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Old 8th February 2011, 23:06   #16
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So, I was looking around the vintage cars and was wondering if someone would please be able to tell me where could I find affordable vintage cars in Hyderabad ? I don't know yet, if such a car is what I want to buy with the limited finances I have which end up every month walking the tight rope deciding on saving up for a house or a car.
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I think you can get an affordable car in good running condition. Just scan through the classifieds section here, even on teambhp and also other websites to look out for cars within your budget and get a proper idea.
However you must be prepared to spend and spend when there is need anytime and anywhere to keep the beauty in a fit condition. Sometimes we spend more than the cost price of the car to keep it running as spares are scarce and hard to come by.
So I think sometimes it may become unaffordable too, but most owners (at least teambhpians) have enough guts to keep the car running.

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When I started, an MG TC was Rs 10K. And that was expensive, creativity was required to raise that amount at that time.
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Harit, and when was that? Just to know when we can aspire to collect what you have!
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Harit, and when was that? Just to know when we can aspire to collect what you have!
Hey, that was in 1978! And I bought my MG for 12K, so I paid a premium as I realised that good times will not last. Around 1982 the price jumped to 25K, absolutely out of my reach at that time.

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Hey, that was in 1978! And I bought my MG for 12K, so I paid a premium as I realised that good times will not last. Around 1982 the price jumped to 25K, absolutely out of my reach at that time.

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Just for my knowledge, How much were Jaguars for at that time (1978) ?
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+ 1 to all the fellow Fiat fans here. The Fiat 1100 is the most easy - to source, cheap to buy, easy to run & maintain, "vintage"/ classic in India. There are many examples in great shape just waiting to be picked up. Jeeps are another option, but can cost more. And Beetles can require major work. (Refer to PAVAN KADAM 's thread).
All the best in your ventures.
Isnt that just great. I thought you said Fiats were one of the parts of socialist India which need to be forgotten or something. Do refresh my memory though.

@Harit, You are absolutely correct. Even if we have bought Fiats at mere 10k Rupees, we have spent more than 10 times that in restoring it. HOWEVER, that is not the most important factor. And Im sure you will agree with me on this, the most important cost in a resto is Time!!
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Just for my knowledge, How much were Jaguars for at that time (1978) ?
Around 1976, a XK 120 with overheating problems was going for 8K. That car is alive in north India today. Other Jags like Mark VII were actually being scrapped.

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Isnt that just great. I thought you said Fiats were one of the parts of socialist India which need to be forgotten or something. Do refresh my memory though.

@Harit, You are absolutely correct. Even if we have bought Fiats at mere 10k Rupees, we have spent more than 10 times that in restoring it. HOWEVER, that is not the most important factor. And Im sure you will agree with me on this, the most important cost in a resto is Time!!
"Fiats were one of the parts of socialist India". Well, today even Germans collect Trabants. But after the wall fell, they could not throw them away fast enough. I was in Berlin maybe 2 years after the wall fell, and these abandoned Trabants literally littered the streets. The body was of some non bio degradeable plastic.
Agree about time, but most important is to find a competent "Karigar" with time.

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Hello All ,

I think this is the appropriate thread to post my take on acquisition of vintage cars . I have been harping on direct purchase for quite some time on this forum .

As luck would have it , day before yesterday I ended up at a Government of India auction not by design but by chance .

I purchased the full lot of vehicles and accessories which were being auctioned -through the actual bidder at an agreed profit margin of 30%.

The vehicles were in various stages of dismantled condition with a lot of parts missing - so I do not know if my post will be of any help to first time vintage owners , but I think the post could serve as a reference for pricing vintage cars .

Money Involved Rs 2.25 lakhs for the purchases

I restore a car a year with my staff , so I do not have to worry about mechanics & garages -

The purchases :

Somehow the pictures got jumbled during the attaching process , Regret the lack of continuity in the picture post

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Hello people,

We dont have a forum named 'why car ?', lol, so I take liberty of posting here.
I am in a dilemma and need some advice.

