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Old 7th March 2012, 17:14   #16
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French Motors had a branch in Mumbai at Kemps Corner. At the time of going bankrupt, they were dealers for Hindustan Motors.....Cheers harit
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Shocking to know that this was yet another car and company that was nipped by the 'giant' HM,...
This was discussed on the forum before. Big Bully HM.

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Finally HM was paid back by their own coin....
Exactly, and don"t forget Premier, maybe they were not monopolistic in stopping others, but bad service and bad quality.

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French Motor Car had a Bombay branch also, and were dealers/agents/service agents for many European car companies. So was Dewars Garage in Calcutta in those days.
See 1st wuote above about French Motors in Mumbai. They were exactly at the place where Crosswords is today.

Does anyone know who were the Bentley agents?

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This was discussed on the forum before. Big Bully HM.



Exactly, and don"t forget Premier, maybe they were not monopolistic in stopping others, but bad service and bad quality.



See 1st wuote above about French Motors in Mumbai. They were exactly at the place where Crosswords is today.

Does anyone know who were the Bentley agents?

Cheers harit
I am aware Harit, Our Ambassadors used to come from them, and their service centre/garage was in the lane next to Century Bazaar at Prabhadevi. In the last 20 years before they closed down, it was owned by the Morarka's.
There used to be a big service centre in Pan gully, whose was that?
http://www.livenewsindia.com/auto-in...-indian-depot/ -Maybe good GK

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.......... There used to be a big service centre in Pan gully, whose was that? Rolls-Royce’s Indian depot - Live News India -Maybe good GK
That was probably the rear entrance to the same premises. I could not open the link and will try tomorrow.

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This is a great thread, and I shall contribute some dealer badges in the course of time. From the top of my head, Poona had "Joshi Garage" for Standard Motors and The Ram Agency for Premier (and maybe Lambretta as well). More in detail later.
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This is a great thread, and I shall contribute some dealer badges in the course of time. From the top of my head, Poona had "Joshi Garage" for Standard Motors and The Ram Agency for Premier (and maybe Lambretta as well). More in detail later.
Add J Williams, on East Street, to that for HM products. There were TVS dealers off Law College Rd, probably Bhandarkar Road (the name is on the tip of my tongue but just eluding me - got my TVS50 from there). Got my Lamby from Ram Agency on Tilak Rd, and dad's Standard 2000 from Joshi - I think our Vanguard was also sold by them. The plethora of new ones like Sai, BUB etc. are inconsequential for me, am just trying to get the names of the really old ones. One of these days, I'll probably just cancel all my travelling, and sit down with the few seniors left - one just left yesterday at 93!; he had bought his Humber Super Snipe in Poona in the 50s, unless it was purchased in Bombay, so I'll ask my aunt or cousin -maybe lay my hands on some pics too.
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Add J Williams, on East Street, to that for HM products.
Oh yes of course - its still functional.

There was Sarosh Motors in Ahmednagar for HM too I think - its still operational.

Here is a Metro Motors badge on Bulldogji's Buick. I have seen a similar badge on a Cadillac as well.

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Here is a dealer badge from a Landmaster. It reads Bagai (?) Motor Service New Delhi. Ring a bell? My Fiat I think was delivered by Prem Nath motors in Delhi.

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The Provincial Automobile Company delivered anjan's Landmaster.

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Bombay Cycle was a household name for decades for Fiatwallas.

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This Fiat was delivered new in Calcutta by 'Auto Distributors Ltd'.

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An Austin at a Hyderabad rally in 2005 - supplied by Prabhakar & Company. Pic courtesy Stanher

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Seeing the pics. of the Dealers' badges, just remembered a couple I have- anyone from Madras know if the South Indian Motor Co. is still around? Seen this on a '30s-ish Austin.

Also the Union Motor Co., Madras, main dealers for Standard- fitted on a junking early Vanguard (scrapped thereafter I reckon)
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A nice booklet chronicling 75 years of BCMA can be seen here

https://www.team-bhp.com/forum/vinta...ml#post2769712
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Some more dealership Tags

The First one was on a Buick Super 1947 - Car Mart, Bombay. Second one on a Dodge 1954 - Bombay Cycle and Motor Agency and the third one was on a 1956 Studebaker - Sanghi Motors, Mumbai.

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Love the Buick dash pic with the cobwebs and all
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From this Rolls Royce service booklet (probably dating to the 1960s) we can see their representatives in India active even much after most of the cars stopped coming in. Their presence was widespread - multiple outlets in Delhi, Bombay and Calcutta.

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and the third one was on a 1956 Studebaker - Sanghi Motors, Mumbai.

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Interesting Kasli. And I thought they only sold Ambys. So many things we don't know about the past. I read recently on the Mewar site, that Seth Shri Motilal Sanghi sold RR GLK 21 to the Maharana of Udaipur for Rs 5,721 . I wonder if there are some old photos with the Sanghi's and if they'd share.
Do you have anymore pics of the Sanghi Tag?
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Interesting Kasli. And I thought they only sold Ambys. So many things we don't know about the past. I read recently on the Mewar site, that Seth Shri Motilal Sanghi sold RR GLK 21 to the Maharana of Udaipur for Rs 5,721 . I wonder if there are some old photos with the Sanghi's and if they'd share.
Do you have anymore pics of the Sanghi Tag?
Sanghi also sold Chevrolet and Hanseat Tempo's in the 1950's, there is a relevant picture on their site.

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Re Dadajee Dhackjee and Rolls Royces , in 1946 a prominent Parsi gentleman bought a rolls from them. In 1954, he wanted to sell it and approached them to help find a buyer. They wrote back politely stating that there was no market for a second hand Rolls and therefore regretfully, they would not be in a position to help. As fate decided, the owner kept the car , used it now and again, and eventually passed it on to me, with this correspondence. Harit, Allied motors in Delhi were Bentley agents. They still have some paper work from those days. If you have any way of contacting the Talwar family, they used to have lots of pictures , prints etc.In fact till the seventies, they still used to service/repair Bentleys. One of the Nabha Bentleys, a lovely two door sports, was with them for years for repairs. That car , lying in the Scindia house workshop at connaught place one day vanished, and surfaced with Mr Chaudhary in Calcutta.Interestingly, the Nabha sisters insist that they never sold the car.

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Yes Harit
Cheverolet I remember, since you've mentioned about this photo of the Hughes Rd. I think they recently sold Merceded Benz over there before selling off the place. Didn't know about Hanseat. Was the workshop at Prabhadevi?
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Sanghi also sold Chevrolet and Hanseat Tempo's in the 1950's, there is a relevant picture on their site.

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