Go Back   Team-BHP > BHP India > Vintage Cars & Classics in India


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 23rd August 2014, 14:58   #3166
Distinguished - BHPian
 
Stanher's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Hyderabad, AP
Posts: 6,195
Thanked: 1,309 Times
Default Re: Nostalgic automotive pictures including our family's cars

Quote:
Originally Posted by schakravarthy View Post
Found this pic while sifting through an old family album.
Nice pic.! Any idea where? Seems to be out of India.
Stanher is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 23rd August 2014, 15:02   #3167
Senior - BHPian
 
schakravarthy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: KA 09 / KA 02
Posts: 1,116
Thanked: 3,014 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Stanher View Post
Nice pic.! Any idea where? Seems to be out of India.
If it isn't in India, then it must be somewhere in Zanzibar.
Btw, any idea on the make of the car?
schakravarthy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 23rd August 2014, 15:21   #3168
Distinguished - BHPian
 
Stanher's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Hyderabad, AP
Posts: 6,195
Thanked: 1,309 Times
Default Re: Nostalgic automotive pictures including our family's cars

Quote:
Originally Posted by schakravarthy View Post
Btw, any idea on the make of the car?
tis a 1955-56 Ford Prefect 100E:

http://www.motorbase.com/uploads/200...1229336670.jpg
Stanher is online now   (2) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 24th August 2014, 17:27   #3169
BHPian
 
KartikeyaL's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Jaipur
Posts: 753
Thanked: 2,205 Times
Default

Name:  ImageUploadedByTeamBHP1408881338.046380.jpg
Views: 772
Size:  164.0 KB

Name:  ImageUploadedByTeamBHP1408881352.209159.jpg
Views: 746
Size:  244.4 KB

Name:  ImageUploadedByTeamBHP1408881368.616782.jpg
Views: 770
Size:  240.5 KB

Name:  ImageUploadedByTeamBHP1408881381.356793.jpg
Views: 765
Size:  258.0 KB

Name:  ImageUploadedByTeamBHP1408881394.585689.jpg
Views: 753
Size:  294.3 KB

These fabulous Photograph are from Madras and are Curated by D. Krishnan and were found here

http://www.frontline.in/cover-story/...cle6331271.ece



I am particularly thrilled to see the picture where what seems like a steam car/engine can be seen outside spencer and co. Ltd and also the one with shell fuel station, Spencer and co I believe is the same place where the spencer plaza is now , amazing to see so many pick-ups in one place.

Last edited by moralfibre : 25th August 2014 at 11:12. Reason: Reformatting post.
KartikeyaL is offline   (8) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 25th August 2014, 16:36   #3170
BHPian
 
Shwetank's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Allahabad
Posts: 85
Thanked: 233 Times
Default Re: Nostalgic automotive pictures including our family's cars

That's our 1973 Ambassador Mark II.

Name:  IMG_5520.JPG
Views: 866
Size:  109.6 KB

Note the cat's eye reflectors fitted on the fenders. The dash on the vehicle was replaced with a 'Maharaja' dashboard, one of the few accessories available then. Around 1982, a Clarion PE-54 stereo system was also fitted to the car when auto reverse was THE thing.
A decent drive, but my Dad says it was never as smooth as the other 1964 model he had.
Shwetank is offline   (7) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 25th August 2014, 16:46   #3171
Team-BHP Support
 
karlosdeville's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Pune
Posts: 9,323
Thanked: 5,986 Times
Default Re: Nostalgic automotive pictures including our family's cars

Quote:
Originally Posted by Shwetank View Post
Note the cat's eye reflectors fitted on the fenders.
I remember these well. They used to be so popular, but now not seen. I last saw them on these 2 cars, both have since removed them. I wish I could get a piece just for keep sake.

Name:  fiat.JPG
Views: 797
Size:  77.9 KB

Name:  olds.jpg
Views: 833
Size:  111.6 KB

Quote:
Originally Posted by Shwetank View Post
The dash on the vehicle was replaced with a 'Maharaja' dashboard, one of the few accessories available then.
What is a Maharaja dashboard?
karlosdeville is offline   (4) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 25th August 2014, 17:17   #3172
BHPian
 
Shwetank's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Allahabad
Posts: 85
Thanked: 233 Times
Default Re: Nostalgic automotive pictures including our family's cars

Quote:
Originally Posted by karlosdeville View Post
What is a Maharaja dashboard?
It used to be a fibre dash (like on the Standard Herald) with provision for 4 + 1 meters (factory fitment was speedo + temp + fuel) and the instrument console in front of the driver (and not in the centre). There used to be a sliding glass holder, a spring loaded lockable glove box lid, a map light, coin holder, provision for a radio set and some other add-ons. I'm told that the vehicle was sold with the original dash, so I might just be able to locate the 'Maharaja' and post pictures here.

