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Old 15th June 2012, 22:43   #121
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Some quite interesting facts about Rolls Royces and Bentleys as featured in the July 1988 issue of Indian Auto Journal.

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This news caught my eye in local daily...
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An article has appeared in todays supplement Brand Equity of the Economic Times in Mumbai on Cult Worship. Featuring brands like Harley Davidson, Beetle and Vespa . Nice article but too large to scan . A snap I have taken and uploaded the same for reference

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Some quite interesting facts about Rolls Royces and Bentleys as featured in the July 1988 issue of Indian Auto Journal.
Wonder how much of this is fiction, hearsay, a tale?

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Can you elaborate what about this Ford A?

Reposting Anjan's below for the benefit of all
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Can you elaborate what about this Ford A?
Harit Sir, Donno much what happened there, one gentleman owned this Model A. The car was sold fraudulently to a customer by bunch of cons, forging the owners signature, who was already dead.
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An article about Heralds that had appeared in Auto India of May 1995 !

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(Source Auto India May 1995)

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These are some material from the archives that appeared in the Autocar India supplement in 2007 to commemorate 60 years of cars in India 1947-2007.

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This is the prototype of the first Maruti that failed to pass the tests at VRDE.

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The model range of Fiats made by Premier Automobiles Ltd.

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The model range of Hindustan Motors

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Pictures of the Ambassador, aptly named "The National Car of India."

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Who says Mahindra and Mahindra is going steady with Renault since the past five/ six years? Its an old, old love affair.

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Something about Standard Motors from Autocar India 2007 issue.

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Hi,

This article features in today's Bangalore Mirror.

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This article on krishna motor appeared in today's Hindustan Times.

source :Restoring lost glory of vintage cars - Hindustan Times

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Gyan Sharma, 50, loves cars - in their old-world glory. And he restores these vintage beauties, which he often gets in a dilapidated condition. The task requires the skills of a mechanical engineer and the temperament of an artist. Sharma runs Krishna Motor Garage, perhaps the oldest surviving car garages in New Delhi, and is presently busy restoring a 1936 Fiat Ballila, a 1934 Ford and a 1934 Singer. He will soon begin work on a 1913 Morris Bullnose.
"Most vintage cars I get are nothing but a rusty metal heap on a broken chassis," says Sharma, who learnt the 'art' from his father and grandfather. The process of restoration, he says, can take anything between three months to three years. The vintage car restorer has to first figure out what the vehicle originally looked like. He takes the help of the internet, books, car albums and even original manuals of a car.

Then begins Sharma's global quest for original car parts and components, that may take from months to years. And if certain parts are not available, he fabricates them in his garage, trying to be as faithful to the original as possible.

The restoration, the 50-year-old points out, is step-by-step. And long drawn out: He first repairs the chassis, then the body. The body is then mounted on the chassis. He then finishes the bodywork, paint, interiors and finally comes the wiring of the car and fitting its tyres.

"A true vintage car collector wants the car to be as close to the original as possible. The cars we restore are at least 70-75% close to the original. I have been working on a 1931 Austin for two-and-a-half years. It took me two months just to fabricate its hood frame," says Sharma, whose grandfather set up the garage in 1938. He now runs the garage with his younger brother Prem, 47, and his son Avesh, 24, an automobile engineer.

The restoration of a vintage car, he says, can cost anything between Rs. 2 lakh to Rs. 10 lakh, depending on its condition and the originality sought by the owner. Sharma says while it is easy to get parts of American and British cars, those of Italian cars such as Alfa Romeo and Fiat Lancia are difficult to get.

"Thankfully, these days vintage car clubs around the world are a big help in procuring all necessary information and parts of a particular make and model. In fact, one can even find where and when the car was built, which year it was shipped to India, and to whom. But in many cases, I have had to fabricate several crucial engine and body parts including the housing, radiator, the braking system and radiator grill, among others," says the car restorer.

Recounting the 1930s when his grandfather opened the garage, he says there were hardly 100 cars in the city and his grandfather's clients were mostly the royals, businessman from the Walled City and civil servants. These days, Sharma says, he gets three kinds of customers: those who buy vintage cars just to show them off, those who have money and see vintage cars as an investment option, and then there are the true, passionate collectors.

"Interestingly, many who come to my garage with a vintage car tell me that it belonged to their grandfather, though they may have bought it from a junk dealer. Of late, many young professionals and businessman have started collecting vintage vehicles and they mostly look for exclusive cars such as Pierce-Arrow, Daimler, Minerva and Stutz," says Sharma.

He also says that Delhi has the highest number of vintage cars in the country. The city, along with Jaipur, is also a hub of vintage car restoration. According to him, most collectors procure vintage cars from small towns in UP and Bihar, where many lie abandoned, at times half-buried under the ground, for decades in the old havelis of zamindars.

"A few years ago, a vintage car was found in the garage of a Karol Bagh house by its new owner. The car had been lying there for close to 40 years. In fact, several such cars are still stuck in the Walled City since access to them has been blocked by new constructions inside houses and lanes," he says.

Sharma, who restores two to eight cars in a year, believes these old cars are 'magnificent artworks' crafted in metal. "They look so feline with their smooth flowing bodies. Every car stands out for its design, unlike present-day cars all of which look the same," he says. The owner of eight vintage cars, Sharma regularly participates in vintage car rallies. "But I am a restorer first. Nothing makes me happier when these beauties, restored in my garage, are ready to hit the road again," he says.
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An old article of Indian Auto - April 1987 covering the Vintage car rally of that year. Indian Auto was sold for Rs 8.00 Only . Mr Bhogilal is on the cover with the magnificent Bentley 8 !

The last page has the results and very interestingly a mention of concours at that time. Any one has pics of a 1959 Bentley which is mentioned of B.Reporter


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Very nice scans. In the list, herbertsons & phipsons are all VJM cars.


[quote=kasli;2869305]An old article of Indian Auto - April 1987 covering the Vintage car rally of that year. Indian Auto was sold for Rs 8.00 Only . Mr Bhogilal is on the cover with the magnificent Bentley 8 !

The last page has the results and very interestingly a mention of concours at that time. Any one has pics of a 1959 Bentley which is mentioned of B.Reporter


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An old article of Indian Auto - April 1987 covering the Vintage car rally of that year. Indian Auto was sold for Rs 8.00 Only .
Kasli,
That mag is in great condition. I have a copy of the Inaugural issue of IAJ, Sept 86' but I haven't manage to keep it in a good condition as this.
Love Mr. Bhogilal's pose on the cover. Arent there more photos of the rally inside that could be shared.
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A news item from Feb 2000 (Times of India)

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An article about Heralds that had appeared in Auto India of May 1995 !
Interesting...if only my car was available to be featured in this article, as it was for their more recent one on Heralds!

I think the blue 'Triumphed' Herald featured here was owned by our Gogi (V-16) at one point. He did say he had a highly modified one with a Triumph Vitesse bonnet and was a metallic blue colour.

Also this isnt as comprehensive as their recent one as far as Indian (Standard) Heralds are concerned...in fact there is no mention of them in this!
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