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Old 24th June 2015, 18:26   #1276
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This is an eighties car and have no place in this thread which is for vintage and classic cars.if things go like this tomorrow zen carbon and zen classic will also be posted in this thread
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The Secretariat, Trivandrum 1957 - with some familiar faces.
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A rare "Cochin State" picture.

Lord Linlithgow visit, October 1943
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A rare "Cochin State" picture.

Lord Linlithgow visit, October 1943
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Lord Linlithgow, the then Viceroy of India and Lady Linlithgow alighting from a Douglas DC-3 plane at the Wellingdon Island airport, Cochin, circa 1940.

Dakotas (the name given by the British to this American plane) served Cochin.

According to Abraham Tharakan, 'Those days we had the Great South Indian Milk Run, if one could call it that – a hopping flight, Madras – Madurai – Trivandrum – Cochin – Coimbatore – Bangalore – Madras. That is perhaps the maximum take-offs and landings a pilot was permitted to do at one stretch of duty.

Then there was the Bombay flight. After one and a half hours of flying from Cochin – cruising speed about 170 mph – it would land at Mangalore. Half an hour there and then on to Belgaum which had a camp-shed terminal - another one and half hours flight. Stop over of half hour again. Then the final lap to Bombay – one and a half hours more!

Later on, with Fokker and then Avro, the journey used to take three hours twenty minutes, perhaps the longest non-stop flight in India.

The Bombay flights on the Dakota during the Monsoon seasons were sometimes gut-racking. The aircraft would get thrown around all over the place. Because the cabins of these planes were not pressurized, the cruising altitude for passenger operation, I think, was 7000-9000 feet (against the service ceiling of 24,000 feet). And that appeared to be the favorite level for turbulence.
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2 different vehicles with interesting plates
picture taken from FB page- v&c of travancore
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Saw this car today morning at a Petrol pump near Avoly, Muvattupuzha. Is it really a genuine vintage car?
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Few cars I spotted in Muvattupuzha: Morris's, A Fiat 1100D:
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Saw this car today morning at a Petrol pump near Avoly, Muvattupuzha. Is it really a genuine vintage car?
That's built on a gypsy
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This is a 1964 chevrolet 8cylinder(RHD) originally from Trivandrum(KLT)
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I guess it is a Chevy Impala with a V8 engine . These cars were imported back in the 70s and were favorites of big shots back in the day. Another import that came to our shores in large numbers were the Pontiacs of that era.
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I guess it is a Chevy Impala with a V8 engine . These cars were imported back in the 70s and were favorites of big shots back in the day. Another import that came to our shores in large numbers were the Pontiacs of that era.
this car was registered before 1969 as KLT series ended in 1969.
But is this a biscayne or impala?
Many impalas imported in the 70's were LHD if my info is correct
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My gut instinct says it's an impala. Biscayne and Bel Air were not exported in great numbers. I think GM made export models of the impala for commonwealth countries so it must be an impala. I have seen LHD impalas and even the Pontiacs I mentioned were all LHD so this one should be an export model Impala.

I still see an old Toyota Cressida here in kochi which is LHD and the owner uses it as his everyday car. LHD cars were quite common back in those days as most luxury cars were imported.
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There were quite a few biscaynes(all RHD) in India.KSEB had 3 estate versions of the Chevrolet Biscayne.Unfortunately all were scrapped about 10 years back
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There were quite a few biscaynes(all RHD) in India.KSEB had 3 estate versions of the Chevrolet Biscayne.Unfortunately all were scrapped about 10 years back
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All the KSEB Biscayne came as part of the Idukki Hydroelectric Power Project - which was Canadian funded - and hence the RHD Biscayne which were made in Canada.

We know of at least 2 still in TVM don't we ? Is your pictured one from Kowdiar area ?

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