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Old 3rd September 2012, 19:57   #196
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A Fantabulus advertisement - this is the kick-starter version, that followed the self- starter Fantabulus era!

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@ The mole your Fantabulus paint is looking superb. How could you exactly match the shades with the original ? Feel not many of these may be surviving in India right now. Do keep us posted with more pictures.

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A Fantabulus advertisement - this is the kick-starter version, that followed the self- starter Fantabulus era!

@ The mole your Fantabulus paint is looking superb. How could you exactly match the shades with the original ? Feel not many of these may be surviving in India right now. Do keep us posted with more pictures.
Hi Anjan da, it was a tough job to get the exact paint shade but the scooter was in the hands of an old timer who was able to get the right shade based on photos of powertwins bike and the original faded paint on my scooter. We used "verde" from the 2k catalog as a starting colour and added dashes of this and that till we got the pleasing end result. I was quite impressed when I saw the end product myself. Regards Amol
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Hi Anjan da, it was a tough job to get the exact paint shade...
Hello Amol, how is the restoration going on? Really eager to see the scooter in it's present state. Thanks in advance!
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Hello Amol, how is the restoration going on? Really eager to see the scooter in it's present state. Thanks in advance!
Hi Viju the Scooter is getting there, working on the finer details. But she's painted and ready and gone for touch up. She looks beautiful. Will post something very soon. But thanks for asking.
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Hello Amol, how is the restoration going on? Really eager to see the scooter in it's present state. Thanks in advance!
Hi viju as promised some pics but hell lot of detailing pending not satisfied with the body and paint 100 percent
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Some more pics as its raining in Mumbai I am unable to get the scoot out of the garage for better photos.
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Some more pics as its raining in Mumbai I am unable to get the scoot out of the garage for better photos.

Looks good Amol. Is the horn grill out of alignment?

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Looks good Amol. Is the horn grill out of alignment?

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Yes it does, the problem is its raining so heavily here that i am unable to send it back to the garage for some alignment issues.
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Hi Anjan da, it was a tough job to get the exact paint shade but the scooter was in the hands of an old timer who was able to get the right shade based on photos of powertwins bike and the original faded paint on my scooter. We used "verde" from the 2k catalog as a starting colour and added dashes of this and that till we got the pleasing end result. I was quite impressed when I saw the end product myself. Regards Amol
Amol, the scooter in the latest pictures is looking superb. As you say you are not satisfied with the paint job, maybe it is the finishing. The shade appears to be exactly the same as the original, I believe.
Is the self starter working? Believe this model did not have the kick-starter option.
This will be among the handful of Fantabulus' surviving, more so in the original British avatar. And in the originality stakes, it beats the rest !
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As you say you are not satisfied with the paint job, maybe it is the finishing. The shade appears to be exactly the same as the original, I believe.
Is the self starter working? Believe this model did not have the kick-starter option.
Anjan-da thanks for your comments, don't get me wrong she is well painted and all that. It's just the minor detailing as rightly pointed out by KPS like the horn grill etc that needs alignment, very minor but needs to be done. Everything else is pretty sorted out. She Self starts everytime beautifully. The Siba Dyna starter was sorted out the Battery charges well. Need to get the Fanatbulus script laser cut for the front in Brass and then chrome plated for the front panel on the left.

Powertwin was my greatest source of support and he helped me with a lot of parts and pushed me on.

All said and done she is a odd little thing isn't she? But put her next to my series 1 lambretta and she just takes over the show. No one even looks at the Lambretta! thats just how she is.

When it gets sunny, I'll pull her out for some detail photographs. Till then she's all covered up.
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I am posting article written by me on Fanatabulus, which appeared in Indian auto in ' 97.
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So far I haven't seen any documentation on the exact year of introduction of the Fantabulus, chanced upon this article from the Madras facebook page confirming it as 1961.

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One of my uncle's owned a Fantabulous. He purchased it in 1968. It had IIRC a self starter. In those days with wait lists that ran into years for a Vespa and months for the Lambretta the Fantabulous was the only option if you wanted a scooter urgently and couldn't wait for months or years. I traveled on it on dozens of occasions. But even in those days it was a rare sight. I do not know where it did on reliability. It was an Indian designed product which was quite something for the 1960s.

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