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Old 14th March 2009, 20:27   #1
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Default Calcutta-Collector/Restorer-Gautam Mukherjee

Haven't had a chance to get to know Gautam well and visit his works, however he is tall, slim, wears white with a nice straw hat and reminds me of some of the southern gentlemen in "Gone with the Wind".

His cars are meticulously restored and maintained and he is also a major trophy winner at The Statesman Rally.

Here are the cars he had at the Tolly Car Show.
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Some more Cars at the Tolly.
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Nice and impeccable upkeep by the owner.John I believe he owned a gleaming 1951/52 black Dodge Kingsway (or was it a DeSoto ?)
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Wow....Mr.John,
Thanks a lot for introducing such a wonderful Collectors/Restorers from Kolkata.
I am sure that you have plenty more in Kolkata.

Looking forward to see more cars and bikes.

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Thanks for sharing John, what I like about GM's cars is that they are understated mostly, and not over-restored. What's your email id again, please? And about the other guys - C/R, R/C, whatever, is it just a coincidence or is 'Billy' really that popular a name for the next generation?!! Cheers, Prabal
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Thanks for sharing John, what I like about GM's cars is that they are understated mostly, and not over-restored. What's your email id again, please? And about the other guys - C/R, R/C, whatever, is it just a coincidence or is 'Billy' really that popular a name for the next generation?!! Cheers, Prabal
Prabal,
I also appreciate GM's "less is more" when restoring his cars and I do love his brass rad cap "lady".

So many cars are loaded down with bogus club badges or spot lights big and small. I keep encouraging the collectors not to overly embellish, and some are beginning to listen. Most of the collectors are just having fun and playing with their toys, but some of the professed serious collectors should know better.

Email is - jcmilne@rogers.com

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I met Gautam Mukherjee at the Auto Expo 2009 held in Salt Lake Stadium Grounds, Kolkata. His entire collection was on display there (as were 4 cars of Mr. Sanjoy Ghosh). GM seemed a very nice, down to earth Gentleman with a pleasant demeanour.

Besides the cars photographed here, he also owns an Austin 8 convertible and an Austin 10 saloon. I'm no expert, but the Austin 8 seemed like a 1939 model. The 10 seemed like a 1938 "Cambridge" saloon.

I'll be putting up the pics in a day or 2. Request the experts to correct me if I'm wrong.

GM had put up the Baby Austin (first pic in the thread) and the Austin 8 convertible for sale. The latter was for 7 lakhs. Didnt ask for the price of the Baby Austin.
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I met Gautam Mukherjee at the Auto Expo 2009 held in Salt Lake Stadium Grounds, Kolkata. His entire collection was on display there (as were 4 cars of Mr. Sanjoy Ghosh). GM seemed a very nice, down to earth Gentleman with a pleasant demeanour.
That he is!

I understand that his sons don't have the same passion as he has and when you get older sometimes "less is more", so I think he is putting some of his "kids' up for adoption.
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I had a chance meeting with Gautam at Shashi Kanorias works today and will be visiting his works and see his 7 cars and will be posting lots more photos.

I spoke to him about the history of his "naked lady" on his Austin 7. He said he had purchased it years ago for a few rupees from an antique shop and it had been a door handle for something! He changed the mounting to become a delightful radiator mascot. He has two magnificent Rovers, and I find their emblem one of the finest to found on any car.

One of my comments to most of the collectors is that they tend to overly embellish their cars will a kinds of "club badges". In this case I think it is a hoot!
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As promised, the following pics are (part of?) Gautam Mukherjee's collection displayed at the Kolkata Auto Expo 2009. Excuse the quality, as these were taken on a friend's camera phone.
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My memory says that about 6 years ago Mr. Gautam Mukherjee had a website featuring his cars. Can someone check with him if this was indeed the case? That time he may have also had an American car or two.
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As promised, the following pics are (part of?) Gautam Mukherjee's collection displayed at the Kolkata Auto Expo 2009. Excuse the quality, as these were taken on a friend's camera phone.
Can someone decipher the regn (K 4068) on that green Austin Seven?
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I had hoped to be able to visit Gautam before I leave and not sure that I will be able to.

Here is his email address if anyone wants to contact him - merllnmigfin@rediffmail.com

I am sure he will be pleased to hear from anyone
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In the latest issue of Auto India a lot of these cars are offered for sale. Prices not mentioned.
Have a look.

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As promised, the following pics are (part of?) Gautam Mukherjee's collection displayed at the Kolkata Auto Expo 2009. Excuse the quality, as these were taken on a friend's camera phone.

Hi,

The Light Blue Austin is a 1937 Austin Cambridge 10/4. It is not owned by Mr. Mukherjee. That car belongs to me.

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