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Old 12th May 2013, 21:04   #181
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Some information about the late Actor Prithviraj Kapoor's,Opel Olympia

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Some information about the late Actor Prithviraj Kapoor's,Opel Olympia
When was this article published?

To be honest I think its rather embarassing to display a car in that condition proudly proclaiming it to be the legends personal car. I understand that restoration is a big step, but atleast it can be kept clean, and stored well.
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........ its rather embarassing to display a car in that condition proudly proclaiming it to be the legends personal car. I understand that restoration is a big step, but atleast it can be kept clean, and stored well.
I have seen this car in similar condition in around 1976 when I had gone to visit the site with the contractor as he was to build a building for us. Prithvi Theatre was under construction at that time. I wonder what the condition of that car would be now because it should have rotted away by now unless someone took preservation steps. Restoration may not be too difficult, btw. A similar car has just been restored, it belongs to a fellow t-bhpian. And some parts may be available with the restorer.

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To be honest I think its rather embarassing to display a car in that condition proudly proclaiming it to be the legends personal car. I understand that restoration is a big step, but atleast it can be kept clean, and stored well.
Karl, I am not precisely sure, but this is from the late 1970's or early 1980's.
And this is likely to have been published in a magazine called SUN, which was quite popular then.
I fully endorse your views when you say, the car's condition does not befit the legend.

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I have seen this car in similar condition in around 1976 when I had gone to visit the site with the contractor as he was to build a building for us. Prithvi Theatre was under construction at that time. I wonder what the condition of that car would be now because it should have rotted away by now unless someone took preservation steps. Restoration may not be too difficult, btw. A similar car has just been restored, it belongs to a fellow t-bhpian. And some parts may be available with the restorer.

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Actually, the owners should have some inclination towards restoration. It is likely that they are informed by ill-informed people that the car is too old and cannot be made good again, so let it rot.
The same was the fate of the Ford Model A , (Champion car as the Ganguly Bros called it) which was used in Chalti ka Naam Gaadi.This was parked in Gauri Kunj, Juhu (Kishore Kumar's residence) and I have its picture of the 1980's- will post that soon.
Meanwhile, an Olympia kept running at Nagpur by a CIVAA member.

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Some good memorabilia from the past - many cars are seen parked outside the Elphinstone Picture Palace, Kolkata. Third from left is a Rolls Royce:

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An image of New Market, Calcutta from yester years - note the HM domination

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Is there anyone on this forum with a hydraulic CitroŽn, such as the one in the first photo in this thread? The DS and ID were made from 1955 to 1975, the CX which replaced it from 1974 to 1990 and there was the sublime GS mid-range model with its alloy flat four from 1970 to 1985. The Peugeot cars which followed were heavily compromised, made from all-Peugeot parts.

The DS is increasingly recognised as the finest car ever made. It was usually killed by corrosion, as many post-war cars are - it was designed for dryish, warm France. When rot didn't end their lives prematurely, their toughness and fine engineering came into its own - half a million km was considered to be not a great 'mileage' for them. Its predecessor was the Traction Avant, the first mass-produced car with front wheel drive, chassis-less construction, modern handling with a wheel at each corner and hydraulic brakes on all four wheels. That was quite something in 1934 - and the last few 6-cylinder long wheelbase models had self-levelling gas-over-oil hydraulic suspension for the rear axle.


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Is there anyone on this forum with a hydraulic CitroŽn, such as the one in the first photo in this thread? The DS and ID were made from 1955 to 1975, the CX which replaced it from 1974 to 1990 and there was the sublime GS mid-range model with its alloy flat four from 1970 to 1985. The Peugeot cars which followed were heavily compromised, made from all-Peugeot parts.

The DS is increasingly recognised as the finest car ever made. It was usually killed by corrosion, as many post-war cars are - it was designed for dryish, warm France. When rot didn't end their lives prematurely, their toughness and fine engineering came into its own - half a million km was considered to be not a great 'mileage' for them. Its predecessor was the Traction Avant, the first mass-produced car with front wheel drive, chassis-less construction, modern handling with a wheel at each corner and hydraulic brakes on all four wheels. That was quite something in 1934 - and the last few 6-cylinder long wheelbase models had self-levelling gas-over-oil hydraulic suspension for the rear axle.

There are a handful of DS survivors in India, you can read more about them here.

http://www.dsinasia.com/

Also, for interest

https://www.team-bhp.com/forum/post-...nt-15-6-a.html

https://www.team-bhp.com/forum/vinta...ars-india.html
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I was delighted to read in today's TOI PAGE 8 ( BANGALORE EDITION ) :

"Soon uniform road tax to make vehicles cheaper" - ' Buying big cars would be cheaper soon as the Centre is likely to decide uniform"Lifetime" road tax for cars, taxis and two-wheelers. The state governments have agreed to fix the tax at 6% of the sale price before VAT. '

in my opinion, re-registration and tax charges for vintage cars purchased and transferred from other states into states like Karnataka would reduce wonderfully.
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A news from The Hitavada, Nagpur of 30/05/2013 stating that nearly 100 old cars set off for the Beijing- Paris run, from the suburbs of Beijing . The month long Paris Motor Challenge will see the cars traverse through the Gobi desert, Mongolia to Russian back-roads, Ukraine,Slovakia, Austria, Switzerland and then to France.

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This piece appeared in the Bangalore edition of New Indian Express

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The latest Auto India has articles and pictures from Harit.
  • 20 Great Cars that were in India
  • 20 Great Moments of Indian Motorsports
Thanks Harit for the wonderful pictures. Was surprised that your Lancia did not feature in the Motorsports article considering that very few of the racing cars like your Lancia survived.


Among the great cars, the Marmon and 1932 Chrysler Imperial are spectacular.


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Something spotted in the DNA Jaipur edition.
No more titled, he's writing another book. Looking forward to that with interest. We will all benefit from new snippets

The car pictured is one of two such Thunderbirds in India known to me. I expected that car to show up at that event in February, sadly it did not.

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This appeared in Times of India 14th July.
The content is full of errors, maybe this was used to fill up blank space.

The Bugatti Royal was rare, only 6 built and now some more replica's were created, but the engine was a rail car engine, not aircraft.

The rare Ferrari was the 250 GTO, not the California Spyder of which around 50 were built.

The Dodge Coronet R/T convertible pictured is actually a Chevrolet Camaro, and maybe not a convertible.

Come on Times of India, what's wrong with you guys. Could you not show this to Adil before publishing?

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This appeared in Times of India 14th July.
The content is full of errors, maybe this was used to fill up blank space.

The Bugatti Royal was rare, only 6 built and now some more replica's were created, but the engine was a rail car engine, not aircraft.

The rare Ferrari was the 250 GTO, not the California Spyder of which around 50 were built.

The Dodge Coronet R/T convertible pictured is actually a Chevrolet Camaro, and maybe not a convertible.

Come on Times of India, what's wrong with you guys. Could you not show this to Adil before publishing?

Cheers harit
Complete rubbish and incorrect info in the article
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