #1126
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I don't know if these pictures have been posted here before, but thought I will post them anyway.

These are from an article that came on the Manorama Onlie version - see the link below:

http://www.manoramaonline.com/cgi-bi...tabId=16&BV_ID=@@@

The contents of the article are more or less same as the extract of the "Fasttrack" article I had posted on 16th December 2013.

Pictures I felt should be here as we are trying to record the classics that have been in Kerala

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Can the gurus please post the correct details of the 3 cars other than the Fintail and any info on their current wherabouts

Best Regards & Drive Safe

Ram
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Pictures I felt should be here as we are trying to record the classics that have been in Kerala

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Can the gurus please post the correct details of the 3 cars other than the Fintail and any info on their current wherabouts

Best Regards & Drive Safe

Ram
The cars are (top to bottom)

Cadillac 1939 (Series 62 ?) Convertible

RR 20/25, Chassis GLZ-17 (now in Bhogilal Collection)

Studebaker Land Cruiser, 1930's
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Here is another view of the Travancore Cadillac convertible. Picture taken during the visit of Maharaja of Bikanir to Travancore in 1939.

The gentleman holding the rear door open (in plumed hat and braid) happens to be my Uncle, Hon. ADC to the Maharaja. Also visible is the Dewan, Sir. C.P. Ramaswami Ayyar.

pic courtesy of the late H.H. Maharaja of Travancore.

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Here is another view of the Travancore Cadillac convertible. Picture taken during the visit of Maharaja of Bikanir to Travancore in 1939.

The gentleman holding the rear door open (in plumed hat and braid) happens to be my Uncle, Hon. ADC to the Maharaja. Also visible is the Dewan, Sir. C.P. Ramaswami Ayyar.

pic courtesy of the late H.H. Maharaja of Travancore.

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Was this car in Travancore post 1956? if so,then it would be having a KLT number.Any idea where it went?
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Was this car in Travancore post 1956? if so,then it would be having a KLT number.Any idea where it went?
Ajay - please confirm the post number (1956), so I can trace it.

I think the two pics below show the same car - though it seems to have had whitewalls when new. Note the absence of running boards (believe they were standard only on the V-16's for 1939).

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I read somewhere that the Aravind Automobiles Special was built on a 1930's Cadillac chassis from the Palace. Could it be this one or a similar Sedan / Limousine that was at Kaudiar Palace ?

Here is the link - it says 1939 limousine

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/vintag...ml#post2047159 (History of Cars in India)

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Ajay - please confirm the post number (1956), so I can trace it.

I think the two pics below show the same car - though it seems to have had whitewalls when new. Note the absence of running boards (believe they were standard only on the V-16's for 1939).

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I read somewhere that the Aravind Automobiles Special was built on a 1930's Cadillac chassis from the Palace. Could it be this one or a similar Sedan / Limousine that was at Kaudiar Palace ?
I was asking you for the KLT number if it ever had one?
If you are mentioning about the Aravind automobiles car was it not built on a Studebaker chassis?
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I was asking you for the KLT number if it ever had one?
If you are mentioning about the Aravind automobiles car was it not built on a Studebaker chassis?

Don't know the answer to either question - may be the Motor Vehicles website can throw some light on the registration ?
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Don't know the answer to either question - may be the Motor Vehicles website can throw some light on the registration ?
The Registration Number - its indeed a red herring. Kerala MV Records shows KLR 1552 as a three wheeled goods vehicle.

If I recall correctly, the Cadillac was rebuilt and a Stude Chassis was used to build the Palace Special. Another thing, I remember that the Palace Special was roughly the size of a Italian Fiat 124 and hence, unless the Cadillac Chassis was cut, the sizes would not match.

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Can someone please help identify this Travancore car ?

Very unique (ugly) windshield header and curved roof and sill may be clues.

Picture was taken in 1946, but the car seems to be of a pre-war vintage.

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Can someone please help identify this Travancore car ? Very unique (ugly) windshield header and curved roof and sill may be clues. Picture was taken in 1946, but the car seems to be of a pre-war vintage.
Looks to me a 1935 Chevy

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The replica on the roll, thanks to The Vintage and classics of Travancore Cochin and Malabar FB page for the snap.
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Looks to me a 1935 Chevy

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A Chevorlet Standard (perhaps). But the quarter glass and windscreen is a bit confusing.
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Thanks to the vintage and classics of Travancore cochin and malabar fb page
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My initial thoughts were a Chevy Suburban or International-Harvester. But unfortunately cannot find a match!
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A Chevorlet Standard (perhaps). But the quarter glass and windscreen is a bit confusing.
To my best recollection, Chevy has not had a front suicide door. Suicide door were very common with Ford and Lincoln products as were fender mounted spare wheel. Moreover, the curve of the front door top and the height of the back door indicate a custom body. The space, the leg room and how the back seat has this immense size, indicates a custom job. The top of the roof has black covering which was very common on special body work. More research is called for .
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