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Old 11th May 2015, 20:58   #976
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Photographed taken of the Durbar and oath taking ceremonies on the occasion of the inauguration of the Matsya States Union at Bharatpur on March 17, 1948 by Shri N.V. Gadgil, Central Minister for Works, Mines and Power.
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Arrival of the Hon'ble Mr. N.V. Gadgil Minister for Word Mine and Power at Bharatpur Railway Statiion for the inauguration of the Matsya States Union (March 1948)
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Another picture taken around the same time:



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Packard or Pierce Arrow ( lights look like integrated in the mudguard ) while the second one is a Studebaker for sure

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Packard or Pierce Arrow ( lights look like integrated in the mudguard ) while the second one is a Studebaker for sure

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BPS-107 (BPS = Bharatpur State?) is the Studebaker:

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Can you identify the other Bharatpur car?

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Can you identify the other Bharatpur car?

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I think the "other" car (rear view) is actually ALWAR.
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Studio/Jan.’52, “Pratap Villas” in Jamnagar the main palace of H.H. the jam Saheb of Nawanagar.
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This was posted on princely India, facebook page, is this a Buick or a Cadillac ?
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This was posted on princely India, facebook page, is this a Buick or a Cadillac ?
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The car is a Cadillac, with unusual body by VandenPlas. You should know the car well, it still attends events in Jaipur.

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The car is a Cadillac, with unusual body by VandenPlas. You should know the car well, it still attends events in Jaipur.
I though as much but the caption mentioned Buick so got thinking, the Cadillac is now owned by the state motor garage, so either it was sold to them or was a gift from Jodhpur or maybe it was a Jaipur car on loan to the Viceroy.
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Some interesting tales around the Delhi Durbar, courtesy the Motorsport Magazine

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Here is a picture of the Maharaja of Sikkim's Mercedes.

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This car is not in India any more, as per a very reliable source

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Here is a picture of the Maharaja of Sikkim's Mercedes.

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This car is not in India any more, as per a very reliable source

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I believe this car, painted deep blue, was shown at an earlier Cartier show in Delhi.

It was ex Sikkim , now with a prominent gentleman in Delhi
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Here is a picture of the Maharaja of Sikkim's Mercedes.
This car is not in India any more, as per a very reliable source

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I believe this car, painted deep blue, was shown at an earlier Cartier show in Delhi.

It was ex Sikkim , now with a prominent gentleman in Delhi
From our own forum
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/vintag...ml#post2294062

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Here is a picture of the Maharaja of Sikkim's Mercedes.

This car is not in India any more, as per a very reliable source

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Is that an automatic ? I see an automatic badge on the boot of that car. How old is that car exactly? Did automatics exist back then ?
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Is that an automatic ? I see an automatic badge on the boot of that car. How old is that car exactly? Did automatics exist back then ?
The car dates to 1958 I think. Automatic transmissions in some form or the other have been in existence probably as long as the automobile itself, though came into popularity I suppose only in the late 30s/early 40s, and by the late 40s were more or less the norm for the Americans. Chrysler offered 'Fluid Drive' semi automatics, and GM offered 'Hydramatic' transmissions. If I remember right Ford acutally offered a 'Fordomatic' too. The Europeans used Cotal pre-selectors from the 1920s or 30s probably.
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A glimpse at the Dodge, Mercedes and Willys from the garage of Sandur. The Dodge has been featured earlier:

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