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Old 18th September 2019, 02:06   #1471
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Thank you Travencore I will pass along the message and send a response.
We found this on your treasure trove site.
I am trying to attach it. https://www.team-bhp.com/forum/pre-w...-india-55.html

The Car now, Thank you Travencore, very special car and nice to see the photos thru the years, quite exceptional. http://tlb-revival.co.uk/graham-tyso...-silver-ghost/
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Old 21st September 2019, 01:49   #1472
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Hi Gentleman,
I have a couple more to post out of the collection, "Left pic taken Europe early 70s, right pic India around same time. Likely same car? " a 540 K previous, and Third pic comentary "This looks as tho could be ex India car. Pic early 70s, Europe, (same location as ex India late Ghost, 20HP Tourer BWP 18 and 500k Merc) no other details known" Hard to believe the 70's was fifty years ago ! My Uncle John was a bit of a hero for me growing up as he always picked us up in the most spectacular vehicles, when ever we visited London when I was young. Many Thanks to my cousin for keeping them to share all these years later. Kind Regards Duncan
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Hi Gentleman,
I have a couple more to post out of the collection, "Left pic taken Europe early 70s, right pic India around same time. Likely same car? " a 540 K previous, and Third pic comentary "This looks as tho could be ex India car. Pic early 70s, Europe, (same location as ex India late Ghost, 20HP Tourer BWP 18 and 500k Merc) no other details known" Hard to believe the 70's was fifty years ago ! My Uncle John was a bit of a hero for me growing up as he always picked us up in the most spectacular vehicles, when ever we visited London when I was young. Many Thanks to my cousin for keeping them to share all these years later. Kind Regards Duncan

Thanks so much Duncan for sharing these priceless images. The Mercedes appears to be the Bahwalpur car, I believe very low milage and totally original and unrestored. Will hunt for more recent images, I had posted them in the past.
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Old 23rd September 2019, 20:30   #1474
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Hi Gentleman,
I have a couple more to post out of the collection, "Left pic taken Europe early 70s, right pic India around same time. Likely same car? " a 540 K previous, and
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Duncan, cant thank you enough for these treasures. Like Karl, I am convinced the 540K is the ex-Bahawalpur car. Survives in good nick.

The car was earlier discussed here:

https://www.team-bhp.com/forum/pre-w...ml#post3615420 (Cars of HH Nawab Sadiq M Abbasi V of Bahawalpur, Pakistan)

The Rolls-Royce looks very similar to the ex-Baroda Phantom I (71RF), but is not quite the same.

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Baroda with Maharaja Fatehsinhrao Gaekwad, likely still a Prince.

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Read this interesting article on royal cars yesterday.

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It is said that out of the 20000 Rolls Royce made before WW1, around 20 per cent were brought by Indian royalty - most personally customised.

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Facinatingly, adds Singh, "during 1900, Indian royalty invested heavily in the automobile industry with close to 100 custom made cars ordered every year. The shikar jeeps were given top priorty followed by the saloons and Rolls Royce for travel." The purchase, adds Dossa, "was always in bulk. So much so that Rolls Royce even coined phrases to identify the make and style needed by Indian royalty."
Article by Madhulika Dash/Vistara
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Baroda with Maharaja Fatehsinhrao Gaekwad, likely still a Prince.
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So much so that Rolls Royce even coined phrases to identify the make and style needed by Indian royalty."
Most Popular of them being - "Doing the Mysore.

The phrase "Doing a Mysore" was coined by the executives of Roll Royce referring to the Maharaja of Mysore who bought his cars in batches of seven!

https://www.team-bhp.com/forum/vinta...ja-mysore.html ("Doing a Mysore" again - Cars of Maharaja of Mysore)
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Read this interesting article on royal cars yesterday.

Article by Madhulika Dash/Vistara
I find it hard to believe that Rolls Royce had made 20,000 cars by 1914.

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I have received another, thank you for the responses. "Another pic likely taken same day, location, as the 540k might be of interest. It's a Hooper bodied P.ll Not sure if still in India "
I love the Jeep photos. Forget the Rolls son, I bought a Jeep, he he ! Thanks again for such a great repository of a beautiful bygone era. Enjoy !
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I have received another, thank you for the responses. "Another pic likely taken same day, location, as the 540k might be of interest. It's a Hooper bodied P.ll Not sure if still in India "

What a treasure, thanks for sharing and keep them coming! The car is 44MY, a Hooper sports tourer (Ducktail?). I believe the car is in Qatar now.
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I have received another, thank you for the responses. "Another pic likely taken same day, location, as the 540k might be of interest. It's a Hooper bodied P.ll Not sure if still in India "
The 540K had been given by Bahawalpur to Khairpur as a wedding gift. So indeed, they shared the same "stables".

Also, looks like 44MY had been repainted from its original light green and polished aluminium. 44MY and 89MW (Jaipur) were fraternal twins.

Keep the amazing pictures coming please !
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I can spot 4 cars in the picture below from Hyderabad

Picture credit : Nadeem Uddin Khan via Paigah of the Deccan Facebook page

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It was constructed by (Nawab Dawood Ali Khan Bahadur Jung) in the year 1924 at around 5 acres of land, which was located in heart of the city Narayanguda where Baptist church and Shanti theatre was constructed later.
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Some fantastic pictures of the Kolhapur Maybach

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Mayurbhanj state cars

Picture courtesy: Belgadia Palace

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Rajkumari Joyoti Devi Kaye, daughter of HH Maharajah Sri Ram Chandra Bhanj Deo and his wife Maharani Suchari Devi at the wheel of an early Riley
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