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Old 18th May 2005, 20:19   #1
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Hey guys,
I was passing through Delhi and had a chance to visit this fantastic private museum owned by Diljeet Titus.

It was truly awesome. All the cars are really really clean, not a spot of dust on any of them, and they were kept in perfect working condition by 2 mechanics who stay there the whole day, cleaning and taking care of them.


With an entrance looking like that how can you not get excited eh?

The problem was, there is not much space to take proper pics because the cars are really close together, and there are many cars!! And the floodlights made the pics really blurred, so Im sorry all the pics didnt come out well. I am omitting quite a few pics because of that.

MINERVA TYPE AL

Well, the star among the cars was obviously the Minerva.


Around 33 Minerva Type AL's were originally made, and today, only 9 survive and this Dark-blue beauty is one of them. She is simply ENORMOUS, occupying a massive floor area. Her interiors are trimmed in a lighter shade of blue, and the rearmost canvas top comes off to give the royal occupants a windy ride.
The bonnet was popped open to reveal the largest engine I have ever seen in my life, a HUGE straight 8 which probably has its own postal code.





I will never forget this pic:


Engine pic and a few other blurred pics on request.

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Christ that is a amazing collection.
GD Naidu charities in coimbatore also has a pretty good collection but not cars alone. There are a few lorries, cars, motors, pens and a hell a lot of other stuff. Rumor has it that there is one very very rare gold plated rolls in the garage.

BTW is that you in the picture?
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Cadillac Coupe De Ville 1952:

This car was simply classy. The paint suited it so well and its 5.2 litre V8 looked brilliant too. It produces 190 hp and was once the most powerful car in America.



Just LOOK AT THAT ENGINE!!!!!!!




Buick 90L 1935
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This was my personal favourite of the lot. It is the defenition of style. I cant say no more, I want to do my exams well just so that I can get a good job and buy a car like this!!!



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Buick Super Eight 1949:

Oh man, this car was so Awesome. It was pure American Chintz, when American design was rising towards its peak in the fifties and early sixties. It seems the Super models had three portholes on their fenders while the more well-known Roadmaster cars had four.






THE IMPALAS
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Both were excellent and had the Chevy V8's I'd been waiting so long to see. But the Orange one was not in a very photogenic position ( I dont know any other word for it sorry!!). The red one though was. I did get a picture of that V8 in the Orange one though.








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I'll post the rest of the report shortly, Ill just go have a bite to eat and be back.................
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Chevy Bel Air, 1957:

This was an absolute corker of a car. It boasts a 4500cc V8 engine producing 165 bhp and man, does that paint job look cool!!




OK guys Ive got pics of the other cars too, Ive only covered the best cars in my report. More pics on REQUEST.

OTHER CARS:
Haflinger ( Austrian military vehicle)
Mercedes 220
Austin A40 Devon, 2 of them actually
Ford Woody
Buick Series 40
Dodge Limousine

It was a brilliant experience, and I recommend a visit to anybody, not just car enthusiasts, and for car enthusiasts, it is more than a must. Trust me, this place is paradise.

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great pictures islero
damn good man.
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Superb there Islero.. i am just speechless.. as once said some guys have all the luck
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BTW is that you in the picture?
Yeah, that does happen to be yours truly
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Nice pics there buddy. I was there at the innaugaration of the museum last year. Its truly a car enthusiasts haven. You can just sit around and look at the cars and chill its so much fun.
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hey cool pics islero. i guess the Caddy CDV was a limited edition with gold emblems. Remember reading it in one of the issues of Auto India. I guess CPO 11 was the same car featured and was restored by Manvendra Singh.
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Holy Cow! Those are masterpieces...but more so, good to see that they are maintained like they deserve to be. I wasnt aware that a place booming with so much dedication to classic automobiles existed in India.

Hats off Diljeet,

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Amazing pictures islero. I had seen this place on TV some time back. The guy has really kept is cars with a lot of love and care. Thats what these beauties require essentially.

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Thanks guys, I am myself hoping more people start doing similar stuff, to remind the public and car enthusiasts that yes, India did once have a brilliant car heritage.

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Simply priceless! Can't think of what else to say. Awesome collection!
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