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Old 7th June 2017, 11:36   #136
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As late as 1949, it seems Ford had assembly operations in 3 parts of the country - Bombay, Calcutta and Madras. Fascinating, I wonder what the degree of assembly was. I wonder if the kits went from 1 plant to the other 2.

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From a 1968 publication called "Automobile Facts & Figures".

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Interestingly enough it lists a car called the Standard Champion - any idea what this was? Or just a typo? I have never come across a mention otherwise.
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From a 1968 publication called "Automobile Facts & Figures".

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Interestingly enough it lists a car called the Standard Champion - any idea what this was? Or just a typo? I have never come across a mention otherwise.
You read my mind Karl! I believe Studebaker Champions were assembled in India.

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You read my mind Karl! I believe Studebaker Champions were assembled in India.
Can it be STANDARD COMPANION?

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Can it be STANDARD COMPANION?
NO, standard companion is already there in the list
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Morris Motors, ca 1946. An "export" model on the assembly line. I am surprised at the spelling, not "HindustHan"
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Morris Motors, ca 1946. An "export" model on the assembly line.
Wow Prem, you made my day. The cars were always advertised with a strong nationalist streak - I was under the impression they were made here - or perhaps the earliest ones were fully imported. I remember seeing Morris as well as Hindustan ID plates on 10a.

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I am surprised at the spelling, not "HindustHan"
I think Hindusthan came later on, and then reverted to Hindustan.
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Here is another ad from P B Press & Sons dated 1934
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Another ad for P B Press's coachbuilding services.
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To put to end any confusion on the exact introduction dates of the Landmaster

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The car was previewed to the press on December 27th 1954 at the CCI in Bombay, and prices at Rs. 10,475 ex plant.
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I recently found a 1966 issue of the Illustrated weekly of India, and came across this neat article on the Arvind car
Some pictures were shared on FB by Aravind automobiles page, the car is awaiting restoration.
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Some pictures were shared on FB by Aravind automobiles page, the car is awaiting restoration.
The windscreen looks like the rear glass of the Herald, incidentally!
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The only advertisement I have come across so for for the Aravind, courtesy the superb Heritage Transport Museum in Delhi.

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Probably best suited to this thread - probably a landmark in car transport history for a mainstream manufacturer

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In the early 1990s I transported my Premier Padmini from Bombay to Delhi in an Indian Airlines Airbus A300. The cargo hold below the passenger deck was large enough to put a 4 metre car in (on a raft). It was the way to shift cars if you didn't want any scratches. It cost a wee bit but I don't recall how much. And I must say because it was a special cargo consignment the Indian Airlines team was customer centric and efficient.
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As late as 1949, it seems Ford had assembly operations in 3 parts of the country - Bombay, Calcutta and Madras. Fascinating, I wonder what the degree of assembly was. I wonder if the kits went from 1 plant to the other 2.
I remember being told that George Oakes(?) was the dealer/distributor for these cars in Madras. Not sure if they did the assembly too.
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