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Old 16th January 2014, 09:37   #1141
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My initial thoughts were a Chevy Suburban or International-Harvester. But unfortunately cannot find a match!
I was also confused about whether it was a Chevy Suburban, but the position of the front door hinges are different.
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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.
Tyres are a total misfit for this body type, especially keeping such wide tyres as spares without a cover.
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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 .
Sir , for your knowledge and perusal on Chevrolet with Suicide doors .

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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 .
I am not 100% sure that the Travancore Royal family car is a Chevy Standard, but it closely resembles one. Surely the gurus can help us out.
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Sir , for your knowledge and perusal on Chevrolet with Suicide doors . Cheers
Thank you for correction about chevy's suicide doors although they were around only for a couple of years on the master series. The vehicle under discussion does
not resemble the car in your photograph. And we are trying to identify this car with the fender spare wheel and very high roofline .
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Can someone please help identify this Travancore car ? ......
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.... 1935 Chevy Cheers
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A Chevorlet Standard (perhaps). But the quarter glass and windscreen is a bit confusing.
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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. ...........
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I was also confused about whether it was a Chevy Suburban, but the position of the front door hinges are different.
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Sir , for your knowledge and perusal on Chevrolet with Suicide doors Cheers
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I am not 100% sure that the Travancore Royal family car is a Chevy Standard, but it closely resembles .....
Very interesting. One really cannot make out which car is involved, the only point sure is that it is a 1935 GM product. By law of averages, it could be a Chevy, but others like Pontiac also had this body style with both front and rear facing suicide doors. Does look rather odd indeed. Only Cadillacs and Buicks had single suicide doors, either in the front or at the rear.
About stepneys, I have made an interesting observation. Many prewar American cars seen in India were fitted with twin stepneys on the mudguards, it is seen abroad on fewer cars. And this applies to all marques.
This vehicle in Travancore also appears to have some coach built elements in it looking at the roofline over the front windshield. I have taken references from the net, compare the following cars:

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Now which car is this? We will only know from another picture or some definite info from some other source.

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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.
The Mercedes is well made, maybe of fibreglass, proportions are not too bad, but it has no collectable value, but will be good for fun and is eye candy

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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.
Foby,

What was the donor car? Was it a Tata Estate?

And one more thing, is'nt there any problem with the RTO? Maybe it doesn't matter bcoz it 'nest's in one of the influential garage. .

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What was the donor car? Was it a Tata Estate?

And one more thing, is'nt there any problem with the RTO? Maybe it doesn't matter bcoz it 'nest's in one of the influential garage. .

Sharon
Sometimes it may matter even if belong to influencial owner
few years ago the only Cadillac limousine in kerala owned by another such category owner was taken to legal troubles for having certain accessories
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A pre50 classic now in Malabar.Dont know the marque!!
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A pre50 classic now in Malabar.Dont know the marque!!
Looks like a Renault Juvaquatre Berline Type BFK4. Maybe 1946-49

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A pre50 classic now in Malabar.Dont know the marque!!
Its a Renault Juvaquatre probably 1945 . A similar car is with a well known retired Trivandrum Medical College Physician . The car belonged to his father but has been gathering dust for many years in local workshop
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The best Austin 7 which i have ever seen, almost all the parts are in placing and they work.
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Its a Renault Juvaquatre probably 1945 . A similar car is with a well known retired Trivandrum Medical College Physician . The car belonged to his father but has been gathering dust for many years in local workshop
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Looks like a Renault Juvaquatre Berline Type BFK4. Maybe 1946-49

Glad we came to the same conclusion. Did not know there was one in Trivandrum!
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The best Austin 7 which i have ever seen, almost all the parts are in placing and they work.
Few of my observations about this magnificent piece of art on wheels.

1:- Lucas King of the road head lamps (Harry Lucas designed a hub lamp for use in a high bicycle in 1879 and named the oil lamp "King of the Road". This name would come to be associated with the manufactured products of Lucas Companies, into the present day. However, Lucas did not use the "King of the Road" epithet for every lamp manufactured. They used this name on only their most prestigious and usually highest priced lamps and goods. This naming format would last until the 1920s when the "King of the Road" wording was pressed into the outer edge of the small "lion and torch" button motifs that frequently decorated the tops of both bicycle and motor-car lamps)

2:- Bowden brakes

3:- Zenith carburetor

4:- Austin foundry marks on head and engine block

5:- Coil (Presto lite)

6:- Working steering controls i.e., the retard and advance for ignition and the yesteryear cruise control

7:- The running board is still having the rubber mat with Austin emblem on it

8:- The gas tank lid hangs on itself on a tiny cable from inside the tank

9:-Storage compartment under the driver seat

10:- Original Joseph Lucas gauges with the Smiths speedometer

11:- suspension 3 spring plates

12:- All wheel nuts are made of copper

13:- original parts number plate on the dash board

14:- 4 speed gear box

15:- original paint

16:- still a running 6Volt car with original wiring and all electrical

17:- Crank start working like a dream

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