Incidentally, this car came with a Mowog block and not an HM block (don't know how). My dad had switched to SU carburetor too for better performance (manifold, air cleaner, et al).
Shwetank is offline   (2) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 25th August 2014, 17:45   #3173
Distinguished - BHPian
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: MUMBAI
Posts: 3,059
Thanked: 4,384 Times
Default Re: Nostalgic automotive pictures including our family's cars

Quote:
Originally Posted by karlosdeville View Post
What is a Maharaja Dashboard?
Dear Karl - well, here is the information on "Maharaja Dashboard". .

This was an FRP moulded instrument panel, made in in black color with etched finish which was made locally in Mumbai and mainly sold in shops at Avantikabai Gokhale Marg in Opera House. The most popular shop was known as "Anand Traders". Maharaja dashboards existed for Premier Padmini and Ambassador cars. There was one garage called "Speedex", which was located in a compound diagonally opposite Bombay Central station. This garage specialized in fitting maharaja dashboards. The original instrument cluster hood was removed and the cluster was fitted inside the maharaja dashboard. The whole thing was then fitted in the car. It had cubbyhole spaces for two round meters, also some space for a rudimentary stereo system.

Speedex Garage had one Premier Padmini Special car in green color with white top permanently parked inside the BCMA showroom in Opera House. This car was fitted with all sorts of accessories, including the maharaja dashboard, the fishtail reflectors, the so-called "single piece top" in black color, the original Sipea Antifurto steering lock and chrome plated plastic wheel caps projecting out of the wheel rims with 5 scooped out type indentations painted black with chrome wheel rim covers, held by a single clamp! The registration number of this car was MRJ 555. The number plate was also the "fancy" type! It had thin whitewall Ceat tires. The whole thing was considered "cool", going by the needs of that time.

Maybe, one of these days I'll give information on good old BCMA / Starline Motors / Maha Auto, the three PAL dealers in Mumbai at that time!

Best regards,

Behram Dhabhar
DHABHAR.BEHRAM is offline   (3) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 26th August 2014, 04:26   #3174
BHPian
 
aneezan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 399
Thanked: 174 Times
Default Re: Nostalgic automotive pictures including our family's cars

A 1989 pic of us with our Chocolate Brown Nissan Sunny. This was given to Dad by his boss, when we moved to Kampala, Uganda. I loved the car, primarily because it was our first.
The white one on the right is probably a Datsun. It was a pick-up truck.

In the pic: My brother with Dad and me with mom. Dad's colleagues and friends as well. All on a trip to a game reserve.

Nostalgic automotive pictures including our family's cars-sunny.jpg
aneezan is offline   (4) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 27th August 2014, 20:51   #3175
Distinguished - BHPian
 
Stanher's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Hyderabad, AP
Posts: 6,195
Thanked: 1,309 Times
Default Re: Nostalgic automotive pictures including our family's cars

Quote:
Originally Posted by Shwetank View Post
It used to be a fibre dash (like on the Standard Herald)
Well, Herald never came with a fibre dash!
The very first models came with a pressed cardboard one and a couple of years later on, with a flat wood veneer on plywood one.
The Gazel did come with a fibreglass dash though.
Stanher is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 28th August 2014, 01:41   #3176
BHPian
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 73
Thanked: 31 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by shyml View Post
Austin PBR7064 that my parents had in 1957-59, model and year unknown. Shown here with my mother and also in the background with my father ( tall man extreme left)in Montgomery and Bahawalpur. Cars were difficult to get in those days. My father then bought a Ford Prefect and found it too small, was then given another permit for the purchase of a BMW 1600 two door LHD, which he did not want. He finally settled on a 1960 Ford Consul 1700 cc imported from England with East Pakistan plates EBH6 but never went to then East Pakistan. He sold it in 1984, having given faultless service.
PBR 7064 is undoubtedly an Austin A70 identified by the three horizontal bars that run across the front of the car just above the front bumper. The somerset had two split windows but with vertical bars.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Stanher View Post
Found this pic. of a Triumph and another bike I couldnt identify (also a Triumph, if that's what the badge says? Maybe older model?)

