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Old 28th December 2009, 10:54   #1
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A look at the collection of Tutu Dhawan...master classic car restorer from Delhi and a Team-BHPian (Jagmanindia). The following pictures include his cars, as well as customer restoration projects.

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Beautiful collection of cars restored. I had the pleasure of meeting him when he was working on the 630K
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Interesting to see that out of 11-12 cars, 3 of them are from Calcutta.
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Great to see such cars and in pristine condition too.....

more about Tutu Dhawan......

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Is that a Mini or the original Maruti? Tutu was a close friend of Sanjay Gandhi during the original Maruti days and he did have a car or two of the original tucked away in his garage.

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A look at the collection of Tutu Dhawan...master classic car restorer from Delhi and a Team-BHPian (Jagmanindia). The following pictures include his cars, as well as customer restoration projects.

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Superb stuff indeed. Would you have more pictures of the Bentley in the first picture?

Incidentally more pics of the Baby Hindusthan (based on, but not a Morris) here.

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/1134743-post242.html

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Interesting to see that out of 11-12 cars, 3 of them are from Calcutta.
Delhi has many collectors and a very active vintage and classic car scene, cars are constantly acquired from all over the country.
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Is that a Mini or the original Maruti? Tutu was a close friend of Sanjay Gandhi during the original Maruti days and he did have a car or two of the original tucked away in his garage.

That is the mini . Didnt know that maruti had any reseblance to this. Can anyone post the pictures of the "original" maruti please? Did it look like the cooper?
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Some more pictures of that fab restored 1939 Bentley 4.25 DHC

Does anyone know its history and who owns it ?
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That is the mini . Didnt know that maruti had any reseblance to this. Can anyone post the pictures of the "original" maruti please? Did it look like the cooper?
Definitely a Mini and not an old model Maruti.
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Beautiful collection of cars and best restoration work. One light blue Chevy DIC 7623 was from the collection of Mr. Tarun Thakral. Can anybody have all the latest pics of Mr. Tarun's cars. All though it is seen on other website, but not posted in Team-bhp site.
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His work is indeed one of the best in Delhi if not one of the best in India.I Have some pictures which ui had taken in his garage in delhi will have to look for them and will post them for sure after that.
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Here is a writeup from his website - Automobile Restoration - Vintage Cars - Car Restoration Experts - Vintage Car Parts - Vintage Automobile Accessories - Old Cars - Vintage Cars - Car Rallying - Automotive Expert - Automobile Engine Rebuilding - Automobile Structural Woodworking - Aut

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Restoration of Jaguar Mark X 4.2 1962 model

Jaguar is one of the most charismatic companies in the world producing a glamourous range of automobiles. From its three plants in Coventry and one in Birmingham, have rolled out some of the arguably most beautiful cars in the world. From a humble company making motorcycle side-cars, this company has become one of the finest producers of sporty saloons in the world.

The Mark X is considered by many to be one of the best cars jaguar has ever made. This car was supposed to be the businessman's executive express as well as a comfortable family car. Introduced in October 1961, with a 3.8 litre, 3-carburettor engine from the XK150, the Mark X was quite a quick car inspite of its weight - a massive 3,500 kgs - even the Tatas would be hard-pressed to match that! The most significant mechanical development in these models had been the development of independent rear suspension, as first seen on 'E'-Types. Many cars were sold and praises were showered on this car by all and sundry and the model looked to be a sure success. It did have a number of problems which took some time to eliminate but what mattered was that it was the beginning of a long line of brilliant cars, all descendants of the magnificent Mark X.

The Mark X's engine grew overtime to the 4.2 litre as shown in this beautifully restored classic. The 4.2 litre breathed through 3 carburettors. This particular model is the 420G with a twin-cam 4,235 cc 6 cylinder engine generating 'only' 265 bhp. This lady could run to 100 km/hr in her youth within 11 seconds and keep on running to 200 km/hr. This means that she was faster than the Honda City and could even give the modern Indian Mercedes' a run for their money. After restoration, we timed her to hit 100 in 15 seconds. We touched 165 km/hr on the Delhi-Agra highway; unfortunately all those wandering tractors did not really boost our confidence enough to try her top speed, though she was giving signals that she could do 180 km/hr plus - her accelerator pedal was not yet fully on the floor! Remember all this with a GVW of over 3,500 kgs! I dare any Honda City to manage that!

