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Old 20th March 2011, 19:09   #31
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Indeed, one of which is/was based in Malabar Hill? If I recall the Dubash car, it is a baby Ferrari and a late 70s or even 80s car? Could someone remind me please?
None of these two were in Malabar Hill, the Charger at Kemps Corner, Rambler at Shivaji Park.

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Faster ....how I wish the XK would really by "my" XK !! just reading your post makes me happy. Then there is the Aston Martin Hyderabad which would come in probably second after the 300 SL ! what do you think. Also if we can add "quirky" then the only NSU Sport Prinz in India will also be on the list. Went thru Hyderabad to Mumbai, does anyone know where it is ?
The Aston does exist, was thought lost for a while. I have seen two NSU Sport Prinz both syders, one red and the other yellow. They were in Juhu with a dealer.

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Ah excellent nothing like pictures, I recall a 308 GT4 Dino for some reason? I had no idea about the 365...
This 12 cylinder Ferrari was yellow in colour, had 3 carbs. Once when I had gone to the airport this car was there, and he opened the bonnet for us. He also told us that he does not have much opportunity to use the car at good speed. Soon she developed mechanical problems, and was rarely used. This owner even had a BMW M1 in Mumbai, which was soon sent back as she could not be driven. Too low.

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Where is the Aston now ?? In Hyderabad as we had thought ????

The Sport Prinz I was talking about was bought from us in Hyderabad by your friends teh Solanki brothers. Last I heard it was with the Bhogilal collection ??? am I right or is it with you. The red coloured coupe from Goa.

What happened to the other two convertible Sport Prinz you talk about Are you sure they were convertibles and Sport Prinz as what I know is that the company never made any Sport Prinz soft tops.

here is a link to the same.

NSU Sport Prinz - Wikicars

The only soft top using the same Sport Prinz body style was the wankel engined Spyder

Pictured below is a Sport Prinz and a Wankel Spyder - The wankel Spyder was the worlds first rotary engined production car
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I had spotted an early '70s red Ferrari 246 GT Dino in Koramangala a couple of years back. Many people I know have told me that they've spotted the same car on the Intermediate Ring Road a couple of times.

I'd like to believe that it would feature in the top-3 most beautiful Ferraris ever produced. Incredibly low-slung, wide, and sounds like the devil on the prowl, the Dino has been one of my all time favourite cars.

How I'd love to catch it again.
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I had spotted an early '70s red Ferrari 246 GT Dino in Koramangala a couple of years back. How I'd love to catch it again.
How lovely! One of my favourite baby Ferraris...achingly pretty.
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Where is the Aston now ?? In Hyderabad as we had thought ???? The Sport Prinz I was talking about was bought from us in Hyderabad by your friends teh Solanki brothers. Last I heard it was with the Bhogilal collection ??? am I right or is it with you. The red coloured coupe from Goa. What happened to the other two convertible Sport Prinz you talk about Are you sure they were convertibles and Sport Prinz as what I know is that the company never made any Sport Prinz soft tops. The only soft top using the same Sport Prinz body style was the wankel engined Spyder. The wankel Spyder was the worlds first rotary engined production car
The Aston must still be in Hyderabad.
These two NSU's were wankel engined spyders. Shall try to ask that dealer about them.

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I had spotted an early '70s red Ferrari 246 GT Dino in Koramangala a couple of years back. Many people I know have told me that they've spotted the same car on the Intermediate Ring Road a couple of times.
There were Ferrari's in India as follows,
Dr Rossi 275.
Dubash 365
Customs carnet 308 which hung on and never went back, registered PAT 1 for an advertisement with Pataudi. Forget which product.
Delhi car now under covers.
Then came a couple of 308's and then still more came in. One car came in from Dubai and was sold in Bangaluru to a guy who has a few fine cars. This must be the 246. Another one came in and was on yellow taxi plates in Kerala. Later many more came into India, but the first four are listed above.

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The Dino that came from Dubai is probably the one Ajit brought. I have soem pictures from his gallery. He had two of them at one time a yellow and a red so not sure which one came to India.

Also from Ajits pictures the Alfa Zagato, Alfia Giulietta the Lancia, his T Bird and his Trans Am...all worthy of being here.
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The Lancia was rotting in FRK's garage in 2008 when I last saw it
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The Lancia was rotting in FRK's garage in 2008 when I last saw it

Who is FRK and where is the garage.

How come such great cars end up rotting all over India, its a peculiar trend here
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The Dino that came from Dubai is probably the one Ajit brought. I have soem pictures from his gallery. He had two of them at one time a yellow and a red so not sure which one came to India.
The red one belongs to someone else in Bangalore, not Ajit. The car is in good hands, I'm told. It shares its space with a number of classic and modern day exotics, including a beautiful 190SL that had recently been nurtured back to running-condition.

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I think it was brought in by Ajit who later sold it to someone in Bangalore.
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The Lancia was rotting in FRK's garage in 2008 when I last saw it
I believe the cars have been shifted. To Chennai.

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The red one belongs to someone else in Bangalore, not Ajit. The car is in good hands, I'm told. It shares its space with a number of classic and modern day exotics, including a beautiful 190SL that had recently been nurtured back to running-condition.
Red 'ONE' was sold on to Bangalore to this collector of fine cars.
Any pictures of thus 190 SL?

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I am aware of a Austin-Healey 3000 and a Sprite here in Hyderabad. Have heard of a 3000 in Calcutta. Any others?
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I am aware of a Austin-Healey 3000 and a Sprite here in Hyderabad. Have heard of a 3000 in Calcutta. Any others?
Rashid Bhai has a Healey 3000 too. There was a lovely Aqua Blue Healey 100/6 that was in Hyderabad for one of the events at Krishna Oberio way back from Mumbai...can never forget the car.

Who's Healey and Sprite are you talking about.

Rashid Bhai's Sunbeam Alpine also needs to be mentioned here. There was another one in that garage opposite Nagarjuna Hotel, any idea what happened to it
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Who's Healey and Sprite are you talking about.
Rashid Bhai's and Muffakhamjah's
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Rashid Bhai's and Muffakhamjah's
There is a Sprite with the Muffakhamjah's family ???? Where is it housed adn do you have any pictures.

Did Rashid Bhai finally gt the Healy done ? I was supposed to start work on it but couldn't as I was leaving the country. I had just finished the mechanicals on his Alpine around thsi time.
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