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Old 20th March 2022, 02:44   #1471
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A pair of passenger transport busses in the South, one GMC and one Ford.
RKV Motors is still around, mainly operating in the Trivandrum area.
The founder's son, the late Capt. Rajkumar was my first Flying Instructor at the Kerala Aviation Training Centre (Kerala Flying Club).
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Hi all,

Cool thread.
This recently turned up in the city.

Looks like a Bedford J series Firetruck.
What makes this interesting is the Fire related paraphernalia.

Apparently has the Perkins P6 Diesel engine.

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An International/Austin (?) Bus plying in Kerala

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An International/Austin (?) Bus plying in Kerala
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This is perhaps more likely a 1950's Commer (S4) ?

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A 1930s/40s (?) Dodge truck.

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Here is a lovely unique one - a 1930s Vauxhall Hearse, shot here in Pune in the 1990s
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The car was subsequently sold and a platform fashioned for the rear end of the body. This is what it looked like some years back when for sale. It is now in a Pune collection.
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I remember seeing this as a hearse near Dorabjee biryani in the 1990s.
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In 1966 a batch of Tata Mercedes busses with bodies built by Ruby set for dispatch to Sudan.

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Busses in period at the Satara Bus Stand. Chevys I assume?

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In 1966 a batch of Tata Mercedes busses with bodies built by Ruby set for dispatch to Sudan.

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Mumbai's BEST used to be a big RUBY customer (till late 1990's). But nowadays I don't see any BEST bus bodies built by RUBY. Similarly JAY coach builders went out of vogue in early 1990's.

And ditto story with Antony. Circa 2005, Antony Garages was a big supplier of bus bodies for BEST. But nowadays you don't see those either.

I wonder why. Any idea?

Are these companies still around? I think they made very good bus bodies (esp RUBY and Antony).
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A Tata Mercedes bus with ornate trims

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A Ford V8 Bus plying in the South

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A fleet of AMS busses in Cochin

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A fleet of Leyland buses for Delhi Transport, undated. Coachbuilt by Khira and finished in blue, they were fitted with fans and a clock.

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Tata Mercedes chassis ready for export
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A Mercedes Ambulance at the Tata Hospital in Jamshedpur
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News of the His Holiness The Pope having presented 20 Tata Mercedes trucks for food distribution.
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Tata Mercedes chassis ready for export
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Thank you for this! This is an unusual cowl design for TMB products. I guess the design must have been around for a very short duration. Wonder why the headlights are looking black. Is it possible for you to post a larger image and provide details of the newsletter?

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A fleet of Leyland buses for Delhi Transport, undated. Coachbuilt by Khira and finished in blue, they were fitted with fans and a clock.

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Were these rear engined? Can't see the grill. Were the chassis made by AL or imported from British Leyland? Comet of course was made in India.

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