Her deep bass growls when you floor her throttle is something to give an arm or a leg for. Just to hear her snort through her nostrils would change your perception of sound. No tinny aluminium engine sounds here. Just the deep rumbling of machinery which knows its business. Besides the engine, her beautiful flowing lines are like poetry in motion. They have a very feline look about them which is at the same time graceful, suppine - there are probably few superlatives to describe her. I refer to the Jaguar as a "she" because of her almost alive presence. You can feel her warm, caring look towards you. It is almost surreal.

However, it was not always this way. When she initially came in for restoration, MRF 3001 was literally in two pieces. Her chassis had to be put back in shape and she had to be restored from ground up. Her body was painstakingly put back together by using original Jaguar works manuals for the Mark X. Body panels were fabricated out of pressed steel and the interior panelling was put together as per original specifications. After this, the engine had to be opened up and overhauled. The carburettors were creating problems and original carburettors were imported from England. The 4.2 litre was given new pistons, rings etc. to bring it back to peak shape. Six platinum tipped spark plugs completed the effort. The car has an electric overdrive which was not working. This was repaired. Two new fuel pumps were required for the twin fuel tanks. The suspension, the steering and the brakes were also totally redone. What proved challenging was however the tricky rear suspension. The rear suspension consists of transverse tubular lower links and universal-jointed halfshafts, in addition to four combined coil-spring and telescopic shock-absorber units, all housed in a separate steel shell or sub-frame, which is rubber-mounted to the body. Further are the radial arms! Though immensely complicated and quite heavy, it gives superlative ride comfort and road-holding. This proved difficult to overhaul, being of the type few have seen.

The interior had then to be restored completely. While a master craftsman hand-stitched the entire leather interior, another craftsman spent his days trying to recreate the beautiful wood lining and trimming on the centre-console and door panels. Even the ash-trays and the picnic tables on the rear seats had to be redone. The cost of doing up the leather interior itself was about Rs. 200,000! Woodwork added another tidy sum to this effort. This car has a factory-fitted rear air-conditioner which initially was very complex to service, because after assembling the car together, realisation dawned that the air-conditioning had a forward mounted condenser and cooling coil but a rearward mounted blower! The whole process of revamping the air-conditioner started all over again and finally the a/c got commissioned. In spite of the fact that the air has to travel a long distance after cooling, it is indeed quite effective. The other complex problem was servicing the factory-fitted electric window lifts. The motors all needed re-winding to bring them back to proper shape and the ratchet of the lifters had to be properly lubricated and slowly worked on to make the windows swoosh up and down noiselessly. Special white stripe tubeless radials were imported from General Tyres of USA who make these tyres especially for classic cars.

After spending 2 years and Rs.800,000, MRF 3001 became DL 1CC 9106. From a wreck, she had become a beauty and was ready to run. The Jaguar Mark X has been restored by Tutu Dhawan at Engineers' Corporation in Delhi and currently rests in the collection of an unnamed collector. She remains a dream to drive - just blip her throttle and you can mentally see her snorting through her nostrils. She runs like a Jaguar too!
These are some shots of the enigne bay of this Jaguar Mark X which i found there as well.
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Here is a shot of the engine of the Jaguar Xk 120 from his website again.
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Dear all - I am very fortunate to have known Mr.Ravikant Dhawan (Tutu is his pet name) from the good old Himalayan Rally days. A thorough gentleman and one very very very fast driver with amazing car control, an absolute delight to observe. Whenever anybody from Delhi talks to me about where he could find the best in car care / restoration, only two names come to mind, one of which is Mr.Dhawan. Hello Tutu, welcome to Team BHP. Let the forum benefit from your vast experience.

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Here are pics of a Morgan and a MG restored by Mr.Tutu Dhawan which were seen in the autocross on sunday.Both the cars look immaculate.
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