I have grown up playing hide and seek in the 'dikki' of beetle (bug) which used to 'dikki' is in the front.. lol), my favorite seat on our Austin of England A40 used to be on top of the front left tyre.

So, I was looking around the vintage cars and was wondering if someone would please be able to tell me where could I find affordable vintage cars in Hyderabad ? I don't know yet, if such a car is what I want to buy with the limited finances I have which end up every month walking the tight rope deciding on saving up for a house or a car.



My initial plan was for a Tata safari, but the cost of it and the rising inflation eating into my saving capabilities, is pushing her further away. So, I think what I really want to ask is : Are there still affordable (for around 2 lakhs ... yea the family did not purchase lands and the son they have is financially a useless fella !!) vintages (including morris) that can be bought in/around Hyderabad ?




Once when I was in Pune and spoke to a person who quoted 30 hundred grand for a Beetle, said, we source these cars from old provinces of the Nizams and forgotten villages. No one knows their value in such places. So, is there any place around Hyderabad that someone could suggest ?

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I from my personal experience would advise you to restore a jeep for a first project. Jeeps are a lot easier to restore specially in hyderabad. Restoration of jeeps is the easiest and child's play compared to a vintage car. So before you get too involved and later regret getting involved in restoration of vintage cars due to lack of patience,spares or some other reason try a jeep and find out if you are made of restoration material.
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I from my personal experience would advise you to restore a jeep for a first project. Jeeps are a lot easier to restore specially in hyderabad. Restoration of jeeps is the easiest and child's play compared to a vintage car. So before you get too involved and later regret getting involved in restoration of vintage cars due to lack of patience,spares or some other reason try a jeep and find out if you are made of restoration material.
Best of luck.
Hamza.....restoring a WW2 Willy or Ford Jeep accurately is even harder than restoring a high end vintage car of the same period.

Jeeps from the late 50's would probably be a bit easier to restore as they are very basic.

Its because not many people know what an accurately restored early Jeep looks like or the extent of parts it came with they look at a nicely painted Jeep and think its well restored.

There are only a handfull of well restored Jeeps to be found in India roday.
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As luck would have it , day before yesterday I ended up at a Government of India auction not by design but by chance.

I purchased the full lot of vehicles and accessories which were being auctioned -through the actual bidder at an agreed profit margin of 30%.
Nice haul by the looks of it. 'especially love the pick-up truck! Is it a Ford?

I would say you're fortunate to get one that is still complete, with seemingly fewer parts missing. Does it have the original engine intact?
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Hamza.....restoring a WW2 Willy or Ford Jeep accurately is even harder than restoring a high end vintage car of the same period.

Jeeps from the late 50's would probably be a bit easier to restore as they are very basic.

Its because not many people know what an accurately restored early Jeep looks like or the extent of parts it came with they look at a nicely painted Jeep and think its well restored.

There are only a handfull of well restored Jeeps to be found in India roday.
Wasif.... I totally agree with you,but when I mentioned jeep I didn't mean a 40's or a 50's jeep. I meant restoration of a jeep if Indian make, and a much later period. As u said restoration of a 40's willys or ford is equally tough as the restoration of a vintage cars, specially the ford.

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Yes agree with you ....an early Mahendra is not that complicated to restore and look after.

What I would love to do is get a maruti Gypsey ..get a nice powerfull Diesel installed, throw away the doors, put on a minimal top, maybe lift it a bit and have a blast with it.
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Nice haul by the looks of it. 'especially love the pick-up truck! Is it a Ford?

I would say you're fortunate to get one that is still complete, with seemingly fewer parts missing. Does it have the original engine intact?

Hello Shyam ,

I came across this post today , have been out since end of last month , the truck is a Dodge JobRated and yes it is nearly complete and has the original engine, as the vehicles belonged to a Government ITI ( Indutrial Training Institute ) the vehicles are opened up for teaching & display purposes.

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