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Old 19th September 2011, 18:12   #1876
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Here is a nostalgic Madras picture (Egmore). This seems to have been one of the first electric, automatic traffic lights installed in S.India per Hindu. Picture is dated September 1953.

We had a very similar Chevrolet Styleline, 1950 (KLT-501, sold in Chennai mid to late 1980's).

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That car looks liek a Fiat from the Twenties !
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Wasif bhai its a 1930's FIAT 514 Tourer, currently owned by mom's cousin.
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Can you post some new and clearer pictures of this Fiat. I think I have seen thsi car in Hyderabad.

Which part of Hyderabad is it kept in ?
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The FIAT was parked in Begumpet, but now has been moved to Kondapur, presently inherited by my mom's cousin Nigel Yar Khan...its been a while since it last participated in an event. I've clearer pics of the car which i'll soon post.

Any guesses about the type of Fiat in the B&W photo. FYI! Its parked in a an old mansion called Manaaq-e-Osman, which housed the Sultan-ul-uloom school later (now United Avenue) near Bugumpet flyover. This was on the other side of the road, opposite country club. Cheers!
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I had seen thsi car in the old location....I will look up the model and get abck to you soon. Its a 4 cylinder engine right ?
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Harit. The 39 Buick in Hyderabad, the ex laiq Ali Buick was a Century and there were very few of those made with a sun roof, what is refered to as turet top. I am not sure if the sun roof was considered rare on the 39 Supers, will find out and get back to you. Is your 39 Buick a convertible ?
I thought any 1939 Buick with a sunroof was unusual. Mine is a Limo, 7-seater. I am the second owner in the book apart from some transfers within family of first owner.

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The sedan Fiat is a 1926/1927 model, would have also been a 4 cylinder car, probably a 507.

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The first one is the Moore Market which is on the right side of the Chennai Central station and the lettering says Moore Angaadi in tamil. This building was destroyed in a fire in mid 80s. The second picture is the headquarters of the Southern Railway which is again located to the LHS of the station.
Thanks for the identification. So it seems many photos are from Chennai where I have a certain fan-following

This is a bus, must be from the Royal Institute of Science, at Kala Ghoda. The word Royal has been dropped from the name after the British left India.
And the scooter side view.

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Harit ...yes all 39 Turret Tops are rare cars today. What model is yours, Century, Special or Roadmaster ? Can you sendme a picture if possible
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The first snap is a Fiat and the second car is looking like an oakland that I had seen as a chassis only in Hyd and body missing but similar wheels . Can be wrong and stand corrected. SHall dig that snap and upload it soon

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Hi Kasli,

Both are Fiats, the color pic one tht featured on TV is the 1930s 514model but the black and white model of FIAT is still not clear. Cheers!
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I thought any 1939 Buick with a sunroof was unusual.
I too have heard that this makes the car rare. A sunroof in those years would be very unusual
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The first snap is a Fiat and the second car is looking like an oakland that I had seen as a chassis only in Hyd and body missing but similar wheels . Can be wrong and stand corrected. SHall dig that snap and upload it soon

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Kasli...I think both cars are Fiats...probably the same car with the rims changed adn teh grille guard attached.

The Oakland you saw in Hyderabad was a superb 1919 model that unfortunately fell in the wrong hands..car was opened up for restoration and keep mooving from place to place and most of its parts were lost.

I had is nose piece with me for a long time. It had curiously angled quarter eliptical leaf springs at all four ends.
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Kasli...I think both cars are Fiats...probably the same car with the rims changed adn teh grille guard attached.

The Oakland you saw in Hyderabad was a superb 1919 model that unfortunately fell in the wrong hands..car was opened up for restoration and keep mooving from place to place and most of its parts were lost.

I had is nose piece with me for a long time. It had curiously angled quarter eliptical leaf springs at all four ends.
No, the two fiats are not the same...I am told the old one was sold in the twenties and the present 514 Tourer was acquired in the 1930s...

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Dear Harit

The pictures in #1864 are both from Madras

The first one is of Moore Market which was a great place to pick up old
comics, second hand books, toys and antiques during the 60s and 70s. It was
built by the British and burned down in 1986 (deliberately or accidently
no one knows) and now in its place your have the Railway Booking
complex. Moore Market was a great place to visit during Christmas Eve
to buy chinese paper lanterns.

The other picture is the Souther Railway Head quarters and it is
adjacent to the Madras Central Station.

Regards - Ariel Guy
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