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Old 5th May 2020, 20:12   #1531
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Are you sure this is in India ? KLT is also a UK plate. The background of the picture does seem to be in Kerala
The Doors and Windows of the house in the background is definitely not of Kerala or even south Indian type. The UK angle seems to be the right one

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Found this interesting piece on a Kerala made car Aravind online.

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The story is set in the 1960s. The king of Thiruvithamkoor, Sree Chithira Thirunal, wanted to have a car of his liking. It was 1962, when the Portuguese had been driven out of Goa. A visit to Goa would help procure elegant European and American cars, the king was informed. The king's private secretary P V Thampi and a well-known automobile engineer of that time A K Balakrishna Menon set off to Goa. They returned with the concept of Aravind, the first ever car to be built in Kerala.
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......what happened to Palace Special is not known, but the success encouraged Menon to make a car on his own. That was how Aravind took shape; it was much smaller and looked much like American and contemporary British models. One such car is still around, though more info regarding it needs to be dug out. It is also not clear if Menon built more than one car.
The link to this interesting piece of history is: - https://english.manoramaonline.com/b...in-kerala.html
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Found this interesting piece on a Kerala made car Aravind online.
Hello Bimal. I remember seeing this car in Trivandrum. Believe Aravind had his workshop somewhere close to Thakaparambu Road. Memories dim after 50 years :(

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His workshop was in the place where current parthas stands. Checked with my mother .

The founder was a friend of my grandfather apparently. In fact this car was there for my grandfather's funeral ( he died young and Trivandrum was a small town then). Yes my grandfather was an auto/photo enthusiast. We are still in thampanoor , Trivandrum.

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The pics ( panorama shots) from the funeral. Aravind Menon ( the cars visionary) is circled.
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An interesting photo from my maternal Grandfather's family (Nilambur Kovilakom). I have heard him say that the Head of the family bought a new Ford every year. This one looks pretty beat up though :(

Grandfather's 1948 Wolseley Eight is now in the Geedee Museum, Coimbatore. The registration is not authentic though.

Nilambur (Malabar) belonged to the then Madras Presidency.
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An interesting photo from my maternal Grandfather's family (Nilambur Kovilakom). I have heard him say that the Head of the family bought a new Ford every year. This one looks pretty beat up though :(

Grandfather's 1948 Wolseley Eight is now in the Geedee Museum, Coimbatore. The registration is not authentic though.

Nilambur (Malabar) belonged to the then Madras Presidency.
Thanks for sharing - I doubt this is a Ford though, perhaps a DeSoto/Plymouth? Myabe even a Chevy.
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I have heard him say that the Head of the family bought a new Ford every year. This one looks pretty beat up though :(
The gentle man sitting holding the tiffin carrier reminds me of some one I know, or I know some one who resemble that gentleman

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Thanks for sharing - I doubt this is a Ford though, perhaps a DeSoto/Plymouth? Myabe even a Chevy.
The front end and the stance of the car has a very strong resemblance to Ford Model A, even in the beat up condition it is


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The gentle man sitting holding the tiffin carrier reminds me of some one I know, or I know some one who resemble that gentleman

The front end and the stance of the car has a very strong resemblance to Ford Model A, even in the beat up condition it is


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Thanks for sharing - I doubt this is a Ford though, perhaps a DeSoto/Plymouth? Myabe even a Chevy.
I do think it is likely a Chevy as well (likely 1931). The attached photo shows similar curved headlamp cross bar and bumpers.

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And yes Ram, my wife was struck by the resemblance to someone she knows as well

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1968 American Rambler converted to RHD.
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