Pic. found in this website:

http://www.bharat-rakshak.com/IAF/Hi...0s/SR-FIS.html

Attachment 1235493
The other bike is a Horizontally Opposed Twin BMW.

Last edited by moralfibre : 28th October 2014 at 09:10. Reason: Back to back posts.
Karadi is offline   (2) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 30th August 2014, 13:51   #3177
Senior - BHPian
 
wasif's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Abu Dhabi (for now)
Posts: 2,927
Thanked: 332 Times
Default Re: Nostalgic automotive pictures including our family's cars

This is a very old family picture of my great grand uncle out hunting. His name was Sirajuddin Ahmed and he was the son of Khutbuddin Ahmed who was also a great hunter and had written a book on hunting, people familiar with hunting and Hyderabad History will recognize the names.

Any idea what car they are sitting on ?
Attached Thumbnails
Nostalgic automotive pictures including our family's cars-10571955_755319237848376_7595351282694307190_o.jpg  

wasif is offline   (6) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 30th August 2014, 14:27   #3178
BHPian
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: ahmedabad
Posts: 109
Thanked: 60 Times
Default Re: Nostalgic automotive pictures including our family's cars

Quote:
Originally Posted by karlosdeville View Post
I remember these well. They used to be so popular, but now not seen. I last saw them on these 2 cars, both have since removed them. I wish I could get a piece just for keep sake.

Attachment 1278172

Attachment 1278173



What is a Maharaja dashboard?
Lovely- very original 1948 Oldsmobile
Subodh Nath is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 30th August 2014, 15:00   #3179
Team-BHP Support
 
karlosdeville's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Pune
Posts: 9,323
Thanked: 5,986 Times
Default Re: Nostalgic automotive pictures including our family's cars

Quote:
Originally Posted by wasif View Post
Any idea what car they are sitting on ?
The car should probably be a late 1910s/early 1920s mid sized Fiat, maybe 501.

On second thought the wheels do look American...
karlosdeville is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 30th August 2014, 17:54   #3180
Distinguished - BHPian
 
harit's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Mumbai
Posts: 3,898
Thanked: 2,436 Times
Default Re: Nostalgic automotive pictures including our family's cars

Quote:
Originally Posted by wasif View Post
This is a very old family picture of my great grand uncle out hunting. His name was Sirajuddin Ahmed and he was the son of Khutbuddin Ahmed ....... Any idea what car they are sitting on ?
Quote:
Originally Posted by karlosdeville View Post
The car should probably be a late 1910s/early 1920s mid sized Fiat, maybe 501. On second thought the wheels do look American...
Lovely old photo Wasif, so refreshing after seeing repeats and so many dull cars of the 1950's, even if some go gaga about them.
I would also stick to the tourer being American, the headlights offer an additional clue. Maybe a Dodge, Studebaker? Before 1925?

I was surprised to note that the splitty Beetle elicited so little response, it was something debated a lot. Not even from Beetlemaniacs.

Here is a Buick Super convertible 1947 on wedding duty. Note the trafficators added to the side pillar, and that structure on the bus to accomodate the destination boards. Unfortunately it's not legible even with high magnification.

Cheers harit
Attached Thumbnails
Nostalgic automotive pictures including our family's cars-buick-open-indicator.jpg  

harit is offline   (1) Thanks Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
A Nostalgic look at the Indian Racing Scene moralfibre Indian Motorsport 19 22nd October 2016 17:16
A Nostalgic poll : Premier Padmini or Hindustan Ambassador. Which would you choose? Dippy The Indian Car Scene 207 11th July 2013 00:51
Nostalgic drive on NH-4 teknicsand Travelogues 7 16th June 2011 13:16
Why do we all cover-up the number plates of our cars/bikes/scooters in pictures? anjan_c2007 The Indian Car Scene 6 19th November 2008 20:34
A very Nostalgic Travelogue - 10 years ago mail4ajo Travelogues 17 15th April 2008 23:47


All times are GMT +5.5. The time now is 23:25.

Copyright 2000 - 2016, Team-BHP.com
Proudly powered by E2E Networks